Want your 6-year-old to learn computer coding? Naperville has the school for you.
Computer coding is now for kids at a business that's soon to open in Naperville.
Codeverse, launched in Chicago in 2017, teaches children as young at 6 the basics of computer coding through a language its co-founders created called KidScript.
Kids whose parents sign them up for Codeverse can start the fun stuff of game and app design on Day 1 and can participate in weekly classes or weeklong camps.
The business' goal is to teach 1 billion kids how to write and understand computer code. The expansion in October to Naperville and Wilmette is part of that plan, Lynch said.
"It helps children in a multitude of ways. It's equipping them with the technical skills that they need," she said. "Beyond the technical skills, coding helps with building confidence. It helps with instilling creativity. It certainly helps with problem-solving and with critical thinking and with collaboration and teamwork within the space."
Codeverse is meant for kids in first through eighth grade, and parents can sign them up for $175 a month with a four-month commitment or $225 on a month-to-month basis. Weeklong camps, which run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in the spring, summer and fall, cost $800.
Learning programming at Codeverse follows each child's interests and abilities, Lynch said.
"It's not like a traditional classroom-style environment where the teacher is telling the kids what to build," Lynch said. "Instructors are there to guide the kids if they need help."
Kids start each Codeverse session by choosing an iPad marked with their name. From the iPad, they choose "learn" mode or "build" mode.
"There's multiple lessons that kids can learn all the different core concepts," Lynch said. "As they're learning those concepts, they apply that into build mode, which is really a blank canvas where the kids can build whatever they want and then share it with their friends and family."
Each time Codeverse students complete a game or an app, they can text a link to their parents that allows them to play. Lynch said some game designs are very simple, reminiscent of the geometric falling-blocks challenge of Tetris; others involve complex levels, characters and players, more along the lines of Super Mario Bros.
"We find that a lot of the games are very object-oriented," Lynch said.
Codeverse aims to hire about 100 people, many of them certified teachers or experts in arts, design or technical skills, to staff the Naperville and Wilmette studios.
The Naperville location will be at 55 S. Main St., suite 230. Parents can sign up their kids for a waiting list in advance by visiting https://www.codeverse.com/naperville/.