This year, we had the opportunity to coach Woodgrove Primary, who won the Most Feasible and Sustainable Award in the National Thinkers Challenge 2022 by Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan!

Out of 52 teams, the team placed in the top 3 teams, and clinched 1 out of the 5 awards presented. This competition aims to let students think of innovative tech solutions and this year’s theme was food wastage, and the students created a prototype mobile app incorporating Artificial Intelligence (AI).

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Here is the Woodgrove Primary Team during their Award Presentation!

Congratulations to the team who worked hard on their mobile app! They definitely deserved to be featured in 8world for their brilliant project. We are proud to be able to mentor these young talented coders and see the amazing work that they have created at the end of the journey. Thank you, Educator Edmund, for your brilliant coaching and mentorship of the team!


To boost Singapore’s Smart Nation capabilities, the inaugural National Thinkers Challenge (NTC) hopes to introduce to primary school pupils the concepts of design thinking, artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies. Organised by the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan, the competition this year drew 232 upper primary pupils from 37 schools.

Want to create your own apps? Explore the different possibilities that you can create with our App Inventor classes (ages 10-12)!

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Hop into the Year of the Rabbit with our compiled list of #techtivities, where you can enjoy time with your family, have fun and see the wonders that technology can bring! 🐇

Starting with February’s #TechFact, did you know that the chess A.I programme “Deep Blue” defeated world champion Garry Kasparov in a game in 1996? That marked the first time a chess computer had beaten a world champion! (Source)

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Now that we’re all warmed up, keep scrolling on to discover techtivities that you and your family can indulge in this month! ✨


Mattel PlayHouse

Experience a throwback to childhood and reminisce with your family at Mattel Playhouse! An all-new experiential pop-up playspace at Let’s Play @ Marina Square, it features 12 various activities for our young ones. Ranging from Hot Wheels, Thomas The Train to Barbie, there is definitely fun and exciting awaiting! 🤩

What tech is here? 🤔
🧑‍💻 Get on the iconic Hot Wheels orange track and control your virtual race car via the controls powered with Sensing Technologies! 🏎️
🧑‍💻 Join Thomas and friends on a train adventure using Augmented Reality! 🚂
🧑‍💻 Explore limitless possibilities with Barbie – gymnast? Pop star? Be whatever you want, with the help of Interactive Technologies! 🤸

 

Details:
When: until 6 April 2023
Where: Let’s Play @ Marina Square
Price: from $28
Learn more here.


Disney100: Experience Wonder at Jewel

Can you believe Disney has been around for a century already? 😮 Celebrate 100 years of Disney at Jewel, where you will see a plethora of everyone’s favourite Disney characters and be mesmerised by the sights and sounds! 🥳

What tech is here? 🤔
🧑‍💻 How can water transform into such beautiful sights? Meet your favourite Disney characters in the water with the help of Projection Technology (and even get the chance to meet them in person!) 😄
🧑‍💻 Immerse in nostalgia as you hear the classic Disney songs such as You’ve Got A Friend In Me and A Whole New World together with the special light show – this perfect combination made possible with carefully planned programming! 🎶

 

Details:
When: until 9 April 2023
Where: Jewel Changi Airport
Price: Free
Learn more here.


Future World: Where Art Meets Science (New exhibitions!)

Ever wanted to fly and experience life from above? Visit Future World: Where Art Meets Science at the ArtScience Museum, where there is a new section, Exploring New Frontiers. Featuring 3 new exhibitions, be amazed as you experience the wonder of flight! ✈️

What tech is here? 🤔
🧑‍💻 See how light and matter interact with you as they disperse, re-organise and change colour at Autonomous Abstraction, Continuous Phenomena from the Universe to the Self with the help of Sensing Technologies! 💡
🧑‍💻 Become part of a bird flock as you move on colourful bars. Navigate carefully though – whatever you do will affect others in your flock due to Sensing Technologies! 🕊️
🧑‍💻 Design and control your aeroplane, hawk or butterfly (or even the universe!) with the smart devices provided and see the world in a different light – all possible due to Augmented and Virtual Reality, as well as Touch Technologies! 🦋

 

Details:
When: Permanent
Where: ArtScience Museum Singapore
Price: from $16
Learn more here.


March Holiday Coding Camps

Be enchanted by the world of code and the endless possibilities it’ll bring you in our March Holiday Coding Camps for Ages 7 to 18! ✨ Become a coding wizard and create an original platformer game or a multi-functional mobile app, or discover your hidden talents as you design a Python project to help solve your math problems. Fun and excitement await at our coding camps! 🤩

Hesitate no more, grab a friend this March Holidays and join us here at Coding Lab! Code your own world and watch the magic unfold. 🪄 ( psst, we’ve warned you, you’ll be captivated by the world of code 😉) Sign up here or feel free to drop us an email, call us or WhatsApp us to get in touch. 😊

Details:
When: 13 to 17 March 2023
Where: Online, Parkway Parade, Bukit Timah (KAP Mall)
Price: From $401.52

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Looking for a phone charging station to charge your phone? 📱 Always feeling bored while waiting for buses? You can now charge your phones at the bus stop! But here’s the thing, you will have to work your muscles to get your phone charging! 💪

The newly introduced prototype, Recharge aims to encourage exercising by incentivizing users with phone charging benefits and attractive vouchers! This idea was from students of the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Learn more about the concept and the team behind Recharge here!


If you haven’t seen our previous techtivity recommendations, check out our January #TechtivitiesOfTheMonth, which includes more cool tech-related activities you can do with friends and family!

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Trying to get your work done efficiently but find yourself distracted? We’ve all been there, our attention diverted by social media and other websites instead of focusing on our task at hand.  But don’t worry, we have compiled a list of the 8 best browser extensions for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that are designed to help you focus and boost your productivity! 👍


Forest for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox

Screenshot of Forest extension
The Forest extension presents you the dilemma of killing your tree when you press “give up” to go onto a “distracting website”

Want to get motivated while doing work? Why not plant a virtual tree?

