With a new month comes new and exciting activities! There is no reason why we should not have some fun while learning new things. 😄

Starting off with August’s #TechFact, did you know that TikTok was crowned the most popular site on the Internet in 2021? Launched in 2016, it rapidly gained popularity, so much so that more netizens accessed the short-video platform than competitor giants like Google, Facebook and YouTube on most days last year!📱(Source)

We have also hopped onto the TikTok train! 🤩 Check us out here.

Now that we’ve warmed up, let’s dive into the techtivities that you and your family can try this month! ✨


Hello My Dino @ HeadRock VR

HeadRock VR’s Hello! My Dino is a dinosaur-themed, multi-media playground at Sentosa. Combining analogue and digital technology through Virtual Reality (VR), this futuristic play area includes 4 playing sections where kids can make their own dinosaur come to life, ‘digitally’ fish for baby dinosaurs, rescue baby dinosaurs trapped in bubbles, and jump over the dinosaur hill on a bouncy castle! Your little ones will definitely enjoy themselves while experiencing new technologies!

HeadRock VR also has other thrilling, VR activities for our older ones, making this perfect place for the entire family! 😄

Details:
Who: 3-9 years old (for Hello! My Dino Zone only)
When: Permanent
Where: 80 Siloso Road, Southside Block B, #01-03, Singapore 098969
Price: from $4
Learn more here.


E3 – E-mmersive Experiential Environments

E3 is an exhibition created by Northern Light and DigiMagic Communications. This exhibition showcase how various Virtual Reality (VR) technologies can help us immerse ourselves in different environments!

With DigiMagic winning the Platinum Award in the AVA Digital Awards (an international competition that recognises excellence in digital communication) in the category of Interactive Media for their work on this exhibition, E3 is sure to capture everyone’s interest. With devices such as simulators and VR headsets, prepare to be transported to various cities around the world, go under the sea, into the forest, out into the universe, and even inside our brains! 🌍

Details:
When: Permanent
Where: Science Centre Singapore, Hall C
Price: from $8
Learn more here.
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Story of the Forest

Humid weather in Singapore may hinder us from exploring nature outside, but no worries because the Story of the Forest has you covered! An interactive digital art installation by teamLab, the Story of the Forest features various animals as well as flora and fauna in the Malay Peninsula.🌸

Get to be a part of nature as the environment and wildlife react to your presence! Experience life in the forest as it mimics real-life weather conditions. Watch as the trees part and give way to the ground as you move. Curious animals may even follow you around! This installation is programmed to be as close to reality as possible, where even the rarity of wildlife is taken into account. Why not try to spot some of these less common animals while you are there? Immerse yourself in nature while in the comfort of the indoors with the help of technology! 🌳

With Story of the Forest reopening after 29 July, now is the perfect time to check it out! 😍

Details:
When: Permanent (reopening after 29 July)
Where: National Museum of Singapore
Price: Free
Learn more here.


Singapore City Gallery

How did Singapore grow from a port city to a first-world city-state in just a few decades? Stop by the Singapore City Gallery this National Day to discover the plans behind Singapore’s transformation! 🏙️

This gallery features 10 thematic areas, with more than 50 audiovisual and interactive exhibits! Ranging from an interactive LED floor that reacts to visitors’ movements and touch-sensitive walls, to role-playing games with interactive multi-layered projection allowing visitors to take part in Singapore’s planning – experience how Singapore has become the way it is today through these various technologies. 😄

Details:
When: Permanent
Where: Singapore City Gallery, URA Centre
Price: Free
Learn more here.


2-Hour National Day Coding Workshops

With National Day around the corner, why not let your child experience the joy of coding with our 2-hour coding workshops? 👩‍🏫 No prior experience is needed and you can always bring along a friend to join in the fun! 🤗

  • It’s never too early to start coding! Our young ones will learn concepts like loops and sequencing as they create their very own digital card with hand-drawn fireworks and the National Flag to celebrate Singapore’s National Day together. (Ages 5-6) 🥳 
  • Get to know why Scratch is so popular through this workshop, where students will get to create their own fireworks and make them explode where they click through the use of clones and costumes! (Ages 7-9) 🎆
  • Ever wondered how your NRIC digits are derived? Interested in Python? Familiarise yourself with conditionals and lists as you learn to create an NRIC Checker and validate your NRIC! (Ages 13-18) 👩‍💻

No worries if you are not available then, as our regular classes are still available! 😄 ⁣Feel free to drop us an emailcall us or WhatsApp us to get in touch!

Banner of 2022 National Day Coding Workshop

Details:
When: 30 July, 6 August
Where: Bukit Timah (KAP Mall)
Price: From $65

Sign up for your Coding Lab class now!


