Lubbock teen wins national coding award


LUBBOCK, Texas (Press release) – Michael Kongstvedt, an 8th grader at JT Hutchinson Middle School, received the “Super Ninja of the Year” award for the United States by Code Ninjas today at their annual Ninja Con and their awards ceremony at Pearland. Michael has been developing his coding skills on the Code Ninjas Lubbock site since it opened in 2019.

Michael was chosen from tens of thousands of “ninjas” (Code Ninjas terminology for his students) at over 350 Code Ninjas sites across the United States. Amy Slaughter, owner and manager of the Code Ninjas Lubbock center, nominated Michael for the award after seeing him take the initiative to develop the skills he was learning through the Code Ninjas program and extend it to his own games. exciting and complex video.

“Michael is a joy at the Dojo,” Slaughter said. “He brings a positive atmosphere every time he visits our Center. He is creative, he thinks outside the box and his games always have a purpose and a little something extra. It has been an absolute joy to watch him grow over the past two years. We hope to hire him as Sensei when he is old enough. His future is BRIGHT, and we’re so proud to say he’s a Code Ninja in Lubbock, Texas!

The goal of Code Ninjas is to empower tomorrow’s innovators to thrive in a digital future through fun and immersive environments, and Michael certainly does the trick. He wants to continue his nascent career in video game development and someday create full-time games. He’s a member of Code Ninjas CREATE, a multi-year program where kids visit the center every week to work through a colorful belt system – from white belt to black belt – similar to a martial arts dojo. By the time Michael gets his black belt, he will have created his own game or proprietary app, with the ability to publish it on popular app stores. He’s also a member of Code Ninjas’ new First LEGO League (FLL) team, a nationally competitive robotics league.

“I’m pretty sure if I hadn’t been introduced to Code Ninjas, I probably wouldn’t even have entered the code,” said Michael. “It helped me learn more about code and decide that I probably want a career in it. “

Michael received a trophy, Code Ninjas award pack, and Oculus Quest virtual reality game system as part of the award.

At Code Ninjas, kids learn to code in a fun, safe, and social learning environment where play is celebrated and STEM is cool. Code Ninjas offers kids the chance to immerse themselves in fun, challenging and rewarding projects and activities that will engage them and bring out skills that will come in handy as they grow older. Everything in Code Ninjas is built around fun, which keeps kids coming back. The program is self-taught, but not self-taught; Children receive immediate help and encouragement from Code Sense is and other ninjas as they move from white belt to black belt, as part of the nine belt program that makes up Code Ninjas CREATE. Younger people can participate in Code Ninjas JR, and all ages can participate in summer camps instilling problem-solving and critical thinking skills in the leaders of tomorrow. To learn more about opportunities for children near you, visit

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