Westford’s Code Wiz Teaching Students Programming Skills
By Scott Shurtleff
WESTFORD -- The future is written in code, and children in the Nashoba Valley area are learning the language.
Ruth Agbaji, a former programmer and software engineer for Kronos and Microsoft, started Code Wiz in August 2017 to help students learn computer programming from the fundamentals through advanced web design and graphics.
Agbaji, a Tufts graduate, says she understands the risks of starting such a company in a competitive industry, especially with sprawling conglomerates becoming more common. She needed a different business model, with different products and amenities.
The 2,000-square-foot Suite 9D at 9 Cornerstone Square hosts about 100 students per month, mostly children, but Agbaji hopes to double that number.
Code Wiz welcomes children as young as 5, and hosts birthday parties and Lego Leagues. For adults, there are basic through advanced levels of instruction, plus corporate events and free introductory classes.
Another marketing strategy is to hold challenges. Agbaji held her first coding competition for elementary schoolchildren.
Paige Carty of Pepperell was among the finalists recognized for her programming project on recycling. Carty was one of six local finalists in the “Coding for a Cause” event last month. Carty, 9, received the honor along with: Yasmine Raji, 10, and Margot Betton, 11, from Chelmsford; Vibha Shastry, 7, and Jack Whitman, 12, from Westford; and Nikita Mullangi, 11, of Acton.
Agbaji offers personalized tutoring with flexible scheduling. She is trying to write her own future as well. She now offers the opportunity to buy a Code Wiz franchise at start-up prices.