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An AI-powered technology which enables robots to handle tiny objects with precision comparable to humans has hit the industrial market. 📈

Using a three-pronged skillset of vision, robot motion planning, and force control, this technology allows robots to achieve both high accuracy and agility in their tasks. 🤖 It is currently slated for implementation in the electronics and automotive industries. 🏍️

Learn more about this novel technology here.


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

(Written by Thinzar)


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Have you ever wondered what goes on in our Advanced Computer Scientists (ACS) classes? Every lesson is an exciting adventure with our passionate educators that will take our students to the next level of programming – all while having fun exploring – and experiencing a wide range of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related topics!

“My son comes home with a new skill everyday and tries it out on his favourite game. Fun way of learning!”

– Parent of Yuze, 11, Pei Chun Public School

What is the Advanced Computer Scientists programme about?

Image of boy playing with microbit (A Peek into ACS)
Our Advanced Computer Scientist tinkering and experimenting with his Micro:bit.

Coding Lab’s ACS programme (for ages 10 to 12) offers 13 exciting research areas specially curated by our curriculum team.

Our students will cover a good mix of classes that we have categorised into 3 main groups: Hardware-Based Learning, Syntax-Based Learning and Complex App Development (Android and iOS). It doesn’t matter whether your child is in the Infocomm club, they will get the full hands-on experience of exploring and honing the breadth of their coding abilities.

This exposes them to a diverse range of coding applications and possibilities of the trending technology topics of today. Best of all, our curriculum combines PSLE Mathematics – for maximum educational fun – as they watch the magic of Math and Coding come alive.

“The class was fun and enjoyable. I really loved learning in the class as the teachers were kind and helpful. They taught me many things I did not know and I am happy that I got my certificate.

I am grateful to my teachers for providing and guiding me through this fun and nourishing experience. Coding Lab is a fun place to go and I would recommend it to my friends. Thank you fellow friends and teachers for helping me through coding. 😁”

– Cheng Hao, 10

Tutor Edmund and his students excitedly posing with their Minecraft props in the debut of the P21S-MiCr ACS Advanced Computer Scientists Minecraft: Code Your World course
Our Tutor and Advanced Computer Scientists all geared up to take their coding to the next level in our latest Minecraft: Code Your World (P21S-MiCr) course.

Be it having advanced Micro:bit training in our Hardware-Based Learning classes, creating a quiz gameshow in our Syntax-Based Learning classes or perhaps developing an iOS mobile app in our Complex App Development classes, the endless fun will leave students smiling from ear to ear! 

Fun Fact! The latest research area added to our ACS programme is the Minecraft: Code Your World course, which made its debut in June 2022.

What do students learn in class?

Students dive deeper into advanced code as they advance in their knowledge, with hints and loving guidance from our educators. They will build on the knowledge learnt in their earlier P200 classes in drag-and-drop MIT App Inventor and text-based Python Junior – that’s why these are prerequisites for our ACS programme.

In each lesson, our dedicated tutors begin by introducing the topic and giving the lesson’s tasks to students. Students write down their thoughts in the colourful workbooks that accompany their learning, and get hands-on with coding. They will watch the codes come alive on their laptop or phone screens, and even tinker with robotics such as the Micro:bit. Our tutors are there at every step of the way to provide hints, answer questions and guide students to the solutions.

With the small class sizes and fun learning experiences, students are constantly stimulated and engaged. We’ve also aligned our curriculum closely to what students learn in MOE schools. For example, our Python Turtle course introduces shapes and concepts such as Pythogoras’ Theorem.

Including concepts that are learnt in school is key in ensuring that our students get excited about learning. It also provides them with new perspectives about what they learn in school – some of them even get a headstart when they are first introduced to concepts in their coding classes!

A Peek Into P21S ACS Advanced Computer Scientists
We’ve got gorgeous and colourful book covers to complement our students’ learning journey!

Did you know?
Research areas proceed based on a pre-selected schedule carefully curated by Coding Lab tutors, which exposes your child to all 3 main groups.

Gotta catch ’em all! Each research area has a corresponding badge that students can collect and advance their coding skills.

Read: Did you know? Fun Facts about our Advanced Computer Scientists

“ACS allows me to dive deeper into my interest in coding. They have a wide range of topics for me to explore. I learnt how to code on various types of programs like when we used Python Turtle for Game Development or when we created apps with Thunkable, where I learnt functions to command the program and do a list of commands.

My tutors let us explore and try to program it it on our own first. If I have difficulties, my tutors are always there to help me. They explain why the program functions as it should in detail and they go through the codes step-by-step in class. I enjoy the ACS lessons very much!”

– Jo Xi, 12, Northland Primary School

Here’s the lowdown on our Advanced Computer Scientists programme:

P21S ACS Advanced Microbit Kit
An overview of our carefully curated Advanced Micro:bit Kit for the best hands-on learning experience.

