Code Ninjas Debuts in Lake Nona, Will Teach Kids to Code in a Cool New Way

Code Ninjas Center to Focus on Interactive Learning through Game-Building, Robotics and More
STEM Learning with Video Games: Code Ninjas Debuts in Lake Nona, Will Teach Kids to Code in a Cool New Way
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Code Ninjas, one of the fastest-growing kids coding franchises opened their newest location at 10743 Narcoossee Rd. Orlando, FL. Code Ninjas will serve the local area by offering computer coding courses for kids. The courses will allow kids to problem-solve while they build video games and collaborate with other children their age. This new learning center will establish an environment where children can learn about technology while having fun.

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The Lake Nona location is owned and operated by local entrepreneurs Brock and Elissa Horton. With a background in digital animation and game production, Brock developed a passion for coding. Elissa spent over three years as an elementary teaching assistant working in special education and found it to be one of the most rewarding professions.

“Coding is an invaluable language for kids to learn and Code Ninjas allows for them to hone their abilities in an interactive and social environment,” says Brock in a statement. “We provide kids with knowledge they can take with them for years to come. This is truly one of the most rewarding opportunities you can have as a business owner.”

Brock recently lost his father and decided he would use his inheritance to create something meaningful. He decided that opening a Code Ninjas learning center was a great way to honor his dad; providing educational opportunities for a new generation of kids.

“At Code Ninjas, kids develop problem-solving and social skills, and they build confidence in an encouraging environment,” says Elissa. “Code Ninjas combines screen time and social interaction in a way that is productive and beneficial for kids. And once they level-up through all of the belts, they get to proudly take home their very own video game.”

Code Ninjas offers a robust, game-based curriculum made up of nine belts, just like martial arts. The courses are self-paced, but not self-taught; kids get immediate help and encouragement from Code Senseis (teachers) 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 their own app, available to the public in an app store.

Code Ninjas also 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.

Founded in 2016, Code Ninjas® is the world’s largest and fastest-growing kids coding franchise. In hundreds of Code Ninjas centers, kids ages 7-14 have fun building video games while gaining life-changing skills in coding, robotics, and problem solving.

Lisa Hay

Lisa is a staff reporter for What Now Media Group. She covers new restaurant, retail, and real estate openings across all of our markets. A true foodie, this Air Force veteran has lived all over the world — from Aviano, Italy to Nairobi, Kenya — but her favorite spot is NOLA for its rich history, architecture, culture, and of course, its good eats.
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