Coding School Start-Up for Kids and Teens Finds Success in Massachusetts, Opens New Location in Natick

NATICK, Mass. -- CS Recitations, a start-up coding school for kids and teens, announces the opening of a new location on Michigan Drive in Natick. What started in 2017 as a modest one-room school aimed at providing computer science classes to local students has doubled enrollment every year, leading to the opening of a new, larger facility this September.

Already some classes are waitlisted. CS Recitations is the vision of Founder David Horrigan, an MIT-educated computer scientist with a desire to share his passion for coding with area youth. Frustrated by the lack of opportunities for his own children, he decided to create the school to fill what he perceived to be a growing need.

"We thought there would be a lot of interest. The growth has been really affirming and we are working hard to make our programs accessible to as many children as possible," said Horrigan.

Horrigan points to some unique aspects of CS Recitations's program that he believes are contributing to its strong growth. After years of research, Horrigan and his faculty developed a comprehensive curriculum for grades 2 through 12, offered at all levels from beginner to college level.

In contrast to camps and workshops, CS Recitations (CSR) offers a structured year-long program that children attend from September through late May.

"They come once per week for one to two hours, and they come back year after year. We have families who've been with us every year since we opened," said Horrigan. "While a one week program may be fun, you can't really learn skills or benefit from a computer science education in such a short time -- just like you wouldn't take one week of piano lessons, or two weeks of karate. It takes time to develop."

CSR distinguishes itself with the depth of education it provides. Classes are offered in Scratch 3, JavaScript, Java, Python, and HTML/CSS and are taught by experienced adults with degrees in computer science and mathematics. Several members of the team are also licensed teachers. There are even competition classes for students who like to compete.

Learn more about classes at: http://www.csrecitations.com/classes

Last year, one of CSR's students won first place nationally at the seventh grade level in the Continental Mathematics League Computer Science competition. Several students won regional awards.

Horrigan added, "Students in elementary school eagerly learn about the coordinate plane in order to move a sprite across the computer screen. They learn variables, functions, and logical operators. They learn how to simulate gravity so that their video games appear as realistic as possible. The best part is that all of this learning goes on while kids laugh, share, and produce original works of art, music, stories, games and animations! What could be better than a class about functions and variables that kids beg to attend? That's the environment that a great computer science class can create."

For more information about CS Recitations visit http://www.csrecitations.com/ .

About CS Recitations:
Based in Natick, Mass., CS Recitations provides after-school and summer coding and math classes to kids and teens at all levels. CS Recitations was founded in 2017 by David Horrigan.

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