Grok (verb): to understand intuitively or by empathy.
We're a team of educators and software engineers who want to make coding fun for everyone. We are passionate about teaching the next generation the skills they need to become the creators of tomorrow.
Together we have decades of experience teaching computing to university students, high school students, teachers and professionals. We love using the latest technology to make it easier for you to learn.
We believe that a solid computer science understanding is vital whether you want to fight climate change, make the next blockbuster movie or unlock the secrets of the universe.
We've taught thousands of students across Australia to program in classrooms, lecture halls and online, and are now bringing top-notch STEM education into classrooms and homes around the world.
James is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Sydney, and co-founder of Grok Learning. James has been teaching computer science to students and teachers for over a decade, and has been director of the National Computer Science School since 2000. He was one of three primary authors of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies and is a regular keynote speaker on unpacking and teaching coding in the curriculum.
Tara is an Associate Professor in Astrophysics at the University of Sydney, and co-founder of Grok Learning. Tara has been teaching programming for a decade, to everyone from high school students to professional astrophysicists and has won national and international recognition for her teaching and science outreach. Her favourite programming moment was getting her BBC micro to sing Happy Birthday back in 1984.
Nicky completed her PhD in Computer Science at the University of Sydney in 2015, and is a co-founder of Grok Learning. Nicky is passionate about teaching the next generation the skills they need to become the creators of tomorrow. Nicky helps inspire students of all ages through running the National Computer Science School and the Girls' Programming Network.
Tim completed his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Sydney in 2015, and is a co-founder of Grok Learning. Tim has taught programming for many years to high school students through his position as a lecturer at the National Computer Science School, and to university students at the University of Sydney.
Katie graduated from the University of Sydney in 2008 and went to work for Google. She spent six years working as a Software Engineer and Site Reliability Engineer at Google in Sydney and then Zurich, later taking the role of Senior Engineer and SRE tech-lead. After many years volunteer teaching programming, Katie made this passion into her day job and moved back to Sydney to join Grok Learning.
Vivian studied in biochemistry and computer science in her undergraduate degree, and almost went to work in synthetic biology. After volunteer tutoring programming throughout her undergraduate degree, she graduated in 2014 and joined Grok Learning instead.
Jim joined Grok Learning in 2016. He's been tutoring electronics and programming for several years and has previously worked at Google and ISS Group.
Ben joined the Grok Learning team late in 2016, mostly due to peer pressure. He's currently studying a Masters in Learning Science & Technology at the University of Sydney, has tutored programming for many years and previously worked at Shiny Things making educational maths games for primary school children.
Jane graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Teaching and a passion for creating compelling and meaningful learning experiences. After many years making maths education games at Shiny Things, she joined the Grok Learning team in late 2016. She is completely new to programming but loves the opportunity to learn new skills. She hopes to make programming education more accessible so that more people can have just such an opportunity!
Liv graduated from The University of Queensland with a Master of Business degree. After years of practice at KPMG, she switched to marketing and has been working with startup businesses since 2014.