Forest” is an incredible extension for Google Chrome that allows users to customize certain websites to “blacklist” (restricted from viewing) or “whitelist” (allowed for work). While the “Forest” extension is active, a virtual tree starts growing as long as one is being productive and only doing work by using websites that are whitelisted. Visiting a “blacklisted” website will result in a black-screen popping up with the option to “give up”. If one chooses to give up, the tree that they have been growing will be killed. It’s an amazing way to visualize one’s productivity and to give a second thought before visiting distracting websites. However, the ability to do more with the trees and to get greater feedback is locked behind a premium feature that requires one to pay.

What we think:

“Forest” has a very engaging visual element that tugs at you to stay productive or risk seeing your hard work wither up like the tree when you press “give up”. We feel that the visual tree element from “Forest” does a great job in preventing you from visiting those pesky distracting websites!


SessionBuddy for Google Chrome/ Tab Session Manager for Mozilla Firefox

Screenshot of Session Buddy extension
Session Buddy’s interface with the tabs saved under Productive Websites

Ever found yourself opening up additional tabs to look for more information? Suddenly you have 10-20 tabs open and you can’t remember the specific tab you were looking for! Well, we have a solution for you!

SessionBuddy” helps you to organize all your tabs into one single list! This was a great help to me when researching topics as I had almost 30 tabs open and was able to simply look down the list to find the article I was looking for. Moreover, it incorporates the ability to organize tabs by topics! To illustrate, while you’re researching a topic, you may have tabs open from multiple different backgrounds. “SessionBuddy” allows you to sort these tabs by grouping them under a common tab! For example, you could have a tab that contains all your social media, a tab that contains all your work, and a tab that contains all other miscellaneous websites! An additional feature of this extension is that it gives you the ability to save the tabs that you’ve been using, even in case of a crash! This was a very useful tool that saved me so much time recovering all my tabs when my computer unexpectedly shut down.

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Tab Session Manager’s interface allowing you to save tabs within specific folders (Image taken from Firefox add-on store)

For the Mozilla Firefox Browser, check out Tab Session Manager!

Tab Session Manager offers the same features as SessionBuddy and even allows you to import SessionBuddy’s tabs into it, allowing for greater maneuverability between Firefox and Chrome!

What we think:

The ability to organize your tabs under a single topic with SessionBuddy and Tab Session Manager greatly improves your efficiency as it makes it easier to focus on a particular area before moving on.


StayFocusd for Google Chrome / LeechBlock NG (Next Generation) for Mozilla Firefox

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The StayFocusd extension on an “unproductive website” before blocking it for the rest of the day

Opened a link on your Whatsapp group and suddenly found yourself roaming through Youtube and Facebook? If only those pesky cute cat videos could wait until you got your work done! Well, introducing “StayFocusd”, a google chrome extension that is designed to solve that issue for you!

StayFocusd, is an easy-to-install website blocker that allows you to spend a certain duration on a website, before blocking it for the rest of the day! The best part of this extension is that it’s highly customizable! You can select specific features to block from certain websites. I found my productivity sky-rocketing after blocking all video content from Facebook that were too effective in distracting me from my work.

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The LeechBlock extension giving you the ability to lockdown a website for a specified time

For the Mozilla Firefox browser, consider “LeechBlock NG”! “LeechBlock NG (Next Generation)” allows you to set custom limits on how much time you can spend on a website, limiting it to a certain amount, be it an hour or even 30 minutes a day, or even set custom blocks, such as 7-9pm a day!

What we think:

“Stayfocusd” gives you more control over “LeechBlock”, giving you the ability to block off specific features of the website, while “Leechblock” only allows you to block the entire website.


Productive cycles for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox

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Productive cycle’s simple but highly configurable interface

Have you heard of the Pomodoro technique?  Developed to increase productivity, it is a technique that uses a timer to break your work into intervals with short breaks in between.

Productive cycles” uses this Pomodoro technique, based on 25-minute stretches of focused work broken by 3-to-5 minute breaks and 15-to-30 minute breaks following the completion of four work periods. The extension automatically reminds you when to take breaks and when to continue on your work

What we think:

Having the ability to customize your break lengths and the number of cycles in between definitely makes this worthwhile to experiment and find out the setting works for you the best!


Just Read for Google ChromeYouTube™ Productivity Mode for Mozilla FireFox

Screenshot of Just Read extension
Above: Before using the Just Read extension.  Below: After using the Just Read extension to remove all distracting elements!

Ever needed to visit a website but find yourself worried about getting distracted by the elements on the pages? All you want to do is check out the latest news, but you’re completely bombarded with ads and videos. We found a solution! Check out the “Just Read” extension for Google Chrome!

“Just Read” is a great extension for limiting the amount of distracting visuals there are on a webpage. “Just Read” simplifies the article for you so that all you see is the text of the article!  The premium version of this extension gives you the opportunity to go further, where you can highlight and annotate pages or even save the “Just Read” version of the articles! No more getting distracted by unrelated media that lead you down a long road of unrelated and non-productive content!

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The Youtube productivity mode extension blurring out thumbnails

For the Mozilla Firefox browser, look out for the “YouTube™ Productivity Mode” extension! 

The YouTube™ Productivity Mode extension exists with the goal to reduce visual triggers on the screen. By switching to “Productivity Mode”, it automatically blurs thumbnails on Youtube that are designed to grab your attention and distract you from work. With this extension, you would be less tempted to click on unrelated videos and instead, stay focused on your work!

What we think:

“Just Read” does an incredible job in abstracting the text to remove all distracting visuals across a wide range of websites. It’s a fantastic way to focus only on the task at hand. While the “YouTube™ Productivity Mode” does what it claims to do very well, “Just Read”’s potential and applicability across a wider range of platforms gives it the edge over the “YouTube™ Productivity Mode”.


RescueTime for Google Chrome / Toggl Track: Productivity & Time Tracker for Mozilla Firefox

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RescueTime’s interface displaying how productive you’ve been today

Can’t seem to understand where your time keeps disappearing to? Why not let your browser tell you?

“RescueTime” is an intuitive extension for Google Chrome that keeps track of the active time you’ve spent online and on different websites. It then presents you with a round-up to help you visualize the time you’ve spent on these different websites, which you can choose to categorize under “productive websites” or “non-productive” websites. At the end of the day or week too, you’re given a score that calculates whether you’ve been productive in the day/week or not!

