Melanie Kusmik, Founder & CEO
I love watching kids’ eyes light up when they are in the moment of bringing their imagination into words, pictures or storytelling. My kids, like all kids, are enamored with video games, animated movies and other digital media. I often found myself musing how to direct their enthusiasm from digital play into digital design and creation. With a background in software development, I started researching how to teach programming at a young age. I discovered MIT Media Lab’s Scratch, and introduced it to my 8 year old son – he loved it! So I offered to teach it to his 3rd grade class. This led to teaching it to more classes and an after school club. Techventure Kids was born the summer of 2014.
Now TechVenture Kids is on a path of introducing creative digital thinking, programming and tinkering to young boys and girls of all backgrounds, with the hope that they will be better prepared in actively creating our digital world of tomorrow. We teach after school code clubs at over 30 schools in the Seattle Eastside and offer more than 30 camps in the summer. We hope you find one that will inspire your children to create and think digitally.