On Saturday, June 29, 2019, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for Code Ninjas at their new location in Hillsborough to celebrate their grand opening. Mayor Frank Delcore was joined by Deputy Mayor Doug Tomson, Committeewoman Holmes, David Kois, Business Advocate, EBDC Members, Toni Natale and Owners Marisa Narula, her husband Kanwar Narula and their two sons Jai and Joshua. Also in attendance was Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, Montgomery Deputy Mayor Catherine Gural, Harlingen Reformed Church Pastor Chris Heitcamp, Congressman Tom Malinowski, and Mike Kerwin, President & CEO, Somerset County Business Partnership. There were games, prizes, special guests, and a robotics demonstration from Hillsborough FIRST Team 75 RoboRaiders.
Code Ninjas is located at 649 Route 206 North, Suite 1C in Hillsborough Centre.The Hillsborough location is the first Code Ninjas center in Somerset County. Children ages 7-14 can look forward to visiting the new Hillsborough Code Ninjas center to learn how to code in a fun, safe, and social learning environment where gaming is celebrated, and STEM is cool. Everything about Code Ninjas is built around fun, which keeps kids coming back. But the center also provides the results that parents are looking for, as their children gain coding and problem-solving skills they’ll need for the jobs of the future.
Code Ninjas accomplishes this with a robust, game-based curriculum made up of nine belts, just like martial arts. The curriculum is self-paced, but not self-taught; kids get immediate 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 have created and published their own video game in the app store.
“Code Ninjas’ program is really wonderful because we can teach kids as early as second grade how to code whereas they would have otherwise had to wait until middle or high school to participate in robotics or computer science clubs” said Marisa. “Hillsborough and Montgomery have some of the best robotics teams in the country and we’re excited to help get kids interested and prepared for them even earlier. We really want to create an experience that is both impactful and unique to the area.”
Hillsborough Code Ninjas offers a variety of opportunities for children to get involved, including a flexible drop-in membership program, weeknights and weekends, summer camps, scout workshops, parent’s night outs, and other special events throughout the year.