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St. Louis girls team breaks through the coding gender barrier

from St. Louis Post-Dispatch

When Bella Moak describes her GlobalHack VI experience, she does so in broad, life-altering terms. "It felt really empowering," says the 15-year-old sophomore at Visitation Academy. As the only all-girls team at the worldwide coding competition held at Chaifetz Arena last month, Bella and her middle-school and high-school teammates stood out in a space filled with more than 1,000 bright and ambitious students and professionals. In the end, they won first place in the youth division and second place overall, taking home $50,000 and besting hundreds of teams of college students and professionals by designing a cellphone app to make it easier for homeless people to find a warm meal and a place to sleep. more

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