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Toggl Track Producitvity & Time Tracker extension’s interface displaying the numerous features offered

For the Mozilla Firefox browser, consider “Toggl Track: Productivity & Time Tracker”!

“Toggl Track” works similarly to “RescueTime” with a stopwatch inbuilt to help you track the time you spend on your projects online, to capture how productive you’ve been! “Toggle Track” is integrated with over a hundred different apps to allow for more convenient tracking. The premium version for this extension also offers much more services such as reports and insights to visually represent the data.

What we think:

These two options may be preferable to those who may not want to completely block off access to certain websites and would like a bit more control. While both extensions offer much more services in their premium plan, we feel that Toggl’s free plan is superior to Rescue Time’s free plan, with more features such as idle detection and so on. It also has a much more pleasant looking interface.

We recommend “Toggl Track” for their interface and better free plan.


Todoist for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox

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The Todoist interface on your browser

Do you have many tasks and things to complete online? Looking for an easy way to organize and see it with a single click?

Check out “Todoist”, an extension that saves any website you want as a task to complete in your extension tray! The extension personalises settings for depending on whether you are using it work “Work” , “Education” or “Personal”. Set a date and a description and you’re one single click away from your workflow at all times. You can manually input tasks that you have to do as well and prioritize the more important ones by labeling them with colors!

What we think:

Having an easy-to-access task list built-in, made tracking your tasks much easier. However, we were disappointed that the ability to set a reminder was behind a premium paid service as we found ourselves worrying that we could easily forget to check it and hence miss a deadline.


Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox

Tired of squinting over your text and wishing someone could just read it out for you? Check this extension out!

Getting started with the Read Aloud browser extension

“Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader” is an extension that uses text to speech technology to read out the current webpage. It increases productivity by giving you an extra dimension to tackle your work by having the extension read out information highlighted to it for any intended purpose.  For example, you could let it read out your presentation and listen for any mistakes rather than rely on spotting any mistakes in text format.

What we think:

We personally enjoyed this extension as it was very useful to have the computer read out certain bits of information while we were cross-referencing it against another source. Having it read out aloud also helped to internalize information much faster and was definitely a great addition.

BONUS!

Check out these other browsers such as Vivaldi! Vivaldi contains certain features like SessionBuddy built into its browser itself that allow you to stack tabs under a common topic! It also has great features such as the ability to view two different tabs on the screen at the same time, so you don’t have to keep swapping between tabs! With a variety of customizable options too, Vivaldi is a great option to improve your productivity if you’re looking for a new browser to check out.

We hope that this list helps you in your work or studies! Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comment section below. 👇


(Written by Lech, edited by Thinzar)

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One of our most beloved educators, Stephanie Swee charms her class with her unique personality and background in Cyber Security!

A board game aficionado with past work experience in the IT industry, she aspires to bring the same level of enthusiasm to her classroom and pass on her passion for coding to her students. Travel with us through her journey into becoming a Coding Lab Educator! 😄

Hi Stephanie! It’s great to meet you, can you introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi everyone! I’m currently a full-time educator at Coding Lab and my passion is teaching and helping others. When I’m not teaching, I spend my time with my family, reading books and playing board games. I’m an avid board gamer. After my Saturday class, it’s usually time for my board games night with my friends. I really love playing logic and deduction games!

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Our always cheery educator, Stephanie!

How did you get started with coding?

As a kid, coding was not something popular in school. I never knew much about coding until I was 16, when I first took my information technology diploma. It was then where I picked up coding. It never crossed my mind that one day coding would be a part of my life, until I entered the workforce and realized that there were a lot of repetitive tasks to be done, that could be automated by putting my coding skills to good use. My inspiration to code is really to save the time on these tasks and spend more time on other tasks.

I see! What was your inspiration for taking up a diploma in the field of technology?

My inspiration stemmed from an encounter with my lecturer during my Polytechnic days who shared with me her previous work experience in Cybersecurity which got me intrigued. Hence, I decided to pursue a specialisation in information security. I remember in one of my classes, my lecturer actually set up a scene similar to that seen in Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) for us to get into the mood and everything. It was the most fun and memorable class that I had ever attended. The exposure and experience that I gained then really piqued my interest in pursuing a career in the Cybersecurity industry as a Forensic Analyst.

That’s interesting! How was the start of your coding journey?

It was tough at first. During my time, I think the resources were not as extensive as now. I remember how my best companions at that time were always the documentations and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), which allowed different platforms to interact with each other. I had to be independent and learn to figure out everything by myself and search for information on my own.

Times certainly have changed. Can you elaborate more on that and also tell us what your experience in Cybersecurity has taught you about coding?

I think pursing a technology related degree and diploma at a time where it was not popular, gave me this serendipity that really changed my life goals. Nowadays, I feel that coding is becoming more popular at a young age and the mindset of people pursuing technology for higher education has changed greatly. There are so many programming languages available. Moreover, learning coding has also been made more simplified and fun for everyone to pick up, and the resources online are so extensive that it’s easier to find solutions.

I’m glad that I took this route as I feel that coding will always be the most useful and in-demand skill that I can provide through teaching.

That’s great to hear. When did you decide to become an educator?

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Stephanie is always ready to lend her students a hand!

I have always liked to share my knowledge with others and the other half of my life has also revolved around teaching. During my school vacation, I was doing relief teaching in a preschool. After I graduated, I did relief teaching at an MOE based school for about 4 months and afterwards, I volunteered at a non-profit organisation to give free English reading classes to underprivileged kids for about 2 years while i was working. To be honest, teaching was my retirement plan but I have decided to “retire” earlier instead since I already had plans to do this, why not now as I really do love to interact with people more than computers!

What is your main source of motivation for teaching?

Personally I love kids and being with them sometimes has taught me to always live in the moment. I love to see the smiles on their faces when they have fun. I also find myself learning a lot from them as well. Being able to share my knowledge with everyone and seeing the students learn new concepts really gives me satisfaction.

“The students are really heart-warming and sweet. They really make me look forward to going to classes.”

