Kizoom empowers kids to grow their brains by making learning about the brain FUN.
Despite its importance, few of us receive an owners manual of the brain, telling us how why it is important and how we can make it stronger every day. Some may think that teaching kids about the brain is unnecessary. But research has shown that kids that understand the maleable nature of their brains are more empowered learners. They do better in school and later in life.
But most kids are NOT learning about the brain. We want to change this. Drawing from our creative and scientific roots, we have developed a world of brain cell characters, stories and games that help kids KNOW AND GROW THEIR BRAINS.
Erica Warp, PhD – Co-Founder and CEO
Erica is a neuroscientist, an award-winning educator, artist and the creator of Ned the Neuron. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Erica studied biology at Brown University, received her Masters in neuroscience from King’s College London and her PhD in neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley. She founded Kizoom in 2012 to bring the science of the brain to kids using interactive media and relatable characters. Her educational work with kids extends to the classroom. For two years, she was a teacher and curriculum designer at the hands on science studio Celsius and Beyond in San Francisco where she has developed and led courses for elementary and middle school children on Neuroscience, Dissection, Evolution and Complexity. Erica also has a background in visual art, having studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and Goldsmiths College.
Dilara Semerci – Game Developer
Dilara is a gameplay programmer and a game designer. Holding a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Turkey’s Bogazici University, she discovered a desire to make games. Her path to the entertainment industry took her to the USA through a creative two years at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center, where she completed her masters studies. She is excited to be at Kizoom creating awesome stuff for kids to discover the power of their brain.
Andy Warner – Illustrator
Andy is an illustrator and comic artist with 8+ years of professional experience creating powerful visuals for education, entertainment and political comics. His comics and illustrations have been published by popsci.com, Slate, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, American Public Media, Symbolia, KQED, Generation Progress and the United Nations. He lives in San Francisco and he comes from the sea.
Rowan Saloner – Researcher
Rowan is a passionate child educator and self-proclaimed “neuro-nerd.” Holding a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from U.C. Davis, he has conducted cognitive functioning research at UCSF and the Buck Institute, directed youth summer camp programs, and has years of professional tutoring experience. In his role as Biz Dev Manager for Kizoom, he has combined his interests in youth entertainment, education and neuroscience to increase child brain-awareness.