The Observatory

by Codeverse

Q&A with Meredith Laverty, Director of Curriculum at Codeverse

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8 min read

As Director of Curriculum, Meredith is a key player in making the magic of Codeverse happen. Meredith and her team are responsible for designing and developing all of the lessons that teach our students to code! This week, we sat down to discuss Codeverse's proprietary coding language-Kidscript, the Codeverse educational philosophy, and the exciting new additions to the KidScript platform to be expected in the near future!

Q: Tell us a bit about how you learned to code.

A: I started coding almost as soon as I could type! My dad is a mainframe developer, and he got me started pretty early. I loved it so much that I studied Engineering at the University of Michigan, and then worked professionally as a software engineer for 15 years before joining Codeverse.

Q: What is the education philosophy of Codeverse? Additionally, how does your position with the company support its mission of teaching a billion kids to code?

A: At Codeverse, we believe that students learn best through exploration and creativity. Our immersive studio experience allows students to interact with all of their surroundings, coordinating lights, sounds and robotics. Our instructors work with each student, identifying their unique learning styles, and figuring out what gets them excited. We use this passion and drive to create projects that students enjoy and are motivated to build.

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Meredith coaches new students on the KidScript platform.

Q: Tell us about the KidScript platform.

A: Designed for learning, our proprietary programming language, KidScript, is designed specifically for kids as an approachable language that teaches core coding concepts. KidScript makes writing code easy and fun, while also being robust enough for kids to build any kind of app their heart desires. The skills developed through using our adaptive learning platform translates into popular programming languages like JavaScript, Python, Ruby, and more. Much like a musical instrument, coding is not something you can master in 6 months. As students grow and imagine bigger and bigger projects, KidScript will grow with them, allowing them engage with more advanced concepts and producing more complex games and apps.

Q: How do you measure student progress?

A: We believe that comprehension is best demonstrated through application. At the end of each lesson, we have a number of coding challenges the student must complete before they are allowed to continue on, ensuring that they have understood and mastered each concept. These challenges are presented in the form of a problem they must solve with code. i.e. “Use what you know to complete this task.” The final step of mastery is for the student to be able to incorporate the concept in their own projects without the assistance of an instructor or classmate.

Q: When do children receive home access? How do we determine that they are ready?

A: Home access is intended for children who are comfortable working in the platform on their own and want to work on their projects for more than 1 hour per week. Once a child has completed all of the introductory courses in our system and has demonstrated understanding of the platform, they will be allowed home access.

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Q: You’re adding new things to KidScript every day. What are some things we can expect in the next 6 months?

A: We are continuously working to improve KidScript and are excited for the things to come. You can expect lots of new game objects, more code examples, and more advanced coursework.

Q: How does what the students learn at Codeverse enhance their classroom experience?

A: In addition to learning coding fundamentals here at Codeverse, students learn valuable collaborative and presentation skills. Also, as students progress through the program, they will start to incorporate more advanced non-coding concepts into their games, including physics and math. On the creative side, students control the design of everything in their programs and will have the opportunity to create their own sounds and music.

Check out our one-of-a-kind curriculum for yourself when you sign your child up for a Codeverse coding class! All classes take place in our interactive coding studio, which is specifically designed to make coding a thrilling hands-on experience!


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