CHICAGO, Aug. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Announced today, Codeverse, the first interactive classroom and platform designed to teach children ages 6 to 12 the crucial skill of coding, is expanding its reach by bringing two new cutting-edge studios to the Chicago area, Wilmette and Naperville. The new studios, opening in Fall/Winter 2018, will offer after-school and weekend classes as well as weeklong camps, bringing the brand's technology to new audiences as the team works to accomplish their mission of teaching a billion kids to code. "What we've built is the classroom of the future, a fun, tech-enabled, collaborative space where kids can build whatever their hearts desire, whether that's a multi-level video game or an app. And now, we're delighted to bring our unique coding experience to Wilmette and Naperville, two family-centric communities that support and celebrate our mission," said Katy Lynch, CMO.
In July 2017, Codeverse also launched KidScript, its proprietary kid-friendly coding language, used to teach the fundamentals of coding through the studios daily classroom and camp programming. With KidScript, kids as young as 6 can build their own apps and games, as well as program hardware within the companies interactive studios, including concert-hall lights, speakers, TV's and robotic arms.
"Beyond computer science, KidScript teaches problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and confidence," said Craig Ulliott, CEO. "We're empowering kids with skills that last a lifetime."
The studio expansion comes as the team closes a significant Seed Round of over $10M to support additional market growth and investment in the KidScript coding platform.
The Codeverse team has quickly expanded to fit the growing needs of their students, pulling in world-class talent across the education and STEAM space, and is adding over 100 new positions within the next 12 months.
Significant leadership hires include:
- Priya Mathew, SVP Product, previously Product at Google and VP of Product and Design at eSpark Learning
- Rose Coughlen, Director of Programming, formerly a Manager of STEAM Programming at the Girl Scouts
- Lindsey Whalen, VP North America, previously Regional Manager at Lululemon
- Chris Bordeaux, VP Partnerships, previously COO at Techweek
- Shuchi Sharma, SVP Strategy, formerly COO of Bennett Day School
"The experience within a Codeverse studio is unparalleled in the world today," Lynch says. "We're redefining the classroom, and setting a tone for what education should be. The new talent we've brought on, including leaders from the STEAM and education space, speaks to our commitment to our students and our mission."
For more information and to join the Naperville or Wilmette waitlists, please visit www.codeverse.com.
Codeverse is the world's first fully interactive coding studio for kids aged 6 to 12 that was founded on the mission to teach one billion children to code. Its first location, an unprecedented tech-enabled, programmable studio, opened in Lincoln Park in July 2017, with new locations in Wilmette and Naperville set to open in Fall/Winter 2018. The company has plans to expand both nationally and internationally.