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The Alan Turing Cryptography Competition ran for the first time in January 2012 as part of the Alan Turing Year centenary celebrations. The competition was so successful in promoting mathematics to young mathematicians that we are running it again, in essentially the same format, from January 2013.
The Alan Turing Cryptography Competition is open to all schoolchildren up to and including Year 11 (England and Wales), up to and including S4 (Scotland) and up to and including Year 12 (Northern Ireland). Whilst we believe that the competition is most suitable for schoolchildren at secondary school, the early stages of the competition may be accessible to schoolchildren in the final year of primary school.
The story follows Mike and Ellie who must solve a number of cryptographic problems involving a mysterious ancient Egyptian artefact - the `Egyptian Enigma'. The problems do not need any sophisticated mathematics to solve, nor do they require the use of computers. Instead, logical thought and problem-solving abilities are all that is required.
The competition runs from Monday 7th January 2013 to Monday 18th March 2013, and a new chapter of the story (each containing a code to solve) is released every 2 weeks on Mondays at 4pm. There are 6 chapters in total. The solutions will be released on Monday 8th April 2013.
Pupils should form teams of between 1 and 4 people. We firmly believe that solving the problems should be done collaboratively and that team-work is an important part of mathematics!
There are prizes (Amazon gift vouchers) awarded at various stages in the competition. These are: £15 gift vouchers per team member for the first team to solve each chapter, and up to five £10 gift vouchers per team member `spot' prizes for teams who correctly solve each chapter within the first two weeks of its scheduled release. At the end of the competition, the top three teams on the leaderboard will win £30, £25, £20 gift vouchers per team member; and their schools will receive a trophy.
When registering, each team is asked to supply the contact details of a teacher at their school. This is so we can keep in contact with the schools who enter the competition, including notifying the prize-winners. Please be aware that prizes will be sent to the nominated teacher for the teacher to distribute to the winning team members.
If your school has a mathematics club or society then the competition would make an ideal activity for them.