A tiny blurb about a wish that hatched
The initial research work done by Peter Kuperman at a local area school is the foundation for the company's ongoing research and development in computer programming education. It is also the foundation of the software used by over 21,000 students and over 900 computer programming educators.
Today, Hatch Coding offers classes and camps at three learning centres in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. The centres not only provide engaging and fun learning opportunities, they are also incubators for new teaching and learning ideas that can be incorporated into Studio (the Hatch Coding software).
It's simple: we make software that facilitates teaching and learning computer programming, and we want to make it affordable and widely used. That's because we've made two bold assumptions: 1) the new economy necessitates skills and competencies in computer programming, and 2) most children who are literate and who can type can achieve programming literacy with a real programming language.
These assumptions are why everyone on the Hatch team believes that programming is the fourth R and that today's children benefit from programmatic literacy in the same way they do the other Rs.
Peter Kuperman, co-founder/co-CEO
Peter's family got a Commodore 64 when he was 9 years old. The computer's sparse software meant that he had little to do with it other than learn how to make it do things. His awareness of ongoing changes in technology and the economy spurred him to begin Hatch Coding—on the premise that if he could learn to program a computer as a child, anyone can. Peter has a degree in computer science engineering.
Emmanuelle Deaton, co-founder/co-CEO
Emmanuelle has been an Ontario Certified Teacher since 2005. She has been surrounded by self-taught coders for most of her life. Like Peter, she believes passionately that teaching and learning computer programming is achievable by nearly everyone and that programming literacy will give students options in the future. She is on leave from her full-time teaching contract.
Mike Partridge, OCT
Mike has been an Ontario Certified Teacher since 2008. He has taught internationally and domestically. He was working at a Toronto area school as a teacher and tech integrator when he was introduced to Hatch. He soon found his way to the Hatch office and he hasn't left since. Mike is a firm believer in the power of project-based learning, authentic learning, and the importance of real programming skills in students' futures.
Maryam Sotoudeh, Teacher
Maryam is a proud naturalized Canadian citizen who emigrated from Iran. Like Mike, she has been teaching for decades. She has a special fondness for grade 5 students, having taught them for a long time in Iran. As an English as a Second Language teacher she believes that teaching and learning in computer programming should parallel teaching and learning techniques used in language arts.