STEM & STEAM
codeSpark Acquired by BEGiN
Ed tech company BEGiN has acquired codeSpark. BEGIN is the maker of
HOMER, a learning system for students age 0 to 6 focused on
math, SEL and critical thinking. codeSpark is the producer of
codeSpark Academy, a learn-to-code tool for students age 4 to 10.
According to information released as part of the acquisition
announcement, codeSpark Academy has been downloaded more than 20
million times and has been used in 40% of all elementary schools in
the last year. It also has a presence in a third of all school
districts in the United States.
BEGiN noted in its announcement: “The codeSpark acquisition allows
HOMER to expand from serving kids ages 0-6 to a comprehensive program
for kids ages 0-10. The foundational literacy, math,
social-emotional, and critical thinking skills developed in HOMER's
0-6 program are the building blocks of codeSpark's platform that
teaches critical thinking, creativity and collaborative learning
through a STEM-based curriculum.”
"We're excited to have the codeSpark team join HOMER on our
mission to give every child the best start to their learning journey
and prepare them with the skills they need for a 21st century world."
said Neal Shenoy, CEO and co-founder of BEGiN, in a prepared
statement. "We do this by teaching the right skill, at the right
time, in the right medium. We know coding is most effectively taught
through a digital program, and in codeSpark we have a best in class,
award-winning product which we're thrilled to bring into the HOMER
Further information can be found at BEGiN's site.
About the Author
David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 29-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.
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