Katy Lynch and Craig Ulliott announced an ambitious plan earlier this year when they launched their coding education startup Codeverse: Teach 1 billion children to code through a made-for-kids coding language and completely “hackable” classrooms.
The hackable classroom part of that vision is now complete.
Codeverse unveiled their first classroom, set up at 819 W. Eastman Street in Lincoln Park, this week. It was developed with startup-focused construction company Redmond Construction Corp. and Sarah Kuchar Studio.
The 3,600-square-foot space brings “IT systems to the front and center,” Redmond said in a release, with integrated touch-screen sign-ins and displays, a 20-foot TV wall, concert hall lighting, and music speakers. The classroom is also outfitted with 3D printers, drones, laser cutters, and robotic arms. Nearly everything can be controlled and programmed by children.
Codeverse will offer both classes and summer camps out of the new classroom starting this week.
While this is the first Codeverse classroom, cofounder Lynch told Chicago Inno in April they intend to roll out three other Chicago-area locations over the next 18 months, and then expand nationwide.
Take a look inside the first Codeverse classroom: