The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, NACC, officially welcomed Code Ninjas at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 22, at the Code Ninjas learning center on South Naper Blvd. owned and operated by Indian-American couple Kalyan Anandula and Preethi Kundoor.
Code Ninjas, which opened its doors June 1, serves the local area by teaching children computer coding and problem-solving skills while having fun building video games.
It’s steadily growing base of students, mostly aged 7-14, known as “ninjas, filled summer camps and enrolled in flexible drop-in learning centers.
Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico and Congressman Sean Casten, D-Illinois, along with several ambassadors from NACC welcomed Code Ninjas to Naperville, a press release from Asian Media USA, said.
Anandula and Kundoor have a background in technology and application development, and were looking for STEM related activities for their children and found Code Ninjas offered the perfect social and educational atmosphere. Seeing the need for STEM education in the Naperville area, the couple decided to open a center of their own. They plan to open a second Code Ninjas center in Wheaton this fall.
“We saw the need for coding education in youth academics and we want to help local children think critically and spread our technology experience with them,” Anandula is quoted saying in the press release. “While everyone consumes technology, very few understand how it functions and we want to change that. The future relies on technology and Code Ninjas will teach children skills that will help them for possible careers.”
Everything about Code Ninjas is built around fun, an aspect that keeps kids coming back. Children gain coding and problem-solving skills they’ll need for the jobs of the future, organizers believe.
Code Ninjas founder and CEO David Graham is a professional software developer who previously owned a successful chain of coding camps for adults. He launched the Code Ninjas brand in 2016.
“Parents want their children to learn the critical skills that they’ll need in the future, but it also has to be fun for kids. Code Ninjas has found that sweet spot where kids have fun and parents see results, and we’re truly excited to bring our unique concept to Naperville and surrounding communities,” Graham is quoted saying in the press release.