Let’s strive to do our best to have an Optimistic October while staying safe and healthy! Before we get started with the list of exciting tech-activities, here’s the #TechFact for this month – it’s got something we all should be wary of! 👀

Did you know that over 6,000 new computer viruses are created and released every month? As a matter of fact, 90% of emails contain some form of malware!

An example would be the computer worm which rose to prominence on 5 May 2000 and is referred to as Love Bug or Love Letter For You. It infected over ten million Windows personal computers as it spreads as an email message with the subject line “ILOVEYOU” and the attachment “LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.TXT.vbs”.

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It’s important for us to be vigilant and double check the senders of the emails that we receive. If we are doubtful that it is from someone we know, send them a text or give them a short call to confirm if the email really came from them.

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

Back to School with NASA: Student and Educator Resources for 2021-2022

NASA has recently launched their student and educator resources for the 2021-2022 school year and we’re all for it! They’ve got a long list of activities and thought-provoking challenges for students from preschool to university, whether they are returning to brick-and-mortar schools or virtual classrooms at home. 

There is also a separate page dedicated to activities specially designed for preschoolers – so parents, be sure to check it out and get quality time with your kids! Check out one of their awesome projects below called: Make a Moon Crater – where you can learn more about craters and make the moon look like cheese! 

Includes: Activities and challenges for students in preschool to university
Price: Free
Click here for more.

Read! Fest Literary Trail: The Curious Adventure Of The Salaryman

Do you need a perk-me-up after having all those Work From Home days? Here’s some good news for you: the National Library Board has installed an interactive literary trail at these 3 locations: East Coast Park, West Coast Park and the National Library Building for a multi-sensory reading experience like no other! 

The trail, titled The Curious Adventure of the Salaryman, allows participants to join digital protagonist Gerry as he navigates his own adventure to reinvent himself and disrupt his tiresome routine. 📱

Keep an eye out for the six colourful stations onsite – while you can start at any station by scanning the QR code at the stations, for the full experience, make sure to start off at the first station for each venue!
– East Coast Park: Near East Coast Lagoon Food Village
– West Coast Park: Near McDonald’s West Coast Park
– West Coast Park: Near McDonald’s West Coast Park

You (and even your little ones too!) can embark on a journey of self-discovery while being surrounded by beautiful nature – all thanks to technology! Psst, they are even having a giveaway for the event, which you can learn more here.

Date: Till 31 October 2021
Duration of trail: The entire trail can be completed within 30mins (inclusive of walking distance of ~5mins between each station).
Includes: 7 mini-games, side quests and more!
Price: Free
To find out more, click here.

Become a Ranger with WILDChildTV!

It’s not yet possible for us to freely travel around the world, but thankfully the Internet has got our back! Our little ones (including you mums and dads!) are able to explore and learn about places around the world with information right at your fingertips – like &Beyond’s WILDchild TV

&Beyond’s WILDchild TV features educational videos that enables kids to learn fun facts about the wildlife and nature in Africa from experienced rangers. From videos about Survival Skills, How An Animal Works to Birds and Birding, your ranger-in-the-making will have a blast learning with the bite-sized videos! 

Duration of each video is less than 10 minutes (bite-sized indeed!) and are 💯 free to watch.

Includes: Fun videos on wildlife in Africa
Price: Free
Learn more here.

Coding Bytes: Virus Warrior

Coding Lab’s latest video series Coding Bytes is the best way to learn programming if you’re looking for something easy and quick to digest, and for your kids to do at home! Follow our step-by-step tutorial videos alongside your little ones and be amazed at what they can do with Scratch.

Follow Tutor Joanne in our latest tutorial, Virus Warrior, as she programmes the character Ben to catch as many masks and hand sanitisers as he can while avoiding the virus! 🦠 This program aims to educate our young ones about the necessities we need to have during the pandemic, like our masks and hand sanitiser! 

Remix Tutor Joanne’s program here! 👉https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/533854338/ 

Let your kids try this tutorial out! They’re free to let their creative juices flow and change up the game with their own unique add-ons. Afterwards, send over their remix to community@codinglab.com.sg for a chance to be featured! We look forward to receiving your submissions. 🤩✨

Includes: Engaging, fun and quick tutorials on Scratch programming
Price: Free
Watch the series here.

Come join our Post-PSLE Coding Camps!

Our October Coding Camps are here and we’ve got something for ages 7 to 18, whether you’ve just ended exams or are on holidays! Don’t miss out on the fun and quickly grab your spots here! 

Rest assured that safe distancing measures will be adhered to at all times, and the option to do Online classes are always available. Should you have any queries, drop us an emailcall us or WhatsApp us to get in touch! 

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When: 11-15 October & 18-21 October 2021
Location: Online, Parkway Parade, Bukit Timah (KAP Mall)
Price: From $375.25
To find out more, click here.

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

(Written by Zulaikha)

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