Our mission is to educate the next generation of coders who will use their skills and knowledge to make the world a better place.
What We Do
CodaKid is an online kids coding academy and tech camp that teaches kids to create games, apps, and Minecraft mods using real programming languages and professional tools. CodaKid's online classes are self-paced and include live support from a friendly team of engineers. Since 2016 CodaKid has taught nearly 10,000 students to code in 15 countries and growing. CodaKid's camps and classes provide the highest level of kids coding instruction available in the market with a fun, student centered approach and small group attention.
Our is a goal is to create a generation of young programmers, designers, and entrepreneurs who can build amazing games, apps, and more. Our courses are engineered to teach kids not only how to design and code, but to thoroughly understand the concepts so that they can perform them on their own. By making computer programming incredibly fun and engaging through game design, CodaKid students will develop the motivation and tenacity to learn to code with actual development environments and develop real world skills.
David Dodge, CEO
David Dodge is a veteran game designer and software architect who is credited on over 30 games for the Sony Playstation, various SEGA platforms, and the PC. He is additionally the software architect of Tutorware, a business management software built for tutoring companies. David overseas strategic planning, product development, business development and marketing for CodaKid. In his free time, David enjoys chasing his three year old daughter Dylan around, playing guitar, traveling, and cooking with his wife Lauren. David earned an MBA from Thunderbird Global School of International Management.
Lauren Dodge, Director of Operations
Lauren Dodge, JD/MBA, is a seasoned education entrepreneur who grew her last startup SurePrep Learning into an Inc 500/5000 company for three years in a row. Lauren directs operations, finance, and human resources at CodaKid. In her free time, she likes playing with her daughter Dylan, cooking, traveling, and scuba diving.
Jacob Chester, Instructor
Jacob is a long-time instructor that has been teaching, coding, and playing video games for as long as he can remember. He graduated with degrees in Computer Information Systems and Management from Arizona State University and currently serves as a soldier in the Army National Guard. Jacob manages the online programs at CodaKid, and develops online course curriculum for students all over the world. In his free time, Jacob is an avid reader, a classic movie enthusiast, and loves spending time with friends and family.
Austin Larsen, Product Development
Austin is a game developer and seasoned CodaKid teacher who has developed and showcased gaming and design projects. Austin works closely with CodaKid to create fun and engaging courses for CodaKid students. Austin enjoys teaching and being able to help young students understand how fun programming can be. During our summer camps, Austin can be found playing a friendly game of Super Smash Bros. with the students.
Matthew Kirstein, Tech Support Lead
Matthew is a self-taught coder who enjoys helping others. At CodaKid, Matthew helps online students fix bugs and understand coding concepts. He also helps make sure the computers at CodaKid are up and running all the time. In his free time, he enjoys long walks on the beach and playing World of Warcraft.