Code Beats with VCU Engineering is Almost Here!

27 March, 2020

Code Beats with VCU Engineering is Almost Here!


School is out, but VCU College of Engineering is offering free programs and resources to help keep kids learning and discovering for the rest of the school year and beyond.

free online coding camp for middle school students called Code Beats will be offered next week by David Shepherd, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science.

With a multidisciplinary team of VCU faculty members, Shepherd is turning to hip-hop music as an effective — and more importantly, fun — way to teach basic computer science concepts.

While the coronavirus pandemic thwarted the original plans for an in-person event in early April, the team quickly pivoted to a virtual experience that can be offered to more students.

From Monday through Thursday, campers will go through a lesson and work on their own projects. On Friday at 5 p.m., the students will livestream a Friday Night Code Beats Tournament in which the students and families can vote for a winner. To learn more, check out the linked flyer below:

Code Beats Online Flyer!

(Not quite what you’re looking for? No worries, VCU Engineering also offers a free, online Early Engineers Handbook of kid-tested engineering learning activities and a free, online book of paper airplane designs!)