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Raising the next Bill Gates - Jun. 19, 2013


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Marlon, 13, had tried one sport and after-school activity after another, but none of them stuck. That was until he started going to Pixel Academy, an extracurricular tech wonderland for kids in Brooklyn, NY.

"Every parent's constant anxiety is screen time," said Broach, who lives in New York's East Village. "At Pixel Academy, he's spending time in front of a screen and learning at the same time."

Marlon, like the other 50 kids who go to Pixel Academy, learns to code, make movies with special effects and use the 3-D printer. He made Broach a 3-D heart from the printer for Mother's Day.

Mike Fischthal, a former 3-D animator at Nickelodeon, started Pixel earlier this year. It's grown so quickly that the academy is ready to hire an eighth employee this summer and will run a 3-week camp in July, after parents pleaded for one. The youngest coder at the academy is six years old.

This is awesome but I'm pretty sure Bill Gates' childhood had very little exposure to computers.

The next David Karp then.

I was hoping for a higher aspiration than that. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin?

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