Code Ninjas center opens June 22 and focuses on building video games, robotics, drones, and other STEM activities
From Code Ninjas
Say the words, “video game” and your kids are bound to stop and listen. The local owners of the new Code Ninjas, a learning center that debuts June 22 at 1185 Spring Centre S Blvd., know that video games aren’t only fun, but educational. Code Ninjas will serve the local area by teaching children computer coding and problem-solving skills while having fun building video games.
The Longwood location is owned and operated by Qwesi and Devina McCray. The couple moved back to Central Florida from the DC area, where their two children were heavily involved in after-school STEM and coding activities. When the family returned to Orlando so that Devina could take a job as a breast surgery oncologist, they realized that there weren’t any coding center options available in the area. The McCrays believe strongly that coding is the future and that Code Ninjas provides an immersive experience for kids, so they decided to bring their own Code Ninjas to the Orlando area.
“We’re excited to bring Code Ninjas to help fill a void in STEM education and provide kids with a meaningful after-school activity,” said Qwesi. “Although some public schools include STEM subjects in their curriculum, few offer coding. Code Ninjas provides a more thorough learning experience that will push kids to get ahead in STEM while also having a lot of fun.”
Orlando area children ages 5-14 can now look forward to visiting the new Code Ninjas center to learn how to code in a fun, safe, and social learning environment where gaming is celebrated, and STEM is cool. Everything about Code Ninjas is built around fun, which keeps kids coming back. But the center also provides the results that parents are looking for, as their children gain coding and problem-solving skills they’ll need for the jobs of the future.
Code Ninjas accomplishes this with a robust, game-based curriculum made up of nine belts, just like martial arts. The curriculum is self-paced, but not self-taught; kids get immediate help and encouragement from Code Senseis and fellow students as they advance from white to black belt. The program keeps kids motivated with little wins along the way, and “Belt-Up” celebrations where they receive color-coded wristbands to mark their graduation to the next level. By the time a child finishes the program, they will publish an app in an app store.
Code Ninjas offers a variety of opportunities for children to get involved, including a flexible weeknight drop-in program, camps and Parents Night Out events on weekends.
Code Ninjas founder and CEO David Graham is a professional software developer who previously owned a successful chain of coding camps for adults. After numerous inquiries from parents, Graham realized there was an unmet demand to teach children coding skills. He launched the Code Ninjas brand in 2016.
For more information about the Code Ninjas location, please visit www.codeninjas.com or call 407-431-0930.