April 20, 2024

Coding is all the craze in Owasso.

Code Wiz recently opened its first Oklahoma location off of 86th Street and cut a ribbon with the Owasso Chamber on Thursday.

Owners Troy and DeEtta Bumgardner brought the coding and robotics education franchise to Owasso to help local youth between the ages of 7 and 17 learn new skills and prepare for a career in computer programming.

The facility offers an interactive space for children and teenagers to participate in daily classes and after-school workshops as well as summer camps and LEGO league robotics teams — all centered around coding.







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The facility offers an interactive space for children and teenagers to participate in daily classes and after-school workshops as well as summer camps and LEGO league robotics teams — all centered around coding.




“It’s a special environment, and it gives them (students) something to do,” Troy said. “This is their extracurricular activity.”

DeEtta added: “Tech, it’s in their future, and it’s not going away. It’s very important, and it’s going to be part of their lives.”

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At ages 7-9, for example, Code Wiz users get to build video games, create and animate their own characters, model physics simulations and more.

“The kids are already playing games like Roblox and Minecraft, and so that kind of draws them in,” Troy said.

Those ages 9-12 are then introduced to Python, a popular programming language, which helps them build websites in HTML, CSS and Javascript, before moving to variables, data manipulation, string concatenation, conditionals and object-oriented programming at ages 13-17.

“We will work with fun front-ends,” Troy said. “We’ll teach them some coding foundations, and then a lot of them will start building their own mods then in those games.”







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Code Wiz incorporates K-12 computer science standards through a Montessori method approach to education, enabling self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play for youth enrolled in the program.




Code Wiz incorporates K-12 computer science standards through a Montessori method approach to education, enabling self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play for youth enrolled in the program.

“STEM is evolving … and I want them (students) to understand it,” DeEtta said. “I’m just excited to have a STEM franchise in this community.”

Code Wiz, headquartered out of Westford, Massachusetts, currently has 27 locations in 10 states.

The Owasso branch, located at 12500 E. 86th St. N., Ste. 102, will officially open to the public on Saturday, March 23. For more information, call 918-212-5940 or visit thecodewiz.com/owasso-ok.

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