Code Ninjas Plans Grand Opening Sept. 2 in Ashburn Shopping Plaza

Code Ninjas Plans Grand Opening Sept. 2 in Ashburn Shopping Plaza

Code Ninjas Ashburn plans a grand opening Sept. 2 at its location in the Ashburn Shopping Plaza.
The open house is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Co-owners Ashraf Kadri and Jin Yang will be available to answer questions about the programs offered  by Code Ninjas.
Kadri said the franchise will help Loudoun County’s “tech-savvy” youth develop their science, technology and math skills in a structured but flexible program. Code Ninjas offers drop-in learning, regular after-school programs, camps in the summer and parents’ nights out events on weekends.
“This program is really for kids from kindergarten through eighth grade,” Kadri said. “We are planning to have a summer camps starting next year, but we basically will have about three or four programs. We will have a drop-off program where students can come two times a week after school and we are also going to have parent’s nights out, on the weekends.”
Kadri said students can enter a program at any age or skill level and advance at their own pace. Parents are not locked into long-term commitments, because many children are involved in other academic, athletic or artistic activities.
“It is flexible,” he said. “We are called Code Ninjas because we give the belts. They start from the white belt and they can go all the way to the black belt. We think that for most students, if they stay in the program, they will be in for about three years.”
He also said Code Ninjas plans to provide shuttle buses for picking up students from schools within five miles of the business.
“We have about seven schools within that area,” he said.
The Code Ninjas franchise was started by programmer and entrepreneur David Graham.  He founded Coder Camps, a program that teaches adults to be successful software developers. That experience, coupled with his desire to equip his own two children with tools for a successful future, led to Code Ninjas.
“I’ve seen how coding education improves lives,” Graham said. “Every child should have the opportunity to learn to code, and have a great time doing it. That’s what Code Ninjas is all about.”
Kadri said they already have a location locked in for a second franchise in Fairfax once the one in Ashburn gets established. He said Code Ninjas centers also offer other opportunities for fun, hands-on learning to keep the children engaged and avoid screen-time overload.
“We are going to teach them about flying drones, and we will have an area for building with Legos,” he said. “We don’t want them on the computers for like five or six hours because we want to balance the screen time as well. We want to have a variety of methods of learning and problem-solving. We will even teach them about the computer programming behind drones, so they will know what’s going on behind how they are controlled.”
For more information, visit codeninjas.com/locations/va-ashburn.

Joseph Dill
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