An egg cracked open in 2014 and turned into something pretty special.
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 40,000 students, 400 schools 1,200 computer programming educators and dozens of companies through the Dev Dragons corporate Company Throw Down.
Today, Hatch Coding offers learn at home software similar to piano lessons and corporate challenges through multi-month coding competitions for communities, companies and employee children.
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, 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, chair person
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.
Russell - Started with Hatch managing the Richmond Hill Coding centre. He loves discovering how to help students make their ideas work.
Although she's new to Hatch, she has worked with kids in the summer STEAM camp as well as a coach in their junior Robotics after school program last year. She will be entering her final year of high school in the Fall and is excited to be a part-time coach with Hatch and looking forward to seeing how creative her teams and students will be with the projects.