We helped Tech Rocket teach thousands of kids coding, game design, and graphic design.
iD Tech’s camps were legendary for getting kids excited about tech, but they were limited to a few weeks every summer and select locations. Adding a branded always-on web platform meant more kids could learn on their busy schedules.
Can’t Touch This
iD Tech was producing web content, but it was non-interactive video. In order to publish fully interactive web courses, Envy Labs was well-equipped to help.
iD’s revenue came in a pretty substantial bell curve that peaked mid-year. Opening up a year-round revenue stream could help the company break through some growth barriers.
We’re Going On an Adventure
We began research and initial wireframes for Tech Rocket back in 2014. Taking lessons we learned from Code School, we dialed back the age demographic to appeal to a younger audience. We collected lessons and insights over the following years to add features and steady refinement.
Time To Remodel
We had 3 years of delivering steady improvements to Tech Rocket when we pitched the idea of a site redesign in early 2017. With plans for a growing course library, we reimagined the entire site placing more emphasis on courses. We also explored stretching and expanding the user dashboard with better avatars, a level-up system, and more ways for Tech Rocket to reward their players for learning.
Design + Develop
Move It Like This
We took full advantage of SVG animations and fun characters designed by Ayana Campbell Smith to put more smiling, kid-friendly faces all around the site.
As students complete challenges and courses, they earn achievement badges as well as points towards leveling up. Kids can choose to split their time between coding, game design, and graphic design equally, or focus on a specialty. They’re in control!
I Look Good!
We developed an expressive avatar builder with everything from natural to silly hair styles, accessories, and outfits. Kids can unlock avatar pieces the more they play, incentivizing play time to grab that sweet luchador mask or robot costume.
Ooh Watch Me
The platform includes a dashboard for parents to monitor their kids’ progress. In addition to seeing completed courses, it’s a great place to discover talking points for home conversation.
100% Code, No Preservatives
Built on top of Ivy, Tech Rocket takes advantage of one of the world’s most advanced code education platforms. Rather than simple multiple choice or fill-in-the-blank questions, students write and submit real code (with a helping hand from Tech Rocket instructors), and get true-to-life feedback.
Friends In Low (and High) Places
Tech Rocket expanded their curriculum in exciting new ways, such as partnering with Hour of Code™ to encourage an early introduction to coding. With Ivy, their content is richer in interactivity and substance.
Something For Everybody
In spring 2017, Tech Rocket boasted just shy of 4,000 active monthly users, some of which wouldn’t have attended camp. Tech Rocket’s instructors and course content creators now have a broader reach than ever, delivering knowledge and online tutoring to thousands.
A paid subscription model not only depends on course creators to make new content, it empowers them to do so with steady revenue.
We bootstrapped Code School initially for internal training, but in the process it became a successful platform for technical education.