Last month, Code Ninjas opened its doors in MIlton Keynes inviting video-game-loving kids to come to their dojo to learn new skills.
The concept is to use something children love like video games and present it as a Trojan horse to teach children about maths, logic and teamwork.
The activity club is situated in Broughton Gate and Milton Keynes Mayor Andrew Geary attended the dojos opening. Mayor Geary said:"I wish Code Ninjas Milton Keynes all the best in their adventure.
"In these times of uncertainty for our local businesses, it’s amazing to see things slowly return to normal and the launch of this new centre proves business in Milton Keynes is on the mend.
“Coding is the future, and at Code Ninjas kids aged 5-14 can make real progress and gain valuable skills while having a great time. Learning about computers at such a young age is crucial because it helps build the vital foundations for future success. So many people who start coding at a young age have far advanced problem-solving skills in later life."
Young ninjas are invited to attend up to two sessions a week, a spokesperson advised times are designed to be 'family friendly'. This means that sessions don’t have to be on the same day and time every week. Classes are scheduled for after school and on weekends.
Co-owner and dad of one, Girish added: "At Code Ninjas we want our ninjas to develop a real passion for coding, so it was great to see so many excited new faces.
"Code Ninjas is not just fun, but also very educational, which is vital after so much time spent learning at home these past few months. As a parent, I understand how hard it’s been during the pandemic to keep kids entertained. That’s why we are looking to provide a service that’s not just great for kids but is also convenient for parents and gives them some well deserved time off.”
At the launch, one little ninja said: “My favourite thing about the games in Code Ninjas is that you can learn various things such as the X & Y coordinates in the 'Hungry Hungry Ninja' and 'Laser Chase' games. I really like these games and am excited to learn how to make them.”
On bringing their child along to the free open-day, one parent said, “Code Ninjas is a concept that I have never seen in Milton Keynes before. My son is not really into sports, so it’s given him an alternative to the more traditional after-school clubs out there. Code Ninjas is a perfect after-school activity for him as he loves computers.”
Another parent acknowledged the importance of getting kids into technology early saying, “Code Ninjas is very important for children as technology is all around us. Programming is a key part of our lives and learning those skills will be essential in the future job market.
A spokesperson advised that Ninja Dojos has also taken on new staff, hiring 'Code SenseisTM' and a centre director for the Milton Keynes site. More information on this new type of after school club is available here.