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Mount Savage Middle School Student Wins Girls Who Code Contest

hawkinsAynsley Hawkins, a 6th grade student at Mount Savage Middle School, entered a contest through the school’s Girls Who Code club and won tickets to the Coldplay concert in Washington, D.C. British rock band, Coldplay, teamed up with, a nonprofit organization dedicated to computer science education, to invite students to celebrate the intersection of technology and music.

On February 18, 2022, the partnership launched a campaign inviting students around the world to use’s “Dance Party” activity to code dance moves for Coldplay’s Grammy-nominated single, "Higher Power." Students in the Mount Savage Middle School’s Girls Who Code club created entries for the contest.

“We’re thrilled to partner with one of the biggest bands in the world to promote computer science education,” said founder and CEO, Hadi Partovi. “Coldplay and both believe in the ‘higher power’ of computer science education for every student, in every classroom. I can’t wait to see how people use code to celebrate Coldplay’s music and share their creativity online.”

Participants were also encouraged to share their creations on social media using #codeplay to take part in this global campaign. Two participants in each tour city will be selected to win tickets to see Coldplay on tour. Classes can also enter together to win a classroom chat with the band. The deadline for that prize is June 10, 2022. Full details are available at

Girls Who Code (GWC) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology and computer science. Their mission is to inspire more girls to become computer scientists and engineers. 

Aynsley’s winning project can be seen HERE


Published 4/27/22