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VCU School of Engineering Presents Summer Camp
June 30, 2009

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Engineering Department of Computer Science and the Enhancing Diversity in Engineering Nucleus (E.D.E.N.) present “It’s time to Press Play”, teaching children to develop their own video games.

The summer camp will run June 29th through July 2nd, at the Mary and Frances Youth Center, Richmond, Virginia.

“It’s Time to Press Play”, originally conceived by Hanover County Computer Science teachers, is a collaboration between the Department of Computer Science, E.D.E.N. (Enhancing Diversity in Engineering Nucleus,) the Mary & Frances Youth Center’s Lobs & Lessons Program, the Division of Community Engagement, and Richmond City and Hanover County Public Schools.

Funding for the camp is made possible by a generous grant from the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Council for Community Engagement. 78 of the 120 greater Richmond area middle-school aged children are attending the camp on full or partial scholarships supported by the community engagement grant.

Camp programming for It’s Time to Press Play, uses video game programming to stimulate an interest in math and science, while also offering on-site tennis and life skills activities. Children attending will learn to create their own video games from concept through programming. Each child will take several video games home on a USB drive at the conclusion of the camp.


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