Rex Programming is a STEM program that teaches kids ages five to eighteen how to create video games, animations, websites, mobile apps, robotics, and software applications by teaching computer coding skills. Coding is a universal language spoken by programmers all around the world. Programmers in China speak the same language as programmers in the United States. Rex Programming helps foster a new generation of programmers that are using knowledge developed all over the world. The Company currently offers after school classes at the Rex Programming location in Irving, Texas and summer camp programs at both the Irving, Texas location and at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas.
The Rex curriculum is a collaborative effort between teachers and computer science experts. The program is self-paced and easy for students to follow. Every class has a quiz and homework associated with it. Each class is taught by a teacher who mixes both formal and one-on-one instruction with hands-on learning and group projects in a fun, supportive environment. Kids have incentives for finishing the classwork, homework and quizzes. The Company is putting together a curriculum in a Learning Management System (LMS), which will be available to individuals who want to start a Rex affiliated program in their area.
Over two thousand kids have learned computer science from Rex Programming. Two private schools offer Rex Programming summer camps and after school programs. An additional two school districts have partnered with the Company to bring coding into elementary schools.
Computer science skills are in high demand. Seven million job openings in 2015 were in occupations which value coding. Programming jobs are growing 12 percent faster than the market average. According to a 2016 Gallup study, 90 percent of parents of K-12 students in the US want their child’s school to teach computer science, but only 40 percent of schools offer computer science classes in which students learn programming or coding. In addition, 71 percent of all new jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields require computing, but only eight percent 8 percent of STEM graduates are in computer science. There is a serious disconnect between the demand for computer science skills in the job market and the education students are receiving in the US.