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What isThinkerella_2kids

Thinkerella is a hands-on educational program for elementary and middle school girls and boys that focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) experiments and activities. Through after-school activities, workshops, birthday parties, and scout sessions, each session tackles complex material by making it fun and exciting through interactive learning experiences. Created by local mom Cherie Melancon Franz, Thinkerella aims to inspire the next generation of makers, builders, shapers, doers, and inventors.

The program’s goal is to provide easily understood real-world examples and demonstrations of sometimes difficult topics, such as Newton’s Third Law of Motion. Thinkerella allows children to conduct safe, fun experiments that spark their curiosity and help them develop a life-long love of learning. Certified teachers write all curricula and lesson plans.


A Little History

In March 2014, Cherie Melancon Franz launched Thinkerella™ in Uptown New Orleans as a way to provide children with an exciting new way of learning. Originally developed for girls (Thinkerellas), the program quickly expanded to include boys (Thinkerfellas).

From September 2014 through May 2016, over three dozen elementary schools in the Greater New Orleans area have partnered with Thinkerella to launch ThinkerKids! after-school programs for their students. Teachers acting as facilitators and curricula developers for the programs earned approximately $44,000. The idea is to provide a stellar enrichment program to the children while also providing supplemental income to local teachers who already do so much for our kids.




What People are Saying About Thinkerella



Thinkerella in the News

The Ultimate Juggling Act: Local “mompreneurs” do it all
Biz New Orleans

The Power of STEM: Thinkerella & Thinkerella
St. Charles Avenue Magazine

Maker Movement Kids Week: Brainy is Beautiful

Local Mom Develops Engaging Educational Program for Kids
WDSU-TV Channel 6

New Educational Program for Kids a Hit in New Orleans
The 504, WWL-TV Channel 4

Out to Lunch Entrepreneurs: 9 Volt Kids & Thinkerella
Out To Lunch, It’s New Orleans

Mompreneurs: Gaining STEAM
Nola Baby

Program Allows Girls To Create with Technology
New Orleans Advocate

‘ThinkerKids’ learn that science lurks everywhere
Clarion Herald

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Questions? Send me a message using the form below. You can also email info@mythinkerella.com or call (504) 232-1394.



Currently Thinkerella is located the Greater New Orleans area.
Thinkerella New Orleans
260 Hickory Avenue, Suite D
Harahan, LA 70123
Phone: (504) 232-1394