Tell us more about your experience here in Coding Lab!

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Stephanie’s student proudly showcasing his work to her!

The learning environment at Coding Lab is very conducive and everyone is really nice and passionate about teaching. I think they ignite the drive in me to be a better educator every day. Seeing the students be able to make a project on their own really makes me go the extra mile to do something different for them. I think the most satisfying moment that I had was my first App Inventor class. Seeing the students start out with no background but remain so invested in developing the application made me feel good knowing that they enjoy coding!

How do you conduct your classes here?

I would try to project my voice to gain their attention. I give them plenty of encouragement and I would also share interesting stories with them. Patience and having an attitude to constantly learn really helps me a lot. I always share with my students that I also learn alongside with them and I’m not afraid of letting them know that. Even if I make mistakes, I would correct it and find solutions for it. 

Why do you think it’s important to teach coding to the next generation?

Learning the syntax is easy. The logical thinking behind the program is the most challenging part of coding. Behind a good program is a good coder who implements the brains. The most beneficial part of coding is definitely the process of conditioning the brain for logical thinking. Logical thinking can be applied everywhere, not just in coding. For example, we can look at cooking! The recipes are all steps that are well thought out so that the cook can whip out the dishes easily and likewise, coding follows a similar path!

“Even if one day my students decided to pursue other interests, this logical thinking would be the best gift for them in their life.”

Do you have any advice for others who may be looking to transition into being an Educator?

Besides having passion for teaching, having a nurturing attitude and creativity is important.

Thank you for your time, Stephanie! We hope that you continue to learn from your students as they excel under you. We appreciate your enthusiasm for your classes!


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The end of holidays does not mean the end of having fun. Combine fun and learning about technology through our techtivities, where we can enjoy a day out with our family and get to see amazing technology in action! 

Starting off with a #TechFact for 2023, did you know that Wikipedia was launched 22 years ago on the 15th of January, becoming the “largest and most-read reference work in history”? As of 2022, they are still in the top 5 most popular websites in the world, and they have information available in 329 languages with contributions from users all over the world! (Source)

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Now that we’re all set, keep scrolling on to discover techtivities that you and your family can indulge in this month! ✨


Light to Night Festival

Up for a unique art experience? Engage all your senses and interact with art in playful and innovative ways at the Light to Night Festival! From exciting self-guided tours, gamified tours, interactive installations, to a relaxing chill-out zone and activities with prizes to be won, there is sure to be something fun for everyone in the family. Make sure to register early!

What tech is here?
‍‍ – Participate in a tour without a guide with the help of Augmented Reality (AR)!
‍‍ – Immerse yourself in light and sound at the “Ephermeral” installation as these bubble-tectures, choreographed to a reactive soundscape using sensing technologies, produce a magical sight at night.
‍‍ – Featuring three carefully programmed projection works, “Art Skins on Monuments” is the biggest façade light show in Singapore and will showcase the beauty of our architecture through façade lighting technology! ️️

Details:
When: 6 to 26 January 2023
Where: Civic District Singapore
Price: Free
Learn more here.


Avatar: The Experience

Caught the new Avatar: The Way of Water movie and left wanting more? Step into the mysterious world of Avatar and immerse yourself further in their alien universe at Avatar – The Experience at Gardens by the Bay. Take your immersion to the next level by interacting back and forth with life-sized animatronic characters and the Pandora world, and even transforming into an avatar yourself!

What tech is here?
‍ – See AR in action by “avatar-ising” yourself at the interactive booths
‍‍ – Take control and fly a banshee at the stations available, just like how you would a robot!
‍‍ – Become part of Avatar with characters reacting real-time to the environment and an interactive multimedia installation for you to interact with the world with the help of Sensing and Interactive technologies!

 

Details:
When: until 31 March 2023
Where: Gardens by the Bay
Price: from $27
Learn more here.


Mega Carnival @ Downtown East

Calling all fun-lovers out there to the Mega Carnival, where there are over 20 unlimited games and rides, all for a single price! Packed with exciting attractions such as VR games, photobooths, arcade games, and carnival rides, and spots to relax with snacks from the food truck, this is the perfect place for the whole family.

What tech is here?
‍ – Enter 4 new worlds and stimulate your senses with games powered by Virtual Reality (VR)!
‍ – Diving into a ball pit is always fun for our little ones, and what better than an interactive dinosaur game right there in the ball pit, with the help of Interactive Technologies?
‍‍ – Watch dinosaurs come to live with Animatronics and control your own robot at the Robot Navigator carnival game! 

 

Details:
When: until 5 February 2023
Where: D’Marquee at Downtown East
Price: from $28
Learn more here.


2023 Weekly Coding Classes

Get a headstart this new year with our coding classes! With an MIT-inspired, award-winning curriculum specially curated for ages 5 to 18, there are classes for both beginners and the initiated.

Immense possibilities await! Learn basic computational thinking and coding concepts in our Scratch, App Inventor and Python introductory classes, and discover just how much you can create with just a good foundation. Advance further to learn more about the world around us, and find out how popular programs work, whether it be Quiz programs, games like Geometry Dash, or web applications! 

With both physical and online options, there’s definitely a class suitable for everyone! Sign up here or feel free to drop us an email, call us or WhatsApp us to get in touch.

Details:
When: from 3 January 2023
Where: Online, Parkway Parade, Bukit Timah (KAP Mall)
Price: From $401.52

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In an effort to promote digital literacy, DBS Foundation and the government will contribute a total of S$1 million dollars to fund the national Digital for Life (DFL) movement.

The funding is expected to benefit nearly 100,000 Singaporeans over the next two years. Read more on the efforts of the DFL movement here!


If you haven’t seen our previous techtivity recommendations, check out our December #TechtivitiesOfTheMonth, which includes more cool tech-related activities you can do with friends and family!

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Social media has become an intimate way for many of us to connect with relatives and old friends when we share pictures of our families and celebrations for the various events in our lives. However, that also means everyone else is watching.

It is estimated that by 2030 parents’ over-sharing of personal information about their kids on social media could cost almost £670m in online fraud”. How can this happen? We must first understand our “digital footprint”.

