Smart Buddies launches “Afterschool-In-A-Box”

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Due to COVID-19 closures, Back to School may become Back to “Half” School for many families. With after school programs canceled this fall, millions of parents will be needing some help, and let’s be real, a break. Smart Buddies  “Afterschool-In-A-Box” to the rescue! 

Smart Buddies are a diverse set of characters on programmable scooters that kids, ages 6 and up, can code to zoom, spin, race and dance – all while learning how to code! Plus, they’re incredibly darling! 

With “Afterschool-In-A-Box,” kids attend LIVE Zoom classes for 4-weeks with counselors, teachers, and fellow students – meeting for twice-a-week activities, social fun and assignments. At the end of the program, kids get certified as a “junior coder,” and have new skills and knowledge to bring into their classrooms when they do attend. 

Smart Buddies “Afterschool-In-A-Box” is $249.99, a fraction of what families would spend sending their children to in-person STEM programs. Not only can parents feel good about giving their kids this fantastic educational adventure, they can keep them motivated and in a routine, while doing so affordably. 

What’s included?

Smart Buddies coding robot of choice

Twice a week LIVE Zoom classes for 4-weeks with real counselors and teachers (no canned video this is the real deal)

Meet your fellow students twice-a-week for learning activities, social fun and assignments

Start with the basics and grow to do problem-solving techniques that cover fundamental coding concepts such as sequences, loops, events, conditionals, functions, and variables.

Get certified as a junior coder

Meet Our Award Winning Instructors: 

Marc Shuler is a STEM advocate who is passionate about promoting interest in math & science for underrepresented groups. A Philadelphia native, Marc attended The Pennsylvania State University where he earned his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. While pursuing his degree, he was heavily involved in biochemical research and academic tutoring. Currently, Marc resides in Philly where he seeks out opportunities to inspire and educate the next generation of young scientists and engineers.  Marc believes the greatest gift a mentor can provide his/her students is to establish confidence in themselves.

Kids need our guidance and support now more than ever – let’s keep them learning, organized and feeling like the world will one day be back to normal. 


Smart Buddies Afterschool-In-A-Box” is a 4-week online afterschool STEM program for kids interested in coding concepts, learning to create interesting games, obstacle courses and dances based on mathematical concepts, while meeting like minded kids from around the country! Interacting with new personalities and meeting new students from across the country.  Smart Buddies is brought to you by Smart Gurlz, the world’s first line of self-balancing coding robots for kids. Smart Gurlz appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and these award-winning products have been recommended by the Girl Scouts of America and BlackGirlsCode. Promoting equity in STEM: Our mission is to engage all K-K6 students, including those who are currently underrepresented in STEM. We’re all adapting to the new normal, but we can still give our kids a shot at learning this Fall during Covid-19 closures.

Katie Rose Cronin is a Senior Public Relations Account Executive at ChicExecs Brand Strategy

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