Ninja Code Academy are different because we teach kids the connection between hardware and software and not just the coding element. We go much further by showing the children how and why this happens and is necessary to understand.
Why is this important?
The world of technology is moving towards machines and robots; but how do these robots know what to do?
They have to be told by humans…
But in what language?
They don't understand English. What if the robot is Chinese!
So we have to talk to the robots in a language that they understand.
Well, machines only understand one thing: power on/off. This can be represented by 1 and 0. So we can give instructions using a combination of 1's and 0's.
But what if the hardware or robot is not nearby?
This is where the Internet Of Things (IoT) comes in.
Take your heating app on your phone for example. You can control the climate in your home with your phone in Barbados!
The information is sent over the internet/Wi-Fi as 1's and 0's which the hardware reads, understands and processes.
So, at Ninja Code Academy we teach the kids not only to control the hardware using software, but also how to build the hardware using electronics, sensors, wiring, building prototypes and making the hardware system.
Once they can build the hardware, control the hardware using software, then they are on the way to becoming inventors. We don't stop there! We talk about how to build their product, control it with code, make a prototype, market research, funding, manufacturing, selling and retiring!
We teach this is through physical computing on our White Ninja!
What is the White Ninja?
This is our specially designed platform which shows with immediate effect the result from a line of code. This helps learning by engaging visually, aurally and physically. This encourages the child to learn through trial and error, by not being afraid of 'having a go', encouraging self-belief and thereby increasing confidence.
This learning is facilitated by our nurturing, fun, creative and encouraging environment in the classroom.
Differences and quirks are celebrated, we say that getting something wrong is the best way to learn and everyone is encouraged to join in.
We spend a lot of time honing and encouraging these soft skills to prepare them for their futures where they will be able to stand up and present their ideas, sell their inventions and inspire others to 'have a go' too!
In fact, within 6-7 weeks of being in our company, most kids will have stood up at the front and said something and this too, by choice!
Further adding to their skill set, Senior Ninjas are invited to come and help in Junior classes. After just a term of doing this, we see a step function change in the children’s confidence and ability. One of the best ways to learn is to teach. When you have to articulate something in several different ways, it makes your brain work a bit harder and faster. Confidence goes through the roof and social skills develop in a manner in which they could not anywhere else.
The impact of these skills is obviously felt in all areas of the childs life. We receive much parent feedback regarding increased confidence and ability in school and academics.
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