“Digital footprint”: The traceable and permanent trail of data made up of all of your online activity

For example, some parents may accidentally expose the location of their children through the geo-tagging function on Facebook or by “checking in” at these places and then sharing it online.

Malicious actors may take advantage of the content we post online unassumingly to build up a profile of our identity, which can then be used for nefarious purposes. Even though if profiles are private, “parents often find a false sense of security by being able to curate who sees this information, such as friends and family, but do not realize that a majority of kidnappings and violent crimes against minors are committed by acquaintances and relatives“. (Source)

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What we post and share also has implications for the future, and we need to be cautious of what we post, especially young teenagers. Companies and universities will conduct online research on applicants and can rescind acceptance offers if found to have done offensive things on social media, such as sexually explicit and racially offensive memes. (Source)

Once something is posted online, it is extremely difficult to remove it from the Internet, and hence every post should be treated with caution before being posted online. How can we do this? Take a look below and some of these measures that we have compiled below for you!

Communication

Many young teenagers may be unaware of how far the information they post online can travel and it is important for them to understand this.

Have an open conversation with them about the dangers of over-sharing and going through the social media platforms they use together with them to understand what they are exposed to and the potential threats they may encounter! Consider visiting each other’s social media profiles to see how much information someone could extract from you if they had the ill intentions to do so. By clearly illustrating these dangers, it would set an example for them to police their own posts online.

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Privacy Controls

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Take charge of your digital footprint by enabling privacy controls! Many social media platforms have privacy controls to reduce the amount of information that is exposed to those outside of our immediate social circles.

Ensure that your profile is set to private and that the photos and other media you post online can only be seen by those you’ve added or followed back. Go through your friend list or followers and ensure that you know and trust all who have access to your profile.

Avoid Oversharing

Be careful not to share too much information online!

As explained above, tagging your location online may allow someone to identify where you or your children may be at specific times which could lead to stalking or even kidnapping. Constantly sharing photos of you or your children online could allow malicious actors to piece together information such as their school, their recreational activities outdoors, or other bits of sensitive information that we may absent-mindedly share. By restricting the number of photos we share and removing location-specific tags from them, we can make it much harder for someone to be able to track our children’s whereabouts.

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Use false data / abbreviations

Some parents may maintain a digital profile for their young kids and many young teenagers already have their own social media profiles.

A good way to obscure our digital footprint would be to avoid using our full names or to use abbreviations for our social media profiles. Even slightly changing the date of birth on social media would make it much harder for someone to verify their real identity and hence protect them from predatory actors. Only give the name of your account to people you know in real life and trust.

Think before sharing

Pay close attention to what you post online!

It is important to consider thinking about how our posts may seem to outsiders. Some posts that are meant to be private or “inside jokes” between friends may in fact be offensive to an outsider and could have wide-reaching consequences.

These posts could be dug up in the future long after we’ve forgotten about them and as such, we should consider at the moment how these posts would affect us if the world were to view it.

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So there you have it! We hope that these measures are effective in helping you control your digital footprint and educating your children on how what they post online can have far-reaching consequences. Information posted online can be very difficult to remove and we are often unaware of malicious actors close to us who may be collecting them for ill-intended purposes. Posts intended for friends and families can also spread far and wide and unintentionally cause harm to a wide group of people.

By understanding these consequences, we can exercise better responsibility on the content we share and make the internet a better and safer place to navigate for everyone!


(Written by Lech, edited by Thinzar)

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Meet Jun Min, our avid coder and Secondary One student currently studying in his dream school, NUS High School of Math and Science, which he entered through Direct School Admission (DSA). As one of Coding Lab’s earlier students (he started when he was barely 7 years old), we catch up with him since his previous blog feature.

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Jun Min, now a student at NUS High, has a love for coding and drawing. Putting the two together, he is excited by the possibility of becoming an app and game developer!

You may also recognise him when he won 2nd Place in our International Coding Showcase 2020 Ages 10-12 (Scratch) category and 3rd Place in our Young Coders’ Global Hackathon 2020 in the Junior Category (Ages 7-12). Let’s hear from Jun Min about his DSA experience and coding journey thus far!

Hi Jun Min, Congratulations on entering NUS High School of Math and Science through DSA! How do you feel about your achievement?

I feel very happy and fortunate to enter NUS High! I decided to put NUS High as my first choice because of my passion in STEM, along with its other merits. The DSA process was quite an important and humbling learning experience. Through the different stages, I persevered and thankfully succeeded in the end!

“Coding has influenced my life a lot. I realised that there is the possibility for me to pursue a career in app and game designing, which will become very important in the future because of the advancement of technology.

I’m sure your coding journey has come a long way since our interview back in 2018! What were the difficulties you faced along the way and how did you overcome them?

Back in the days, I faced quite a few challenges when coding with Python because I was not used to the new programming language. I initially struggled to keep up, but I decided to practise more and finally completed the course!

To further strengthen my coding abilities, I definitely want to join more competitions in future. I hope these will strengthen my coding abilities by providing friendly competition, which will encourage me to practise and try out new things. 

Catch 11-year-old Jun Min’s Technology Clicker Scratch project that he submitted for the International Coding Showcase (SG-JP) 2020.

“Coding is a very important life skill to have, given that technology continues to be very crucial in our lives.  Learning to code is the start to helping children become digitally savvy and not get left behind.”

How has coding impacted your life?

Well, coding has influenced my life a lot. I realised that there is the possibility for me to pursue a career in app and game designing, which will become very important in the future because of the advancement of technology. It is also one of my favourite pastimes when I need to de-stress!

In your previous student feature, you shared with us your hobbies and a photo of you and your awesome birthday cake! What have you been up to since then? Do you have any updates?

Since the last interview, I have been learning all about new programming languages and new functions. Recently, I have been trying to create and code modifications to one of my favourite games, Kerbal Space Program. I still enjoy coding, creating and designing games, cycling, swimming and drawing – my hobbies haven’t really changed, but have advanced slightly such as going on very long cycling trips. I am also still passionate about Mathematics!

Image of Jun Min with his favourite characters on a cake

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Nowadays, I would be happy with a plain cake! But if there were decorations, I would want it to have features of Kerbal Space Program or Minecraft (which my mom has made in previous years). 

