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One Mic Stand: CodeJoy Brings Robots and Coding to Kids Everywhere

Interview by Jonathan Kersting

“How do we include more kids than ever in coding and robotics?”

This was the question Kelsey Derringer and Matt Chilbert asked when they formed CodeJoy in 2019. They imagined a program where learners feel welcome, experience success and interact with real robots from anywhere in the world.

Pittsburgh-based CodeJoy is an educational media company that produces a live, interactive TV show for students in the classroom, during which students learn to code, and then watch as the code they write controls the cardboard robot characters of the show live. CodeJoy also supports this with virtual teacher professional development. CodeJoy has served more than 10,000 teachers and 50,000 students nationally and internationally.

Kelsey and Matt step up to the One Mic Stand to talk about their passion of educating children everywhere and how starting it in Pittsburgh has made all of the difference.