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Coding Lab (Coding for kids Aged 7-12) - Official Thread

Postby CodingLab » Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:24 am

Ever wondered how much kids enjoy coding and what they learn during our classes? Our young tech stars say their piece in this short clip below. Enjoy!

Want your child to have fun learning a new skill? Keep them occupied at our classes:

18-19 August 2016 (PSLE Oral Days) - Special 2 Full-Day camp with gourmet lunch catered from SPRUCE, special Tinker hour at our geek-jam corner, and convenient drop-off and pick-up hours (0380 - 1830), all packaged in at no extra charge! Suitable for Ages 8-11.

5-9 Sep 2016 (School Term Break) - 5 Day camps for Ages 7-9 or Ages 10-12.

http://codinglab.com.sg/our-classes/singapore-lower-primary/
http://codinglab.com.sg/our-classes/singapore-upper-primary/

Call +65 6528 2282 to find out more today!

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Learn Scratch and Tinker with the Latest Tech Gadgets

Postby CodingLab » Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:38 pm

Wondering how to keep your children occupied during the 2 days of PSLE oral school break? Let your child learn a new useful skill and let us keep him/her occupied with our full day 2-day special coding camp. This camp includes 10 hours of instruction from our highly-qualified tutors as well a tinker-hour where they will get to try out the latest toys in tech, first-hand. They will also be treated to a gourmet lunch and tea break at the nearby SPRUCE restaurant, all at no extra charge!

Join us at our special Full-day, 2 day camp for children (ages 8-11) who are completely new to programming / coding.

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Children will be using Scratch, a graphics-based computer coding language developed by Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT media labs.

At the end of the course, students will feel confident and recognize their potential to create, design and develop computational media which they enjoy in their daily lives.

Most importantly, this programme strengthens their logical and problem solving skills which are useful in many aspects of life, be it immediately in their studies (e.g. Mathematics Problem Sums, Science, etc) or in the future.

Sign up at: http://codinglab.com.sg/our-classes/sin ... y/#scratch

or Call 6528 2282 to find out more!

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Happy National Day!

Postby CodingLab » Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:18 am

Happy 51st Birthday, Singapore!

As we enter the month of August, we prepare to celebrate Singapore's 51st Birthday. Singapore has one of the highest digital penetration in the world, and our young continue to inspire us with their creative spirit.

Watch this National Day animation and game by 9-year-old Xavier Lim, one of our Beginner II students, who got inspired after he attended the National Day Parade preview last Saturday.



Watch other animations and testimonials from our students: http://codinglab.com.sg/about/testimonials/

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Introducing our Brand New Campus @ Bukit Timah

Postby CodingLab » Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:40 pm

Inspired by Silicon Valley, enjoy professional board-room style teaching in a rustic, cosy environment in full air-conditioned comfort. Our new dream campus is a tech oasis, nestled amidst the lush landscapes of Upper Bukit Timah Road.

Now your kids can experience the same high-quality teaching with our MIT-inspired curriculum and small class-sizes (Max 8) at our brand new campus.

At our Tinker corner, we scour the market for the latest and best-in-class tech toys to engage and excite your child. They will surely want to keep coming back for more!

Bonus: Parking is free ♥♥♥ + there's a Pokemon-Go Gym at the nearby Spruce @ Bukit Timah, Old Fire Station restaurant for Mummy and Daddy battlers!

Be the first to experience this geek-jam environment at our special 2-day Beginner I class: 18-19 August 2016 (PSLE Oral Days) - Special 2 Full-Day camp (Ages 8-11).

Lower Primary classes (Ages 7-9): http://codinglab.com.sg/our-classes/singapore-lower-primary/
Upper Primary Classes (Ages 10-12): http://codinglab.com.sg/our-classes/singapore-upper-primary/

Call +65 6528 2282 to find out more today!

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Coding is the New Literacy. We welcome you to our new geek-jam campus, set in the lush landscapes of Bukit Timah.

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Experience board-room style classes coupled with best-in-class teaching with our MIT-inspired curriculum. Set in a rustic, natural environment, with professional equipment provided, your child will experience a tech oasis in full air-conditioned comfort.

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Welcome to our Tinker Corner, where we constantly scour the market for the best selection of coding toys to excite kids and keep their passion alive!

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Imagine endless hours of fun and building with your aspiring young leader in technology.

