• January 27, 2022
 Code Ninjas is Opening in El Paso

Code Ninjas is Opening in El Paso

Code Ninjas is Opening in El Paso

Code Ninjas, the world’s largest kids coding franchise, is coming to El Paso

Code Ninjas is opening on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, at 6450 N. Desert Blvd., Ste. G-103, El Paso, TX 79912, inside West Towne Marketplace. Courses are open to kids ages 5 to 14 throughout El Paso.

Code Ninjas helps kids gain coding and game development skills through a self-paced game-based curriculum, so they learn without even knowing it. As kids build their skills with the help of the center’s senseis, they advance through a belt system — from white to black — until they can code or build their own game or app.

Ninjas can advance through nine belts, starting at the white belt, where they will learn the basics of coding. A junior course is for 5- to 7-year-olds and a Create course is for kids starting at 8 years old. Advanced belt levels include instruction in coding languages such as C# (pronounced C sharp), Lua and JavaScript. Ninjas can attend sessions with their senseis twice weekly for an hour each day. The dojo also offers school break camps.

Code Ninjas’ nine instructors, or senseis, include STEM majors from the University of Texas at El Paso and New Mexico State University.

Owner Krissett Loya-Bodiford, a native El Pasoan with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemistry and public health, respectively, said she wanted to open a space for kids who are excited about learning but may not have a group to join that fits their interests.

“It’s about bringing together a community of kids who are creative, who are unique and who may not feel like there’s a special kind of group for them at school, but they want to be a part of a community,” said Loya-Bodiford.

The dojo is open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The monthly fee is $225. The dojo is 1,300 square feet and can accommodate 24 students at one time.

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