WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Russian math, available locally, but the only computer programming class he could find that was age appropriate was online at code.org. It taught a simplified visual coding program called Scratch, which was developed by MIT for kids. The online class was a beginning. "My daughter was hooked. However, within two weeks Mia got stuck," Marko says. "She wanted more instruction than she could get online. It became apparent that a child could reach capacity very quickly online. For the next level, you would need an instructor," he notes. Marko got in touch with his good friend, Chris Keyes, who also works in the technology industry, to discuss a business idea of offering coding classes to kids. It turned out that Chris and his wife Ruth, also of Wellesley, had been interested in computer programming training for their 11-year-old daughter, Ainsley, who was close friends with Mia. Chris was instantly interested and he knew Ruth — who had once put together her own after-school Spanish classes in their basement when the need arose — would be a strong advocate of launching this new educational opportunity. What happened next was a combination of the best efforts of all the parents: Chris and Ruth Keyes plus Marko and his wife, Nicole. Marko and Chris put together a business plan and reached out to local pro- fessors at Wellesley College and Needham-based engineering school Olin to see if they could find students to teach the coding classes. When it became apparent that they could get great computer science undergraduates as teachers and that this idea really could work, Marko and Chris buttered up their wives and asked them for their help. 166 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 "I wish I could do it every day for two hours. It's so fun, but you're actually learning something." – j r C o d e A c a d e m y s t u d e n t , n i n e - y e a r- o l d A n d y M a t a r e s e family matters "all four parents brought different skills to the table" Nicole Zajec and Ruth Keyes

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