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 family.”

Further information can be found at BEGiN's site.

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David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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