Hey hun, I hope this weekend has been nothing but fun for you. Me…I got to sleep in! Well that is if you call 8:30AM sleeping in. For me, with a 9 month old that is a good day. We have been spending the last two weekends doing “sleepover weekend” with the kids. Pulling the mattresses into the living room and every blanket and pillow we can muster up around the house. We cozied up and watch movies until the wee hours of the morning.
At the BVX house Marvel and DC comic movies reign supreme. Yeah I know…a house full of boys of course they love all the action movies and superheroes. But it is so much deeper than that. Being true 21st century parents we teach or kids to think bigger than what they see on the screen. We dissect the science, the technology, and dig deep into conversations about how Dr. Strange can travel between space and time and channel his energy to tear through dimensions. Or the physics behind Tony Stark’s arch reactor. It is full on geek talk around here and I love it!
You could say we have inadvertently built into them the love of science and math through family movie night. Our own personal STEM program at home. The surprising thing is that it actually transfers to their scholastics. Jr is a self-proclaimed geek and has ambition to be an engineer. Miss. Marley, she jumps at every opportunity to be involved in her schools STEM program; enrolling in both robotics and photography. So it was no surprise that when Code Ninja Silverlake invited us to spend time at their day camp over Christmas Break that they jumped at the opportunity. Waking up at 6:30am during the holiday was no issue – they were actually dressed and ready to go before I even came out to wake them up. Code Ninja has developed a new and exciting way to teach STEM to the 21st century kid.
If you are a parent today this buzz word is all over the place. We hear it at school, museums, on TV, at afterschool programs. It is like you just can’t escape it. But what is it? STEM officially stands for Science, Technology Engineering and Math but ultimately what it boils down to is your kid doing kid things. Getting their hands dirty, expanding their minds, teaching them to be creative and problem solve. Code Ninja takes a child’s basic love for technology, gaming and having fun with friends and puts it into a program (no pun intended) that teaches them to code games and new apps. The children or ninjas as they call them are partnered up with local high school students, sensei’s and taught the in’s and out’s of coding. Progressing through the program to ultimately achieve the ability to design their own app that can be placed on any marketplace such as the App Store or Google Play.
At pick up I had to drag my kids away from the computers. Excited to show me all the cool games they created – I knew we had a winner with Code Ninja.
Want to know more? Come join the BVX crew as we enjoy the day with our friends at Code Ninja Silverlake on February 2nd from 11:00am-3:00pm for their grand opening! The event will have a number of hands-on activities in the Dojo for the children such as Virtual Reality, Snap Circuits, STEM games, and so much more. They will also have raffles throughout the event that you don’t want to miss out on.
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