What is your current favourite coding project?

My favourite project is still the ‘Fight Covid-19’ project for the YCGH! This is because it is quite fun and unique, and yet features realistic simulations of the pandemic, when the pandemic was still in its early phases. The project combined my two passions – coding and mathematics. It was a meaningful project as well!

Watch Jun Min’s favourite coding project Fight COVID-19 that he presented for the Young Coders’ Global Hackathon 2020.

Why do you think learning how to code is so important?

I feel that coding is a very important life skill to have, given that technology continues to be very crucial in our lives. Learning to code is the start to helping children become digitally savvy and not get left behind. Coding is also a way to contribute to society by coding useful or entertaining apps and games, which may shape the world we live in.

Finally, do you have any advice for young people like you who want to start or are learning to code?

Coding may seem difficult at first, but once you get the hang of the basics and if you are interested in it, it will be extremely fun and rewarding. 


Thank you for sharing your programming journey with us, Jun Min! 😃 We are so proud to see you grow from the curious and determined young 7-year-old Scratch student – that we invited to our Gifted Coders class – to becoming a coding pro, and now getting into your dream school at NUS High School of Math and Science! We hope that Jun Min’s story inspires many other young coders to take the step to learn to code, explore the vast world of possibilities, and to harness the skill to contribute to society and shape our world! 🌏

Wang Jun Min has been attending classes at Coding Lab since 2016 – from Scratch 1 when he was Primary 1, joining our Gifted Coders class and advancing through our curriculum. Jun Min, who turns 13 this year, won 2nd Place in our International Coding Showcase 2020 Ages 10-12 (Scratch) category and 3rd Place in our Young Coders’ Global Hackathon 2020 in the Junior Category (Ages 7-12).

Our #CodingLabStudents series features our ambitious students and their ongoing coding journeys – be it the budding coder or advanced Python Pro, we appreciate each and every single one’s efforts as they progress to greater heights. 🌱

Coding Lab offers an award-winning curriculum specially for ages 5 to 18 – check out our courses to begin your own coding journey today!

Read Next: Coding Lab Student Feature: Jun Min, 8, Henry Park Primary School

Read Next: Young Coders Global Hackathon 2020 Summed Up: Junior Category

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School holidays are in full swing, and we are all no doubt thinking about how to best enjoy our time before the next year begins. This is where techtivities come in – activities where you can learn more about the immense possibilities of technology, while having fun at the same time! 

For December’s #TechFact, did you know that 40 years ago, the computer was named the “Man of the Year” by TIME Magazine? This is the first time the editors of the magazine selected a non-human recipient for the award. It speaks of the large impact computers had in the world 40 years ago, and clearly still persisting till today!  (Source)

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Now that we’re all warmed up, keep scrolling on to discover techtivities that you and your family can indulge in this month! ✨


Untame: Spaces to Places

With a pandemic comes hybrid classes and meetings, but have you ever heard of a hybrid festival? 😲

Untame: Spaces to Places is an annual, immersive, blended festival designed to spotlight the power of STEM. This hybrid festival allows for a unique, multi-dimensional experience including STEM-themed quests, online missions, sensory shows, games, DIY kits, activity trails and after-dark fiesta. Watch as the Science Centre becomes transformed into METANU, an immersive game world where you get to be avatars and complete online-to-offline missions and get back to reality! There are also LOCI kits with DIY STEM activities where you get to code and build a light right that ring that changes colour when a drone is flown across, build and code an electronic, instruction-responsive pet, and others. 

With so many various activities, Untame is the perfect place suitable for anyone in the family!

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Details:
When: until 11 December 2022
Where: Science Centre Singapore
Price: Free (online), or from $15.90 onwards (depending on activity)
Learn more here.


Changi Festive Village

Up for celebrating the festive times with activities suitable for the entire family? Changi Festive Village is back with fun-filled activities ranging from various exhibitions at Jewel, to an underground festival at Terminal 3! 

In true holiday fashion, Jewel has been transformed into a winter wonderland complete with snowfall at selected times. Watch the HSBC Rain Vortex come to life with a stunning light and sound show featuring characters from Avatar. Play with adorable seals, manta rays and dolphins at the interactive screens in Canopy Park and trigger lively responses from them using your body through jumps, waves, and stretches – with the help of motion sensors! Peer down and check out how your footprints leave glowing blue bioluminescent waves on the interactive floor screen at the Petal Garden. So many interesting activities and beautiful sights and photo-spots await you at Changi Festive Village!

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Details:
When: until 2 Jan 2023
Where: Airport Boulevard
Price: Free (with exception of some areas)
Learn more here.


Seeing the Invisible

An exhibition without any installations? 🤔 This is only possible with the help of Augmented Reality (AR)! 

Seeing the Invisible is an AR exhibition, addressing themes about nature, the environment and sustainability. With 12 AR installations, artists are able to go beyond what physical installations are capable of and allow the interplay of the physical and virtual worlds. All you need to do is to come equipped with the Seeing the Invisible app installed on the phone. View an invisible tapestry moving with the wind, discover a hidden gateway and be transported to a parallel universe, and many more! Visit this exhibition at Gardens by the Bay for an outdoor adventure that you and your family will never forget. 🤩

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Details:
When: from 12 October 2022
Where: Gardens by the Bay
Price: Free
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Christmas Wonderland

What better way to immerse yourself in this merry season than at Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay, where you will get to experience winter to the fullest – from snow, festive food and carnival, beautiful lights and sounds all in one? 🎄

With 6 different zones featuring various activities, watch the kinetic light display of the Whimsical Windmill move to form various patterns as they get controlled by the remote! The Walk of Lights tunnel is a must-go with 50,000 programmable LED lights illuminating a variety of colours in a multitude of patterns accompanied by sounds. Something that will intrigue everyone is the Garden Rhapsody Light and Sound Show, where the magical Supertree lights are programmed to dance to festive tunes. A one-stop-all festive spot, it is sure to be a hit for everyone in the family! 😄

Details:
When: 2 December 2022 to 1 January 2023
Where: Gardens by the Bay
Price: from $6
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End of Year Holiday Coding Camps

Still looking for something enriching and fun for your child to do this holidays? Look no further and lock in your plans with us here at Coding Lab! For Ages 5 to 18, dive into the world of code and discover the amazing projects your child will be able to create this holidays! 

