Sheri Allain, Founder + Chief Lizard
“Everybody...should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.” - Steve Jobs
I introduced my daughters to coding at a very young age (4, 7) as I was increasingly reading how important it was to build math skills, problem-solving, grit and self-confidence. It's also a future career opportunity for well-paying, high-demand jobs!
Their early introduction to coding was a nice start, but I couldn’t help but feel that something was missing. Few coding schools had 'girl-friendly' curriculum with non-violent games or programs for younger children, or their programs were extremely pricey and required giving up valuable weekend time to travel there and back.
Fortunately, I come from a family of teachers and entrepreneurs, so I’m passionate about learning and unafraid to build something from scratch. I created Codezilla with my daughters and their friends in mind. Our mission is simple: ‘Safe, Educational Fun’:
- Teacher-endorsed curriculum taught by passionate and police-checked university students, at neighborhood schools, daycares and camps across Toronto
- Kid-friendly software and screen-free STEM toys, so kids learning real coding terms and early computational thinking (i.e. logically breaking a complex problem into smaller steps)
- STEM programs for kindergarteners and girls, such as our innovative Doll Makers, Toy Makers and our best-selling Slime & Circuits
Three years later, it’s rewarding to know that thousands of children are enjoying our STEM and coding programs originally inspired by my daughters. It's super tech-rific to have parents, teachers and principals repeatedly welcoming us into their school!
Teacher-endorsed. Mom-run. Kid-focused.
Sheri Allain | founder + chief lizard