By Caitlin Chandler

STEM-minded Virginia high school students can earn a pizza party for their high school by completing a fun and easy coding game to build a virtual pizza.

Starting Feb. 28, high school students who successfully complete the coding tutorial can enter their high school into a competition to receive pizzas from Papa John's. The winning high school will receive a gift card for 125 pizzas, the second-place finisher gets a gift card for 100 pizzas and the third-place team earns a gift card for 75 pizzas. The game can be played by anyone, but only students in Virginia can enter their school to win the pizza party. No coding experience is needed.

The competition continues through 12:30 p.m. March 11.

To enter, visit code4pizzaodu.com or find #Code4PizzaODU posts on ODU's social media channels.

#Code4PizzaODU is designed to expose students to the creative side of computer science and electrical and computer engineering as they play a coding minigame to build their virtual pizzas. Players are encouraged to share their virtual pizzas on their social media channels. The initiative stems from ODU's participation in the commonwealth's Tech Talent Investment Program aimed at increasing the tech talent pipeline in Virginia. ODU hopes to encourage more students to enter the computer science and electrical and computer engineering disciplines in the next two decades.

To learn more about the Tech Talent Pipeline at ODU visit: odu.edu/ttp.

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