With our award-winning and well-loved curriculum, your child will be able to pick up a new skill as well as have fun in class, exploring and creating projects unique to them! Carefully curated to fit each age group, Coding Lab’s curriculum ensures that all students will be able to follow along and at the same time, have fun in class with their friends. 🤗 

With classes for both beginners and the initiated, as well as having both physical and online options available, there’s definitely something for everyone! Sign up here or feel free to drop us an email, call us or WhatsApp us to get in touch.😊

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Details:
When: 21 November to 30 December 2022
Where: Online, Parkway Parade, Bukit Timah (KAP Mall)
Price: From $401.52

Sign up for your Coding Lab class now!


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From developing key hardware for the quantum computer 🖥️ to working towards more efficient Artificial Intelligence 🤖, these world-class researchers aged 35 years and below are breaking new ground and bringing pride to our little red dot! 🇸🇬  

Read more about the achievements of last year’s Young Scientist Award recipients here. Who do you think will be this year’s recipients? 🏆


If you haven’t seen our previous techtivity recommendations, check out our November #TechtivitiesOfTheMonth, which includes more cool tech-related activities you can do with friends and family!

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Coding Lab’s annual International Coding Showcase (ICS) is a collaboration with Coding Lab Japan to showcase our brilliant (and brave!) students ages 7 to 18 and their very own projects – whether it’s Scratch, App Inventor or Python – and share them with the world. ICS 2021 saw Coding Lab students not only from Singapore and Japan, but also from other countries such as Germany, Indonesia and the United States!

With coding foundation and knowledge from our MIT-inspired coding classes, our students put in their blood, sweat and tears and used their ingenuity and creativity to create videos and projects that wowed the panel of judges. Today, we bring to you an exclusive blog feature of some of our top Distinction winners from ICS 2021. They clinched the top award and were featured on our Coding Lab YouTube channel – which reached thousands of viewers all over the world.

Learn all about their coding journey and watch their amazing project submissions!


Teo Han Xiang Jairus

9 years old, Singapore

Distinction and People’s Choice Award, Scratch (Ages 7-9)

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Hobbies: Coding! I code during my free time. Besides that, I love food!

How did you start coding? I joined a Scratch holiday coding camp at Coding Lab and I found that I liked it very much!

Why did you join ICS 2021? I wanted use my creativity and my imagination. Through my experience, I learnt that winning is not important as long as I tried my best and have fun in the process.

Future coding aspirations: I want to make a famous gaming app that people love to play!


Xu Ruiheng Jacob

10 years old, Singapore

Distinction and Judges’ Choice (Most Promising Coder and Social Impact), App Inventor and Python (Ages 10-12)

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Hobbies: I like to swim, read books, make art and craft projects out of things I can find around the house. I’ve made stuff like ice-cream stick catapults, Minecraft paper figurines and analogue board games. I also love playing Minecraft and Forge of Empires. I also enjoy playing on Scratch with my classmates.

How did you start coding? I think I was six years old when my mum sent me for a coding workshop. I asked her to let me continue because I found Scratch very fun and easy to use because I could build programmes like how I build English sentences and Lego. I could also play games made by others.

Why did you join ICS 2021? I wanted to give it a try because I like Chemistry and wanted to see what I could do with both Chemistry and coding during the December holidays. I was even coding my periodic table program while waiting for my mum to finish her perm at the hair salon! I felt that even if I didn’t win, at least I gave it a try.

I learned the importance of planning a project so that the final product can be what I imagined it to be. Through this, I learned that no matter how challenging a task may seem, we will be able to do it once we break the hard stuff down into smaller pieces and solve them piece by piece.

Future coding aspirations: I would like to learn how to make online games and learn to improve my user interface to make my games more user-friendly. When I grow up, I would like to do something related to Mathematics or Science, and hopefully coding can help me to solve tough problems in those areas!


Theodore Lee Cheng Jie

9 years old, Singapore

Distinction and Judges’ Choice (Most Promising Coder and Most Innovative), Scratch (Ages 7-9) and Python Electives (Ages 13-18)

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Hobbies: My hobbies are playing the piano, coding, badminton, golfing, playing chess and playing with my Rubik’s cube. During my free time, I will play chess online and try to improve my programming projects.

How did you start coding? It was by chance when my parents and I came across a coding school while window shopping. It looked interesting at first sight and my parents supported me. I started coding using WeDo, EV3, Scratch, and eventually Python.

Why did you join ICS 2021? My father shared with me about the competition. Initially, I was thinking of submitting my Scratch simulation project which I started during my free time. However, my dad encouraged me to challenge myself to re-create the simulation project using Python. I took up the challenge and I am happy that it turned out well!

I learned about resilience and never giving up when facing difficulties. There are also solutions to every problem, and failure is the only outcome if you give up.

Future coding aspirations: I want to be a doctor when I grow up. I hope to combine my programming knowledge and my medical knowledge to build and program a futuristic “nano-robot” that can be injected into the patient’s bloodstream to cure cancer and other serious illnesses in the future.

Read: Theodore was featured on Lianhe Zaobao with Coding Lab in Coding as a New Literacy in the Digital Age


Ankit Maharana

11 years old, Singapore

Distinction and Judges’ Choice (Best Presentation), App Inventor and Python (Ages 13-18)

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Hobbies: I like reading books and coding.

How did you start coding? I found my interest in learning to code.

Why did you join ICS 2021? I wanted to improve my coding skills. I learnt to not give up and to debug and fix problems.

Future coding aspirations: I want to make an app from my existing code!


Kyran Tan

11 years old, Singapore

Distinction, Python Electives (Ages 13-18)

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Hobbies: I like to play Roblox and read books related to it. I sometimes create my own Roblox games too.

How did you start coding? I first started coding when my mother introduced me to Scratch Jr. I found it interesting as I could create simple games and animations. I started to code more frequently, learning more and more things along the way.

