Codeverse is the world’s first technology-enabled studio and vertically integrated technology platform. It was designed to teach children ages 6 to 12 the vital skill of coding. The company developed a special kid-friendly programming language KidScript, which makes learning process both funny and informative.

Codeverse. Katy Lynch and kids

 

“Kids learn code in an immersive environment full of cutting-edge technology,” – Codeverse’s website says. “Every object in our studio can be controlled by your kid’s code, including drones, robots, 3D printers, lasers, and more!”

Since the platform foundation, Codeverse has partnered with several well-known organizations and schools such as British International School of Chicago and South Loop. The company has plans to expand both nationally and internationally.

Company’s origin

Codeverse is the brainchild of husband and wife duo, Craig Ulliott and Katy Lynch. By the day the platform has been launched, both of them have already had the experience of creating digital programs. Ulliott co-founded leading loyalty company Belly and Lynch served as CEO of Techweek Ulliott.

As the couple set out to build their legacy company, they asked their close friend Dave Arel to join the ranks as a third partner. Collectively responsible for building twelve start-ups, the team’s experience sets an unprecedented foundation for Codeverse to educate and inspire the next generation of coding experts.

Codeverse. Katy Lynch and Craig Ulliott

 

“Learning to code is like learning a foreign language. Kids all over the world can do it and in fact, they often learn faster than adults,” – founders explains. “Since 2013, the Hour of Code has been working to promote computer science education and encourage kids to try coding with a series of 1-hour exercises. It’s proven to be tremendously popular and nearly 400,000,000 people, many as young as 4, have participated!”

Codeverse’s mission

The company’s main mission is to teach a billion children to code. And it’s almost done! Codverse has raised significant capital from local and national investors and has plans to launch three more Codeverse studios in Chicago over the next 18 months.

“Learning to code at a young age is an absolute necessity for all kids,” – says Lynch. “Coding today is so much more than computer science; it’s a way of thinking that promotes intellectual curiosity, problem solving and creative expression. These are the real skills kids need for their futures.”

Codeverse. Kids Coding

 

What is more, the company will be opening studios in every major metropolitan area within the next five years before expanding internationally. “Our mission to teach a billion kids to code – turning today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders,” – they shares.

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Developed in secret for over a year, the first Codeverse studio and technology platform launches in Lincoln Park in July 2016. “It’s such a kid-friendly, family-centric neighborhood,” – Lynch says. “It just makes sense to launch here, because we love the city so much, and the community has been so supportive of my husband and myself.”

When a child enters the cutting-edge studio, an iPad lights up with his or her name. Kids use their iPads to navigate the space and write with the company’s proprietary coding language, KidScript.

Codeverse. Kids Coding

 

KidScript language

Key to Codeverse’s approach is a simplified computer code, KidScript. “KidScript is the world’s first programming language designed from the ground up toteach kids how to code,” – the website says. “KidScript is a real programming language which draws inspiration from many other languages, including JavaScript, Ruby, Python and Visual Basic. It includes all the core concepts of programming and enables untethered creativity.”

Using KidScript, children learn the craft of code while bringing their own ideas to life through a simplified programming language. This innovation allows children to see results in real time. Instantaneous feedback helps to make learning environment even more active.

Codeverse. Katy Lynch and kids

 

“They’re actually understanding how technology works using real objects,” – Lynch explains. “We’ve essentially invented a super-kid-friendly syntax around these concepts. So, kids are basically using a simplified language that will ease the transition to the coding languages they’ll inevitably be learning later on”.

Camp

Summer camp is an additional opportunity to try Codeverse’s program. “Campers are sure to have a fun-filled, yet an educational week. They will see first-hand the endless technology provides endless possibilities for fun and creativity!” – founders shares. “There are no prerequisites for our camps, but each camper will develop a strong foundation in coding and gain valuable exposure to cutting-edge technology.”

Even if a child has already learned the basics of KidScript, he will be able to improve his skills and build his own games and apps. Every day of summer camp involves different types of learning, including 3D Printing, Robotics and Light&Sound.

Codeverse. Kids Coding

 

Codeverse membership

The project’s membership price range from $125 to $825  a month. Why should parents spend pretty much for the project that has no name? “In this constantly changing technological landscape, we want to equip every child with the skills they need to be successful,” – the company answers. “If your child learns to code, he or she will not only learn tangible skills that could lead to fun and exciting career, but they will also learn how to think critically and solve problems in a structured and logical fashion.”

Isn’t  $200 per month a high price to ensure a happy future of a child? Maybe. We’ll learn it in a few years, when a new generation of Codeverse’s kids grows up.

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