Pamela Puri On Leading tech4kidz: Youngsters Benefit When You Teach Them Digital Skills

By Stan Linhorst
Syracuse Media Group, N.Y.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Tech4kidz offers technology classes for kids ages 6 to 15. The classes encourage problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, skills they may very well use in all sorts of ways later on in life, school and in careers.

Syracuse Media Group, N.Y.

Pamela Puri saw the value in teaching computer coding and digital skills to her three elementary-school-age children. She looked for classes but couldn’t find any.

So Puri started her own company, tech4kidz.

She drew up a curriculum, hired instructors and rented classrooms at Le Moyne College. She started the company in 2014 and now employs seven teachers. Tech4kidz started with two classes. This month, tech4kidz has 11 classes. Each five-week class costs $100. Puri sees potential for tech4kidz to spread beyond Central New York.

Question: Give me the elevator speech for tech4kidz.

A: Tech4kidz offers technology classes for kids ages 6 to 15. The classes encourage problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, skills that they’re going to use in all sorts of ways later on in life, in school, in careers. It’s a great way of getting kids to slow down and think about things in a sequential manner, a step-by-step process.

Question: Did you start with the idea this would be a money-making business?

A: No. I started because I wanted my kids to try it. I had been reading a lot about early exposure to coding and programming. I taught a couple of classes at home. I loved what I saw it do — sequential thinking and what my kids had to do to solve the challenges. I thought: Wow, all kids should be doing this.

It’s more fun to do classes with your own peer group than doing it by yourself online or home alone. I started looking for classes and couldn’t really find anything in the age category — they were in elementary school. I found some things for high-school-age kids. I found some summer camps with one class for an hour during the day.

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