Family First: Code Ninjas

FOX 44

With students back at home this week due to the threat of severe weather, many will be back on their electronic devices.

In this week’s Family First, we highlight the growing interest in the early stages of game development.

As technology continues to evolve, children are learning new skills, including the basics of coding.

“It’s fun,” 12-year old Noah Klink said. “I love the atmosphere here, they give us lots of technology to work with.”

Mom Kara Klink added, “He comes one hour, two times a week. He asked why can’t I go longer mom?”

At Code Ninjas on Siegen Lane, you can find future software engineers like Noah and other game designers at work.

“I love the senseis, I love the people,” Noah said.

Kara Klink added, “He wanted to learn more about JavaScript, and that’s what they start in so he’s just really happy and can’t wait to come every week.”

“We teach kids 7 to 14, how to code from a fun perspective, we kind of tricked them with game development,” Center director Dave Brin. “So we get them using platforms that they’re already familiar with, and we teach them how to think around corners.”

Ben Marcel and his business partners saw the need for a venue like Code Ninjas to cultivate interest in this growing field.

“Kids have a lot of screen time at home, whether it’s on the computer playing video games, watching people on YouTube playing video games,” Marcel said. “We wanted to give these children a great place to have a more experience of learning with their screen time and not just sitting in front of the computer playing games.”

Brin added, “We teach them logic, we teach them some of the more fundamental terms in coding that they’re going to need to be able to move ahead in their life and really be able to navigate, how the world is going to be when they grow up.”

Operating weekdays from 3:30-7:00 p.m., Code Ninjas provides a family-friendly learning environment.

Dad Robert Isemann added, “He enjoys coming here, he can work at his own pace, which is really the cool thing about it. And it’s also good for the parents because it’s not a set time that we have to come every week it’s kind of, you come in that window twice a week and it works great.”

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