365 New Orleans: Thinkerella

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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).

Created by this local mom, 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.



1. Tell me more! 

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, in-school field trips, 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.


2. How long have you been in business? 

Five years in March 2019.


3. How do people find you online? 

Facebook and mythinkerella.com


4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew? 

Thinkerella has over 300 experiments in our bank! We can work with any theme you can possibly dream of.


5. Lagniappe Info. 

From September 2014 through December 2018, 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 $70,000. 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.


Contact Cherie directly at mythinkerella@gmail.com


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