The Edison location of Code Ninjas that opened in January at 37 Gill Lane is owned and operated by Paritosh and Rakhi Shah, who have lived in the area for more than 12 years.
The couple found Code Ninjas when they were looking for STEM (science, technology, engineering, match) after-school programs for their own two children. Having both worked in operations and finance, the couple began to notice how important coding knowledge was becoming in their own careers.
Code Ninjas offers a game-based curriculum made up of nine belts, just like martial arts. The curriculum is self-paced, but not self-taught; students get 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 a flexible weeknight drop-in program, camps and Parents Night Out events on weekends.
For more information about the Edison Code Ninjas location, visit www.codeninjas.com.