Kira Learning, a San Francisco, CA-based company building an AI-powered platform that allows anyone to teach and learn computer science (CS), closed a $15 million Series A round from existing investors NEA and the AI Fund.
The company also announced a partnership with the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN), managed by Battelle Education, following a competitive RFP process, to provide all public high schools and middle schools in the state with an introductory CS curriculum and an unparalleled, integrated teaching-learning platform.
"We're seeing the most significant shift in K-12 education in half a century, as computer science becomes an important third pillar in K-12 education along with language and math, and we're thrilled to join with the State of Tennessee and the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) as our first partner out of the gate in ensuring all students benefit from early exposure to computer science," said Kira Learning Co-Founder and CEO Andrea Pasinetti. "We fundamentally believe this subject needs to be an equal pillar in K-12 education, alongside literacy and math skills. With the rigor that went into designing our curriculum and platform, we can take anyone from never having written a single line of code to being able to train a neural network, in just three weeks. We are excited to bring it nationwide."
Through the partnership with TSIN, Kira Learning’s computer science courses will be available to all public middle and high schools in the state at no cost.
Company: Kira Learning, Inc.
Round: Series A
Funding Month: May 2023
Lead Investors: NEA and the AI Fund
Company Website: https://kira-learning.com/
Software Category: Teaching Platform
About the Company: Kira Learning is building an AI-powered platform that allows anyone to teach and learn computer science. Founded in 2021, the company offers a curriculum designed by notable educators, scientists, and engineers, along with AI-assisted lesson planning, grading, and student assistance. Kira Learning’s platform includes cutting-edge curricular solutions, a collaborative browser-based coding environment, and AI-powered tools for auto-grading and student assistance. Kira Learning's solution emphasizes engaging students in a helpful way, ensuring that they are comfortable, continuously motivated, and engaged. The curriculum covers various programming languages and technologies, featuring course pathways on AI, cybersecurity, web development, and more. Kira Learning is on a mission to establish computer science and AI as foundational pillars of education alongside literacy and numeracy.