ITHACA, N.Y. –– After less than a year in their current location, the California-based educational company UCode is ditching their storefront in the Ithaca Mall for a spot on the Cornell University engineering quad.

UCode offers coding classes for kids ages 6 to 16 and teaches, “computational thinking skills that unlock the power of creative problem-solving.”

Following the quiet closure of their Ithaca location in December, UCode has confirmed that they are not only changing locations, but shifting their local business model to take on a more research and development focused role in the company. The new Ithaca UCode on the Cornell campus will be “more rigorous academically and be open to older students,” said UCode CEO Michael McNabb.

UCode has five locations, all of which are in California, except the site in Ithaca. UCode has longstanding ties within the city. The original curriculum was designed with faculty from the Cornell University College of Engineering. UCode hopes to continue and strengthen that relationship with the university.

The other major change to the UCode location in Ithaca will be that classes will now be free. Previously, it cost around $50 for a one-month trial period. The catch however, is that the new location will offer limited class sizes and priority for children within the Cornell community.

Classes are set to start sometime next week, with a class of fifty students.

“We’re excited,” McNabb said.

Anna Lamb

Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at alamb@ithacavoice.com