Turning Programming into Play

codeSpark’s mission is to make computer science education accessible to kids everywhere.

No Reading Requirement

Our word-free interface
makes learning to code accessible to pre-readers and non-English speakers.

Closing the Gender Gap

Game mechanics that increase engagement in girls by 20% plus kick-butt girl characters in aspirational professions.

Free For Schools

codeSpark Academy is free for use in public schools, libraries and non-profits.

What We Believe

The Magic of Ingenuity

We think the pursuit of ingenious solutions brings together a perfect blend of invention, creativity and originality.

The Power of Confidence

We foster the confidence it takes to stretch limits, persevere and stay curious. We all benefit from knowing how to be fearless learners.

The Freedom to Experiment

We invite constant exploration and embrace the what ifs. We admire willingness to try and believe having permission to fail is liberating.

The Wonder of Childhood

Wonder, curiosity and silliness are baked in to everything we make.
Kid-ness is goodness

The Power of Raising the Bar

We think high expectations are a sign of respect, so we approach kids as the sophisticated thinkers they’re proven to be.

Located in sunny Pasadena, California

codeSpark believes diverse teams are the most creative and innovative teams.
We are a proud participant in Kapor Capital’s Founder’s Commitment to diverse and inclusive hiring.
The codeSpark team is 50% women and 50% people of color.

Interested in joining the codeSpark Team? Explore job openings.

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Our Founders

Grant Hosford

CEO and Co-Founder

Grant is an experienced entrepreneur who has spent the last 15 years building successful digital businesses in Seattle and Los Angeles. Grant has deep expertise in new product launches, has lived on 4 continents and comes from a family of educators. He’s a husband, father of three kids, coaches girls soccer and rides bikes often.

Joe Shochet

CPO and Co-Founder

Joe has been building world-class and award winning children’s games for over 20 years. He helped create the first version of Alice3D, still in use at over 300 universities for CS 101 and led the creation of ToonTown Online for Disney. He’s a husband, father of three kids, a LEGO Mindstorm coach and a competitive soccer player.

Our Advisors

Daniel Leyzberg

Daniel received his Ph.D in computer science from Yale. He is currently a Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University.

Coleen Lewis

Colleen Lewis, Ph.D., specializes in computer science education and curriculum development. She is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Harvey Mudd College.

Kent Steen

Kent is a teacher and curriculum specialist for computer science at Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska. He has a Ph.D in Instructional Technology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a teacher trainer for code.org.

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