Code Ninjas to debut in East Pearland to teach kids coding in a cool way

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Say the words, “computer game” and your kids are bound to stop and listen. The local owners of a new Code Ninjas, a learning center that celebrates its Grand Opening on Saturday, Feb. 2 in the Cullen Crossing Shopping Center at 8325 Broadway St., Ste. 224, know that computer games aren’t only fun, but can also be used to teach. Code Ninjas will serve the local area by teaching children computer coding and problem-solving skills while having fun building the games they already love to play.
The Pearland Silverlake location is owned owned by 20X-Tanglewood, LLC, a company founded by local entrepreneurs and married couple Ellecia and Edmund Knolle. Seeing the increased demand and emphasis on STEM education, the Knolles wanted to provide the local children with a fun and challenging concept to deep dive into computer science and robotics.
“We are passionate about education and seeing my daughter wish to explore STEM years ago I enrolled her in a robotics program and I saw her mind come alive before my eyes,” Ellecia said. “STEM education is relevant and useful to any child. The Code Ninjas self-paced curriculum is education for the 21st century, where children learn through trial and error and produce their own technology, instead of just consuming it.”
Pearland children 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, high school and college-age coders, as well as fellow Code Ninjas 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 is designed with both kids and parents in mind. Code Ninjas offers a variety of fun opportunities for children to get involved, including a flexible after-school drop-in program and camps held during school breaks. The convenience for busy families is a huge draw because there are no scheduled classes or homework assignments. Parents drop their kids off for a one-hour session when it’s convenient for them. Parents can stay and relax in the comfortable lobby, enjoy some quiet time, run errands or shuttle kids to other activities.
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.
“Parents want their children to learn the critical skills that they’ll need in the future, but it also has to be fun for kids. Code Ninjas has found that sweet spot where kids have fun and parents see results, and we’re truly excited to bring our unique concept to Pearland and surrounding communities,” said Graham.
The new Code Ninjas Silverlake is located on the east side of 288 at the intersection of Cullen and Broadway (facing the Post Office and alongside the Police Depart-ment). Call 832-777-3662 for information or please visit www.codeninjas.com/locations/tx-pearland-silverlake

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Code Ninjas will celebrate their grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 2. The center focuses on developing problem-solving skills by using coding to build computer games, program robotics, fly drones, and have fun with other STEM activities.

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