WEST HARTFORD — Say the words, “video game” and your kids are bound to stop and listen. The local owners of a new Code Ninjas, a learning center that debuted at the beginning of November, for a soft opening, at 176 Newington Road, Suite A, West Hartford, 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 West Hartford location will be welcoming the community by holding a winter-themed grand opening celebration Sunday, Dec. 8. The celebration will feature tours of the center, STEM activities and a ribbon cutting with the chamber of commerce.
The West Hartford location is owned and operated by Tim and Dennis Canlas, brothers combining their professional backgrounds to provide the community with an engaging, educational experience. Tim was part of a small startup that created curriculum for adults trying to advance themselves in the data science fields. There, he saw firsthand how much even basic coding education positively impacts job opportunities. Tim’s experience combined with Dennis’ computer science background and other business ventures, including marketing, software and finance the two created the ideal duo to bring coding education to the West Hartford community.
“We really see Code Ninjas as the future of kids learning the fundamentals of code and software development,” said Dennis. “We want to see the kids of West Hartford get excited about STEM education through the engaging curriculum that allows kids to build the video games they love while teaching problem solving and coding.”
West Hartford children ages 7-14 can 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 Code Ninjas Jr., a program for ninjas 4-10. Code Ninjas offers 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 West Hartford Code Ninjas location, please visit codeninjas.com or call 860-295-4297