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Hip-Hop Paves the Way to Coding Comprehension
November 17, 2020
Code Beats, a VCU professor’s course that teaches coding through music, is introducing Richmond middle school students to a new way of learning computer programming.
By Dina Weinstein
University Public Affairs
Virginia Commonwealth University
“On a Thursday afternoon, David Shepherd, Ph.D., an associate professor of computer science in the VCU College of Engineering, shifts away from his university duties to teach computer coding to 30 Richmond sixth-graders from the STEM Academies at Thomas H. Henderson and Martin Luther King Jr. middle schools by leading them in lessons taking apart and putting together hip-hop rhythms, beats and melodies.”