We look forward to welcoming you and your child at our new campus!
http://www.codinglab.com.sg
http://www.facebook.com/codinglabasia

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5 Reasons why children should learn coding

Postby CodingLab » Sun Aug 21, 2016 5:01 pm

Wondering how learning to code at a young age can benefit your child? Read on to find out more on how this gives your child a head start in this increasingly digital world.

More on technology and education here: http://codinglab.com.sg/category/blog/

Like our Page for more updates! http://www.facebook.com/codinglabasia

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1. Rapid Growth in the Technology Sector
IT is one of the top five highest paying sectors in Singapore 2016. Topping the list of high paying jobs, technology-related careers increasingly command top dollar, thanks to the Government’s push in the infocomm sector. Singapore’s Prime Minister has called for more focus on technology as part of the Smart Nation initiative. During his trip to San Francisco last week, Prime Minister shared that strong engineering capabilities will be needed to drive Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative. [1].

With the Smart Nation Drive, Singapore will continue on its trajectory in going digital, sharing information that improves the quality of life (Eg. myTransport mobile app – making catching a bus a breeze, and passport renewal notifications). [2]

2. Technology is pervasive in almost every industry
Traditionally, digital technology has for many years been applied to imaging, design, education, manufacturing, supply chain and healthcare.

Today, apart from these industries, new uses for technology are sprouting, with FinTech (Financial Technology) being one of the hottest industries. (Eg. PayPal) [3]

According to McKinsey, even the traditional construction industry is ripe for a digital disruption, with technology touted as the way to reduce cost, and ensure timely completion on schedule given the increasing complexity of such projects. [4]

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Fig. 1: 5 digital trends that will shape construction and digital projects

3.Technology Literacy Makes Children Smarter
Research by Tufts University showed that young children who learned coding significantly improved their sequencing skills, which in turn is known to help with reading comprehension [5].

Similar to learning music, learning coding has now been proven to improve intelligence. Given that teaching Coding to children only started in the recent three years, we can expect more research in this area to come [6].

4.The right tools are now available to teach children coding
Commonly introduced only as a tertiary level subject for Engineering or IT undergraduates, the traditional programming curriculum was one with a very steep learning curve.

With the strong need to first understand the syntax (the grammar, punctuations and vocabulary) of the programming language, many an aspiring programmer has had sleepless nights debugging their code, only to realise that a simple error such as an extra bracket or a missing semi-colon would prevent the program from compiling.

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Fig. 2: Text-based programming Language

Today, things have changed dramatically with the introduction of drag-and-drop programming software such as #Scratch and #App Inventor. Scratch, which is suitable for children aged 8-12, is an excellent introductory programming software while App Inventor allows development of actual mobile apps.

Instead of being bogged down by the syntax, children can now start as young as 7 and now go straight to the more important aspect of coding – the computational thinking behind algorithm.

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Fig. 3: Block-based programming Language – Scratch

5.Get a head start at school
From 2017, 16-year-old students will be able to take programming as part of their O levels subjects. [7]

This follows the trend globally, where many countries have started to introduce Computer Science as a compulsory subject starting from Elementary School.

United Kingdom

In 2014, UK introduced compulsory computer science curriculum for children aged 5 to 16. Many parents are amazed by the tech vocabulary that their nursery-age kids are sprouting [8]. By the age of seven, all children will now be expected to be capable of writing and debugging a simple program. By 11, some will be exploring concepts once considered appropriate for undergraduate [9].

Japan

In Japan, computer programming will be a compulsory subject at primary school in 2020, with the aim of improving children’s ability to think logically and creatively[10].

Australia

In Sep 2015, Australia announced that Coding will soon replace History and Geography under their revamped national curriculum. Australian students will begin coding at age 10 and computer programming at age 12 [11].

