March 7th, 2018 4:47 PM
Meet Super Hero Wil Greenwald!
Wil Greenwald owns Code Play Learn in Oak Park which employs 30 people.
What does your business do?
Code Play Learn introduces STEM knowledge through hands-on learning experiences as kids design, code and build their own computer games, Minecraft Mods, electronics, Apps, VEX robots and more. We want our students to move from being users of technology to creators with technology!
What is "super" about your business? Why is it special?
Code Play Learn encourages kids to think critically and ask the "what if" questions. We want our students to explore and understand how and why their games, robots, apps, electronics...work. When kids are building robots, coding games, or building electronic gadgets, they don't even realize they are learning key STEM fundamentals, they just think they are playing.
Tell us a bit about yourself…
We have lived in Oak Park since 2004 and much of my free time is spent transporting my three boys to their "stuff".
If you could pick a superpower, what would it be?
Listening. I am always amazed at what I learn from listening and watching kids examine a challenge and create a solution.
Why did you choose to invest in our community?
Along with running Code Play Learn, I am also a full time high school teacher at D207. For many of my students my class is the first time they are working with Robots or Coding. I created Code Play Learn because I wanted to provide a STEM learning environment locally for kids long before they reach high school.
What local organizations have you been able to support in the past?
Outside of the work we do at our facility and within many of the local schools, we have had a great experience working with Chicago Hopes for Kids.
Name three of your favorite local businesses (besides yourself, of course!)
Bike Fix, Gunzo;s, and Nora's Shoe Shop
Visit Wil Greenwald at Code Play Learn
132 N. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park, 60302
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This Super Hero profile was created on March 7, 2018
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