Kids That Code (KTC) is a company founded by CSUSB alumni Alfonso Anaya and Jose Navarrete that recently held a grand opening for their Kids That Code Education Center in Riverside, California. The education center offers technology-focused programs and curricula for children of all ages, teaching topics such as programming, game development, robotics, electronics, and 3-D character design. The event attracted around 85 people, including CSUSB Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Shari McMahan, who praised the KTC founders for their dedication and hard work.
Education Center Tour Showcases Innovative Technology Curriculum
The grand opening featured tours of the Tech STEAM education center, divided into three rooms. Each room had KTC team members manning stations to assist attendees in exploring the featured activities and video games on display. The first room showcased a 3-D printer, laptop computer, and 35-inch monitor, where visitors could see the software program that allowed the creation of 3-D objects. The printers continually printed 3-D characters, such as Pikachu, Grogu (Baby Yoda), and characters from Minecraft and AmongUs, which were given away to visitors along with unique 3-D tokens.
In Room 2, visitors could use Kodu, a 3-D rapid prototyping software that allows individuals to create 3-D video games. The room also showcased the KLC electronic programs, including the Arduino microcontroller, their robotics rover, and several small build-and-keep electronic circuits. Room 3 featured two Oculus Quest 2 VR headsets, where visitors experienced virtual reality games and demonstrations.
KTC Founders Recognized for Hard Work and Dedication
CSUSB Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Shari McMahan praised the KTC founders for their hard work and dedication in bringing STEAM education to children. The founders, along with founding partner Pat Person, came up with the idea of STEAM education for children of all ages through technology-focused programs and curriculum while enrolled in an entrepreneurial management course at the CSUSB Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration.
Kids That Code Started as the CSUSB School of Entrepreneurship Graduate Student Project
Soon after coming up with the idea, the three successfully pitched their innovative concept to a panel of investors and entrepreneurs during the annual Garner Holt Student Fast Pitch Competition, put on by CSUSB’s Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE). The following year, they participated in Chapman University’s invitation-only California Dreamin’ competition, which brings together students from top university entrepreneur programs nationwide.
In 2015, they opened for business, offering workshops and tech camps for the youth. Kids That Code became the first company belonging to CSUSB’s Catalyst Business Accelerator program, which provides student business startups with support, mentoring, and additional opportunities.
The grand opening of the Kids That Code Education Center marks a significant milestone for the company and the community. With its innovative technology curriculum and experienced staff, Kids That Code is well-positioned to help children of all ages acquire the skills they need to succeed in the digital age.