In this Salute to American Success, we’re taking a look at Snapology. The company uses building blocks (like LEGOs) and technology to combine play with education, for kids one to 14 years of age. Some of the classes include engineering, science, architecture, robotics, among others. The company was founded in 2011 by sisters Lisa and Laura Coe.

“Our parents were entrepreneurs,” Laura Coe said. “We sort of grew up with an entrepreneurial background, helping in whatever way we could.”

Laura, after looking into LEGO programs for her son, decided she wanted to bring a similar program to Pittsburgh, where she lived.

Today, the company’s curriculum includes science, math, engineering, architecture, animation and more.

“The idea is that it’s passive learning,” Coe said. “Kids have so much fun that they don’t know they’re learning. We don’t just let them build things, we teach them the engineering behind it.”

According to Coe, every theme is mapped to specific Common Core requirements, since

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