Ages 10 – 12

Im a Young Coder

Nurture your future leader with our award-winning coding curriculum for children (Aged 10-12). Our progessive learning roadmap takes your child through an array of courses ranging from Scratch, to App Inventor and Python, suitable for complete novices or burgeoning experts in the making.

Dear Parents,

We did a Holiday Coding with Pororo program last November 2016, and were heartened by the overwhelming response from both parents and kids. We are pleased to announce that the Coding with Pororo programme is back, this time, not as a one-time session, but with five full sessions, where kids will get to create a proper digital Pororo story and get the chance to meet Pororo himself!

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Coding with Pororo! – Learn the commands (Ages 4-6)

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Kids going to their Pororo coding stations

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A happy student showing his completed Pororo Story!

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Kids in Action – completing their story with Pororo

Kids will start off learning the attributes of the commands by having an activity session, using giant commands to direct each other and learn about mathematics (counting), while learning coding sequences and loops in the process. Exclusively at Pororo Park, make your favourite characters spin, twirl, hop or jump, or even do all 4 at once! Add your own music, backgrounds, and voila! your child’s very own Pororo story is formed.

Day 1: Introduction to Scratch Junior
Exploring and familiarising with the Scratch interface
*Special Guest appearance by Pororo!

Day 2: Basic Computational Techniques
Choosing characters and backgrounds
Animating Characters with basic Motion blocks

Day 3: Control your Characters
Adding Speed and learning the concept of loops
Counting using the grid

Day 4: Animation
Adding Speech and sound
Interaction between the sprites (Start on Bump, etc)

Day 5: Project showcase
Work on your game concept
Use the techniques you have learnt over the past 4 days
Show and tell
*Guess What, Pororo himself may be coming down to watch the performance!

Venue: Pororo Park Singapore
Dates: 10 Feb – 10 March (Every Friday, 4-6pm) OR 11 Feb – 11 March (Every Saturday, 9-11am)
No. of sessions: 5 x 2 Hours (+ 2 Hours FREE playtime!)
Age: 3 years and above with 1 accompanied parent (optional)

Program Fees:
Non-Member: $445
Annual Member: $395
Gold/Silver Member: $345

Prices includes: Admission rates for 1 child & 1 accompanying adult
2 hour workshop + 2 hour playtime FREE!

Sign Up Now: http://www.codinglab.com.sg/our-classes … preschool/

For more enquiries: Call +65 6528 2282 today!

The team from Coding Lab had lots of fun today, training staff from the National Library to code using stories!

Kudos to the fantastic and sporting participation from all participants. From play-acting, to coding, to voice-acting, everybody had a great time learning to code by re-enacting our childhood favourite – Five Little Monkeys!

View our pictures in action below.

Play-Acting - 5 Little Monkeys
Sporting volunteers – cast for the Five Little Monkeys!
3 Monkeys Jumping
3 Monkeys and their coding blocks – Jump!
Working on their digital story
Busy working on their digital story
Preparing for Show and Tell
Preparing for Show and Tell

 

6 valuable lessons video games can teach your child

“My Child can’t stop playing video games! What can I do about it? How to stop him/her?”

From young to old, video games have always held a certain fascination; from classics like Tetris, Lode Runner and Pacman, to Super Mario, to today’s Clash Royale and Minecraft, millions of children have experienced and played video games. Who can remember the thrill of the adrenaline rush when you beat a level, or when that tetris block drops perfectly in space, clearing four rows at once?

As parents, we are rightfully concerned about our children’s attraction to video games, especially in today’s digital age when our kids get exposed to technology at a very young age.

How do we manage their interest, and direct their interest into something that can benefit them for life? Read on to find out!

How do Video games benefit your child? Well, Video Games:

1. Help improve problem-solving skills

Video games are all about processing large amounts of data in a short amount of time. Even basic shooting games require thinking logically. Quest-based games require players to find alternate ways of moving forward or solutions to different problems. And these are definitely some of the essential skills that kids need to pick up from.

Coding games like Spacechem, Infinifactory, and Codecombat teach procedural literacy. That is the reason kids programming classes often use coding games to generate students’ interest in coding.

2. Help develop better hand-eye coordination

Gaming involves the use of consoles or remote controls to control all the action on the screen. Studies suggest that playing video games can help improve coordination and balance in the heart patients and even in Parkinson’s patients. Children who play video games, naturally, develop better hand-eye coordination.

3. Help improve social skills

Contrary to popular belief, It is a stereotype that children who are into video games are introverted and isolated. Nothing teaches community bonding and teamwork like video games do. Games also have flourishing bases both online and offline.

Moreover, 70% of gamers play in the same room with their friends. Coding classes for kids are social places as well, and project planning, teamwork and even presentation skills are developed. This helps develop positive peer relationships and build high self-esteem. Check out our showcase testimonials to see our confident kids presenting the work.

4. Strategy games help acquire strategic thinking

Video games can give kids a chance to analyse their performance objectively. They also help them devise strategies to implement those. Most games have a set goal or mission and allow the gamer to use multiple ways to reach it. However, most of them require using strategy to achieve the goal. Many of them provide immediate feedback on performance.

5. Learn mathematics in a fun way

Kids programming classes combine learning and fun into one. Video games based on simple coding can help develop analytical thinking. They encourage children to find multiple solutions to a problem. Games like Lightbot, Scratch, and Code Monkey are interesting ways to learn to code while having fun. In the longer run, it encourages kids to take up coding as even a career. Kids who code are usually good at mathematics.

Help develop empathy and improves decision-making

Many parents find it difficult to teach their kids to empathise. Empathy is an important aspect of developing moral consciousness and opposing prejudice. Video games can help kids to empathise much better than books or verbal repetition can do.

Why not allow kids to learn decision-making skills? Some games enable kids to face difficult situations and help them learn how to make ethical decisions. These situations deal with sensitive issues and simulate circumstances that would otherwise be difficult to create.

Indeed, studies suggest that gaming is as beneficial as physical activity for cognitive development. Coding classes for children make use video games to teach analytical thinking. Video games can help your kids learn a multitude of life’s lessons, ranging to making fast and timely decisions to overcoming a fear of failure. All in moderation, of course!