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, where we conduct various coding classes for kids aged 4-12.

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/

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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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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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Experience board-room style classes coupled with best-in-class teaching with our MIT-inspired curriculum. 

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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!

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]

 

5 digital trends that will shape construction and digital projects [Mckinsey]

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.

Text-based Programming

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.

Block-based Programming - Scratch

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