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About Us

Our mission is to educate the next generation of coders who will use their skills and knowledge to make the world a better place.

What We Do

CodaKid is an online kids coding academy and tech camp that teaches kids to create games, apps, and Minecraft mods using real programming languages and professional tools. CodaKid's online classes are self-paced and include live support from a friendly team of engineers. Since 2016 CodaKid has taught nearly 10,000 students to code in 15 countries and growing. CodaKid's camps and classes provide the highest level of kids coding instruction available in the market with a fun, student centered approach and small group attention.

Our is a goal is to create a generation of young programmers, designers, and entrepreneurs who can build amazing games, apps, and more. Our courses are engineered to teach kids not only how to design and code, but to thoroughly understand the concepts so that they can perform them on their own. By making computer programming incredibly fun and engaging through game design, CodaKid students will develop the motivation and tenacity to learn to code with actual development environments and develop real world skills.

Our Team

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David Dodge, CEO

David Dodge is a veteran game designer and software architect who is credited on over 30 games for the Sony Playstation, various SEGA platforms, and the PC. He is additionally the software architect of Tutorware, a business management software built for tutoring companies. David overseas strategic planning, product development, business development  and marketing for CodaKid. In his free time, David enjoys chasing his three year old daughter Dylan around, playing guitar, traveling, and cooking with his wife Lauren. David earned an MBA from Thunderbird Global School of International Management.

Lauren Dodge, Director of Operations

Lauren Dodge, JD/MBA, is a seasoned education entrepreneur who grew her last startup SurePrep Learning into an Inc 500/5000 company for three years in a row. Lauren directs operations, finance, and human resources at CodaKid. In her free time, she likes playing with her daughter Dylan, cooking, traveling, and scuba diving.

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Jacob Chester

Jacob Chester, Online Programs Manager

Jacob is a long-time instructor that has been teaching, coding, and playing video games for as long as he can remember. He graduated with degrees in Computer Information Systems and Management from Arizona State University and currently serves as a soldier in the Army National Guard. Jacob manages the online programs at CodaKid, and develops online course curriculum for students all over the world. In his free time, Jacob is an avid reader, a classic movie enthusiast, and loves spending time with friends and family.

Matthew Kirstein, Tech Support Lead

Matthew is a self-taught coder who enjoys helping others. At CodaKid, Matthew helps online students fix bugs and understand coding concepts. He also helps make sure the computers at CodaKid are up and running all the time. In his free time, he enjoys long walks on the beach and playing World of Warcraft.


Our Core Values


We delight kids and wow parents


We pursue growth and learning with coding, gaming, and education


We build a positive team spirit


We constantly improve


We do what we say we are going to do


We create fun and a little wackiness


We build open and honest relationships with communication


We do more with less & think outside the box


We work with diligence and drive with tenacity


We give back to our communities