  • There are 3 main groups of classes: Hardware-Based Learning, Syntax-Based Learning and Complex App Development (Android and iOS) – you can find the full list of 13 research areas here.
  • One ACS research area typically takes 10 hours to complete for 5 classes.
  • In order to progress to the next level, students are required to complete all research areas.

As the name of our programme goes, we hope that our students become Advanced Computer Scientists as they embark on this journey and get broad-based exposure to the various STEM topics – and even if they decide to pursue something else other than computer science – we know that the ACS learning experience is one that they will remember for life!

Python Health Game by Leonard Yong, 12 years old, in P21S-PyH3 Advanced Computer Scientists Health Advisor
See the real-world applicability of Python with this Health Game coded by our student!

Healthy 365 Junior with BMI Calculator by Thabitha, 12 years old, in P21S-AiH3 Advanced Computer Scientists Healthy 365 Junior
Level up and code even more functions into your app!

Pichu Defense, in Advanced Computer Scientists P21S PyGD
Explore game development with Python and find out the endless possibilities of coding!

11-year-old Ankit shares his Take A Break app that he coded with Python, which utilises Math, loops and more that he learnt in ACS.

Keian, 11 years old, presents his ACS Python Turtle project about drawing fun shapes and patterns with various pen sizes and colours.

10-year-old Jacob shows his innovative use of Python to create a Periodic Table Explorer, which uses various Quiz elements taught in ACS.

Here’s how you can become an Advanced Computer Scientist (ages 10 to 12)!

Read next: A Peek Into our Young Computer Scientists Course – Lifelong Learning and Applying It

(Written by Cheryl Tang and Zulaikha)


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Meet Aarhan, our confident and articulate coder and Secondary One student currently studying in his dream school, St Joseph’s Institution (SJI), which he entered through Direct School Admission (DSA) with Coding. He was also previously awarded Merit Award in our International Coding Showcase 2020. Let’s hear what Aarhan has to say about his DSA experience and coding journey thus far!

Watch the video version of Aarhan’s interview here.

Hi Aarhan, Congratulations on entering SJI through DSA! How do you feel about this achievement?

I feel on top of the world, and I feel that all my hard work has paid off!

Student Feature - Aarhan (1)
Aarhan is a budding programmer who aspires to be a nanoscientist and doctor that helps others with technology.

“Coding gives wings to my imagination and creativity. … But what I love the most is the fact that one can manipulate the code to do whatever they want, and the only limit is your creativity.”

Tell us how you first got started with coding!

I was in Primary 3 when I had my first encounter with Coding. One day in school, there was a robotics showcase, and I thought “This looks fun!”, which spurred me to try coding. It turned out to be fun, and I found my passion for it! I first learnt Scratch and mBot in school, and so far I’ve picked up Micro:bit, Python, App Inventor, and am still in the process of learning Javascript and so much more.

What do you like most about coding?

Coding gives wings to my imagination and creativity. It helps me actualise the blueprint of my ideas on the screen, and I pick up my innovations from the things I use or see in my daily life!

While it is really hard, it is really fun and it allows me to explore new possibilities in the digital world. But what I love the most is the fact that one can manipulate the code to do whatever they want, and the only limit is your creativity.

Catch 11-year-old Aarhan enthusing about coding and his future aspirations in an earlier interview video.

How did you benefit from the programmes at Coding Lab?

The coding programmes at Coding Lab equipped me with the knowledge of various coding languages, block interfaces and a deeper understanding of how to manipulate codes to fit into my projects. The classes helped me to perfect all these skills.

I can’t thank my teachers enough for being approachable, friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and creative at the same time. My ideas were constantly discussed in the sessions, which she elicited from me without spoon-feeding. She helped to boost my confidence and creativity to a whole new level.

What I liked most about my lessons were the teachers as they were always encouraging us to ask questions. Thanks to Coding Lab, I have learnt 3 languages, Python, App Inventor and Java, and my learning experiences have further fuelled my passion for coding.

“Aarhan has always displayed a good understanding of the lessons and takes an active role in discussions. He explains his codes well, which demonstrates a clear thought process, and is one of the important criteria in being a programmer!”
– Educator Rachel

Check out Aarhan’s Obstacle Game that he coded and presented in our ICS 2020, which earned him a Merit Award!

What are the difficulties you faced while learning to code and how did you overcome them?

There were many times when I had a certain idea in my head, but to apply that, the code wouldn’t fit or a minor improvisation was needed. I realised then that having a mature guidance – even in the simplest project – would take me to my desired result.

What is your favourite project and why?

Student Feature - Aarhan Presentation of Kites on Microbit
A snippet of the light show in Aarhan’s Kites project on Micro:bit.