[1]http://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/what-are-the-hot-jobs-in-singapore-in-2016-here-are-5-highest-paying-sectors?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&link_time=1462339435#xtor=CS1-10
[2]http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/smart-nation-report-card-lets-get-digital
[3]http://www.inc.com/magazine/201509/maria-aspan/2015-inc5000-fintech-finally-lifts-off.html
[4]http://www.mckinsey.com/industries/infrastructure/our-insights/imagining-constructions-digital-future
[5]http://ase.tufts.edu/DevTech/publications/aera%20handout%20sequencing.pdf
[6]http://www.editlib.org/p/39512/
[7]http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/19-schools-to-offer-programming-at-o-levels
[8]http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/parents-left-baffled-nursery-age-8449057
[9]https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/sep/04/coding-school-computing-children-programming
[10]http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002951918
[11]http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/australia-will-teach-primary-students-coding/
[12]https://www.theguardian.com/news/2015/dec/03/should-kids-learn-code

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Exams are Over! Beat the haze and learn some coding!~

Postby CodingLab » Sun Aug 28, 2016 9:13 am

Hi Parents,

Exams are over! *Phew* this is one weekend that kids are gonna love!

With the haze around us, it's probably better to stay indoors, stay hydrated and take precautionary measures :)

Would you like your kids to spend their Sept Holidays in a haze-free yet stimulating environment?

Come to our programming classes, specially designed for Lower and Upper Primary School students.

Experience the Coding Lab difference at our upcoming September Holiday Camps! Spaces are limited. No experience required!

Period: September 5 - September 9 (Mon - Fri)

Lower Primary classes (Ages 7-9):
Session 1: 9.00am - 11.00am
Session 2: 11.00am - 1.00pm
http://codinglab.com.sg/our-classes/singapore-lower-primary/

Upper Primary Classes (Ages 10-12):
Session 1: 2.00pm - 5.30 pm
http://codinglab.com.sg/our-classes/singapore-upper-primary/

Call +65 6528 2282 to find out more today!

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September Holiday Classes have started!~

Postby CodingLab » Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:57 pm

Hi parents,

How are the holidays for you so far? Our September classes have started and kids are having loads of fun!~

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Stay tuned for more updates. Want to come down for a trial? Call us at: +65 6528 2282 or email us at learntocode@codinglab.com.sg today!

More details at http://www.codinglab.com.sg

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Children's Day Coding Workshops!

Postby CodingLab » Sat Sep 10, 2016 12:55 pm

Children's Day is just round the corner!

Join us for our Coding Workshops (For Ages 4-12) and let your child have some fun!

Date: 7th October 2016, Friday

5 little Monkeys
930 - 1130 - Ages 4-6
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Get your preschoolers coding with our adaptation, inspired by the popular Nursery rhyme. Kids get to draw their own monkeys, and learn how to direct them with command blocks using Scratch Junior on the tablet, and record their own narration to go along. (Tablets are provided, so just come, and have a blast parents!)

Shoot the Cats!
1130 - 1330 - Ages 7-9
1430 - 1630 - Ages 10-12
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Who can get the highest score? Kids get to create their very own first-person shooter game and set their own rules for the game to let their friends play. They will learn how to command characters using programming blocks in Scratch, and add variables such as score in. As "game-masters", this workshop will provide them an insight into the life of a game developer. Laptops are provided, so do come and join us in our ultimate shoot-out!

Check us out: http://www.codinglab.com.sg / http://www.facebook.com/CodingLabAsia

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Coding Classes for Kids - October Schedule

Postby CodingLab » Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:22 pm

We are impressed by the immense creativity of our students during our September workshops! Many of them chose Pokemon-Go themes for their projects. Take a look at some of the beautiful hand-drawn illustrations as well as their code - ranging from 2-player games to AR. Looking forward to meeting them again for our next workshop as they continue their journey in coding.

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Kids having fun whilst coding - looking at each others' work!

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An almost-real Eevee

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Jigglypuff + Pokeball - Handdrawn

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How many pokemon can you recognise? Testing out the AR function as well!

For parents who missed our September Courses, check out our upcoming October courses here: http://www.codinglab.com.sg.

Suitable for Ages 4-12. Call +65 6528 2282 to find out more!

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Best Coding Classes for Kids (Ages 4 and up)

Postby CodingLab » Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:41 pm

:congrats: Coding Lab is featured in the latest round-up by Sassy Mama for Coding Schools for Kids in Singapore!

:smile: :smile: Find out why Coding Lab should be the coding school of your choice.

https://www.sassymamasg.com/learn-codin ... singapore/
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Check out our October Holiday Programs and special Children's Day Workshop on 7th October!

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Ages 7-9: http://www.codinglab.com.sg/our-classes ... r-primary/

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Ages 10-12: http://www.codinglab.com.sg/our-classes ... r-primary/

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