Matthew Sokolowski, 11, gets ready to launch his Code Drone, which is flown and operated by a code he helped write. He attended a weeklong camp in the summer specifically to learn how to fly drones. Photo by Collette Orquiz

Code Ninjas helps students learn vital math and problem-solving skills while also creating their own video games, a co-owner said.

“It’s a nice, fun, safe environment for children to come in to learn logic and understand ‘if/then’ statements,” said Jennifer Block. “If you can learn the logic behind that now, you could even apply that to your life decisions.”

Block owns Code Ninjas with her husband, Beau, a former Air Force Reserve major. The couple and their two children recently relocated to Stone Oak from California.

Code Ninjas, 20322 Huebner Road, Suite 105, opened May 19 and is one of 264 franchises in 32 states.

Akin to the Montessori approach, pupils ages 7-14 move at their own pace as they write codes and build video games. During training, youngsters ascend from white belts to black belts, similar to karate.

The instructor, or a “Code Sensei,” is a high school or university-level student experienced with coding who always stays one step ahead of the highest-ranking ninja.

“We came across Code Ninjas somewhere on the internet and just thought how we would love our son and daughter to do something like this,” Jennifer Block said. “In schools right now, they don’t teach anything like this. They only teach the basics and, of course, you need the basics, but Code Ninjas understands that coding is not just for the future — it’s the now.”

Offerings include summer camp, drop-ins, homeschooling and even birthday parties.

It’s important to the owners that every student gets the opportunity to do something they love and also socialize with other children sharing the same interests.

Center hours are weekdays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


CODE NINJAS

20322 Huebner Road, Suite 105. For more, call 210-960-5380 or visit codeninjas.com

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