Why did you join ICS 2021? I joined ICS 2021 to challenge myself and to get myself out of my comfort zone. I think it was a precious opportunity to learn about more things related to coding. I have learnt to debug more effectively through my Wallety project.

Future coding aspirations: I plan to create a simple version of a messaging app like Discord or WhatsApp that will allow users to chat with full functionality without having to purchase any additional features.

My future occupation will definitely be related to coding. I hope to be a software application developer, where I can create, test and upgrade apps for others to use.

Read: Kyran Tan’s feature after clinching 1st Place in the Python (Ages 10-12) Category in the previous International Coding Showcase 2020

Read and Watch: Coding Lab Student Feature on Kyran Tan, 12


Jirapas Wongtreenatrkoon

15 years old, Singapore

Distinction and People’s Choice Award, App Inventor and Python Electives (Ages 13-18)

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Hobbies: I really like language subjects like English and Chinese a lot. Language subjects are all about expressing one’s ideas and imagination. Much like coding, it grants me the ability to express my ideas and imagination without being right or wrong. I also like to watch YouTube, anime, scroll through Reddit, as well as code.

How did you start coding? My father was the one who got me into coding. He was watching a Korean drama series called ‘Start-Up’ and there was this one character in there who could code. He shared about it with me and encouraged me to start learning to code.

Why did you join ICS 2021? I had some free time during the Christmas break and decided to make use of that time by joining the competition. Having made quite a few projects before, I’ve learned quite a lot in ICS while writing lines of code and improving from my mistakes.

All the ICS participants were also very good and watching their videos and projects gave me some ideas for my next game. In my opinion, the best part was making the video because I like recording and editing.

Future coding aspirations: Right now, I’m developing a currency rate logger, SGD to Baht to be exact. The app is personal to me. In any case, looking into the future I can really see myself doing something related to programming, especially now with the way things are advancing toward automation and Artificial Intelligence!

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This concludes our 2021 International Coding Showcase (ICS)! You can check out the full list of winners here or view the playlist of videos of our top Distinction and Judges’ Choices (Best Presentation) submissions.

Congratulations to all of our participants once again and we can’t wait to see what else they will code! The Coding Lab team would like to give a HUGE thank you to all who participated. 🌟 We hope that our students keep on coding and creating awesome projects for the whole world to see!

Are you ready for the next run of our International Coding Showcase? Keep an eye out for it coming soon! 👀

Read all about the winners of our International Coding Showcase (SG-JP) 2020 here!

P.S. Our International Coding Showcase is open only to Coding Lab students. Interested to join in our award-winning coding classes? Check them out here.

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We know that you’ve got lots of things to do, so we’ve hunted down and made a list of 5 Educational Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Games for Children – so you don’t have to search for them yourself! Now, screen time can be productive and educational, and the family can relax and wind down together after a long day.

Get your phones and tablets ready to download – and let’s take off into the world of educational games! 🚀

1. Smart Tales

For Ages 1-5

Learn STEM concepts through interactive animated stories and games with this award-winning app!

Smart Tales is a combination of STEM and the arts! Develop reading, logic and counting and learn important life lessons on respect, environment, using technology safely and more. With more than 300 fun lessons, this is the ideal educational app for your tiny tots to enjoy picking up STEM concepts through colorfully illustrated stories of animal friends!

Our Favourite Feature: Experiencing colourful, unique stories with fun characters every episode! 📗

Smart Tales is available for free (with in-app purchases) on App Store & Google Play

2. The Robot Factory

For Ages 6-8

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Choose your parts and build your robot!

Build your very own digital robot and bring them to life! 🤖

Ever wanted to design your personal robot? With The Robot Factory, players can choose the color and type of parts they want to piece their robot together with. Collect robots, test their performance in obstacle courses, and record their unique robot sounds as you develop creative-thinking, problem-solving and storytelling skills.

Our Favourite Feature: The satisfaction of finally equipping your robot with the right parts to successfully complete the obstacle course! 🎉

The Robot Factory is available for SG$5.98 on App Store

3. Lightbot: Code Hour

For Ages 4-12

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Give commands to Lightbot to light up all the tiles!

Learn to solve problems using programming logic!

Want to pick up new skills or continue testing the coding skills you learnt at Coding Lab? Train your little one’s puzzle-solving skills while they apply their knowledge of programming logic in this beginner-friendly game! The goal? To guide Lightbot the robot to light up tiles and solve 20 levels with commands that are common in coding, such as loops and conditionals. Remember to take eye breaks as solving these puzzles can be slightly addictive as they increase in difficulty.

Our Favourite Feature: The whirring sound effects that accompany Lightbot’s every action! 🚁 (Special mention to the sound the rising platform makes at the start of each level!)

Lightbot: Code Hour is available for free on App Store & Google Play

4. STEMWerkz

For Ages 5-12

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Interact with a colourful cast of characters and learn STEM concepts!

Learn STEM through play and interactive videos!

Featuring more than 3,200 concepts across three zones: STEMWerkz Quests, STEMWerkz Channel and STEAMvalley, there’s something new to learn during every gaming session! Pique your child’s interest in STEM as they build their own towns and develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. If you enjoy the free content, you can also consider getting their subscription plan to unlock more educational and engaging content such as live interactive lessons.

Our Favourite Feature: You get to interact with a wide cast of characters with interesting designs and stories! 👦👧

STEMWerkz is available for free (with in-app purchases) on App Store & Google Play

5. Khan Academy

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Interested in Math, logic, reading or just want to inspire a lifetime of learning and discovery?

Khan Academy has educational and fun programmes – not just limited to STEM – with thousands of activities and books for all! For little ones, the Khan Academy Kids app has thousands of colourful books, adorable characters and kinaesthetic activities such as yoga and dancing to accompany your child’s learning. Older ones can embark on their learning journey on Khan Academy (yes, even parents can use it too!), which is an extension of the web version, and teaches a range of topics through interactive exercises and videos.

Our Favourite Feature: The app contains topics for all ages, no matter the different interests, so learning is an exciting and educational time for all! 🌟

Khan Academy Kids is available for free on App Store & Google Play
Khan Academy is available for free on App Store & Google Play


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