Code play: Computer programming for kids made fun
By Michelle Valigursky | Emory Wire | Aug. 8, 2013
MBA graduate Scott Blanck (center) founded Start Code to offer computer programming lessons for kids.
Blanck founded his company Start Code in April of 2012. The idea that would eventually become Start Code began with a simple question posed by Computerworld.com: “How are students learning programming in a post-BASIC world?” (BASIC is a family of general-purpose, high-level programming languages whose design philosophy emphasizes ease of use; the name is an acronym from Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, according to Wikipedia.)
Blanck considered the question. “I grew up and first learned how to program in BASIC so I was curious how kids are starting today. Second, as a father this jumped out as a potentially fun project to do with my son who was entering middle school.”
A short time later, Blanck founded Start Code, Atlanta’s only year-round programming instruction lab for students in elementary, middle, and high school.