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Cypher - coding for kids provided in a fun and creative way

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Cypher, the EdTech startup that's teaching children how to code in a creative and fun way, through themed coding camps...

Cypher With the likes of Erase All Kittens, we have written before about startups that are helping children get ready for a future that is digital. Supposedly, jobs that don’t even exist yet will employ 65% of today’s schoolchildren thanks to the rate at which technology is evolving, and if we don’t start future-proofing those children now, things will only be harder for them when they grow up.

London-based edtech startup Cypher recognises this, and is dedicated to teaching children aged 5 to 12 how to code, using fun and exciting creative themes which encourage imagination and curiosity, and nurturing their critical thinking and ability to communicate ideas.

Some of these themes include working with music, art, robotics, drones, fashion, space, and of course Minecraft modelling. This teaching is delivered in coding camps during school holidays, which also doubles as a handy childcare service for parents who don’t get the same time off as their children! This summer’s coding camps ran from 1 July to 30 August and comprised different aspects of technology and learning:

Cypher imageDESIGN + CODE: How will the future look, feel, work? Everything from cars and bikes, to houses and furniture, to packaging and posters, to exhibitions and installations, to apps and games will need a designer.

CONSERVATION + CODE: Using computational thinking to better understand what is going on in the world and start to solve problems around climate change and caring for the planet, feeding into the increasing conservational thinking of our children.

WELLBEING + CODE: How can computer science improve our lives and wellbeing, help us to balance life, work and health, and help us embrace the future with a positive outlook?

In 2017, Cypher won the Small Business Grants and was selected to join the Natwest Accelerator programme. It started with 3 teachers and has since grown to 30, teaching over 1,000 children. In July, the startup brought its total funding raised to around £440,000 with its second round of funding bringing in just over £250,000.

With plans to franchise in the US and Middle East, we think we will hear the name Cypher a lot more in the future.

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Published on: 25th August 2019

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