The last and most recent project that I worked on is titled Kites, coded using Micro:bit. I was inspired to make it based on an international kite festival called Uttrayan that takes place every year in India. The kites fly up in the sky, and the goal is to cut the other person’s kite. Since I have not been able to visit India for 2 years now, I replicated it and created this game to be able to play it.

There are two kites marked by red lights – the player’s and the opponent’s kite. The player’s kite has ten lives and its light blinks while the opponent’s kite light is steady.

When I coded this game, I used the game components for the first time and initially had difficulties with the lives and scores. After a lot of trial and error, perseverance and rearrangement of the code blocks, I was finally able to come to an end product that I was satisfied with!

Student Feature - Aarhan Header
Catch the video version of Aarhan’s interview at our Parkway Parade campus here.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a scientist when I grow up, like a nanoscientist, to control everything through nanochips. And then after that, I’m going to become a doctor and use my little microchips to help detect and diagnose diseases in patients.

What advice would you give to young coders like yourself?

Just go ahead. The path may look a little rocky, but trust me, it leads to a whole new world of imagination and wonder. So, don’t give up and keep marching ahead!


Thank you for sharing your programming journey with us, Aarhan! 😃 We are so proud to see you grow from the confident 11-year-old App Inventor student to getting into your dream school at St Joseph’s Institution. We hope that your story inspires many other young coders like yourself to pick up programming, explore the vast world of possibilities, and harness the skill to change the world for the better! 🌏

Aarhan Saluja has been attending classes at Coding Lab since May 2020 – from App Inventor 1 and 2, advancing to Python Junior 1 and 2, and now progressing through our Advanced Computer Scientists programme. He was also in the Portfolio Preparation programme for DSA. Aarhan, who turns 13 this year, won the Merit Award in our annual International Coding Showcase 2020.

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 4 to 18 – check out our courses to begin your own coding journey today!

(Written by Zulaikha and Oliver, Edited by Cheryl)


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We’re proud to announce that 7 of our Coding Lab students have achieved 3 Platinum Awards (the highest honour) and 4 Gold Awards (the second highest honour)!

The annual Hwa Chong Info-communications Challenge (HCIC) aims to ignite the interest of primary school students in the field of info-communications, as well as to recognise young talents in the areas of programming, coding and robotics. This year, the competition was held on the afternoon of 26 May 2022, with Primary 6 participants from Singapore and the equivalent of Primary 5 or 6 students from overseas centres.

Presenting to you Coding Lab’s 7 Award Winners at the HCIC:

Photo of Platinum Trophy and Hwa Chong Institution logo for Hwa Chong Infocomm Challenge 2022

Platinum Awards

Aidan Sin, 12
Ahmad Dzuizz Annajib, 12
Isaac Khong, 12

Photo of Gold Trophy and Hwa Chong Institution logo for Hwa Chong Infocomm Challenge 2022

Gold Awards

Fu Yu Zhong, 12
Nicholas Lam, 12
Tan Zheng Kai, 12
Evan Chua, 12

Congratulations to our students! The competition comprised 2 sections that tested them on programming logic, robotics knowledge and Python programming language. We are proud that they have excelled and we celebrate their achievements! We look forward to seeing what else they will code and achieve.

Coding Lab Students' Achievements - 7 HCIC 2022 Awards

Our students – Aidan, Isaac, Yu Zhong, Nicholas, Zheng Kai and Evan – all started coding with us (most for the first time ever!) in our P200 series from as young as 9 years old, and we are thrilled to see their efforts and coding abilities being recognised. Evan started from Scratch and we are so proud to see him grow in his skills and to achieve an award. We are also happy to have Dzuizz joining our National Olympiad in Informatics class in July to continue his exciting learning journey in programming!

You may recall Isaac Khong, one of our students who won Social Impact Award and Judges’ Choice (Most Innovative) in our International Coding Showcases (SG-JP) held in 2020 and 2021.

Read Isaac Khong’s blog feature with his sister Alicia here and catch his video interview too!

Whilst we celebrate our students’ success in this arena, we recognise that competitive programming is merely a subset of the full scope of programming. Many of our students have achieved success in wider aspects; whether it’s creating a Stock Rating Algorithm, a Real-Time Carpark Tracker, a prize-winning app or attaining an overseas scholarship to read Computer Science at University, we’re here to support our students every step of the way.

Interested to find out more? Check out the Python Programming and Elective courses we offer for Secondary school and Junior College students.

Read: 1st Position in the Hwa Chong Infocomm Challenge 2019, Ang Jun Ray

Also Read: Congratulations to our 8 Medallists in NOI 2022 Qualification Contest!

(Written by Cheryl Tang)


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