VIRGINIA BEACH — In the age of information and as our daily lives are saturated with technology, Trussie Rogers said their mission at Code Ninjas is to transform kids from consumers to creators.
“Coding and programming is no longer a thing of the future — it’s a thing of today,” he said. “When you look at the world around us it’s all coding and programming and that world is only going to grow faster.”
Rogers is the center director at the most recent Code Ninjas location on Princess Anne Road where they teach children ages 7 to 14 computer coding and programming by helping them build video games in after-school and weekend sessions.
Teaching “the language of the 21st century” in their “dojo” is just one part of the training, Rogers said. “Ninjas” are also learning problem-solving skills while they’re working their code to the exact parameters required to work.
“The games they build here are graded by our senseis and they have to function in the way that they’re given in their online digital manuals,” he said.
Code Ninjas has about 500 locations worldwide, but with the closest location to Hampton Roads being in Richmond, Rogers said there was a need in southeast Virginia.
Since opening their doors here in July, they’ve had close to 120 ninjas join the dojo.
Parents can drop their kids off for after school and weekend coding sessions, but birthday party and Parent’s Night Out options are coming soon, Rogers said.
The director also said he hears positive feedback daily with parents saying how they wished “something like this was around when” they were kids and the kids enjoy hanging out with people who “speak their language” when it comes to video games, STEM activities, and robotics.
“It’s more important than ever to understand this skillset with technology being something that surrounds and consumes all of us — what side of the screen do you want your kids to be on?”
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