#CodingLabParenting: 5 Memory Tips to Ace Exams

The task of understanding and memorising important facts and information for exams can be daunting at times. Every mark counts and you definitely want to answer all the questions and get the highest score you can get! 💯

Before beginning to memorise, you should always understand the content first – then memorise. When we teach our students to code, we ensure that they understand the codes and can apply them regardless of the situation, instead of simply memorising and following. Memorising is the key that will help you to do your questions quickly and to lock in your marks, and we find that it works best for facts and formulae.

The Coding Lab team is here to lend a helping hand for you to strengthen your memory and ace your exams with flying colours. Check out the tips that we’ve specially curated below! 

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1. Test yourself! 

When you learn and memorise something new, it is important to test yourself. By doing so, you are asking yourself questions about the material. As a result of that, you have to recall the content that you have memorised to the best of your ability. 

This particular method works because recalling the material makes the memories stronger and easier to retrieve for later [1]. By consolidating and reinforcing your knowledge, you will have a better grasp of how much and how accurate your memory work is. 

You can test yourself by using paper and pen to write out the formulae, voice record yourself reciting the content, or even collaborate with your friends with free online tools like Quizlet. It is a free tool that allows you to create digital flashcards and quizzes to test yourself and share questions with others. This way, you can see how much you’ve remembered and what else you have to work on remembering better!

2. Use mnemonics

A mnemonic is a tool that helps us retain information by translating it into a form that is simpler or easier to remember [2]. They can come in the form of a song, rhyme, acronym, image, phrase, or sentence [3]. The use of mnemonics can help you remember material swiftly and are particularly useful when the order of things are important. 

An example of an easy mnemonic is for compass directions – North, East, South, West. You can use the following expression Naughty Elephants Spray Water to recall the different directions. 

In fact, mnemonic codes are widely used in computer programming and communications system operations so as to enable its user to recall specific instructions effortlessly [4]! How cool is that? 

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Here is an example of a mnemonic in Math – the BODMAS:

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3. Sleep well

Did you know that not sleeping or getting enough sleep could lower your learning abilities by as much as 40%? Getting too much sleep on the other hand could also affect memory and other cognitive processes [6]! 

Sleep helps to consolidate the information that you have learned into memories that are stored in the brain. With the right number of hours of sleep, the brain has sufficient time to create new pathways for the information learnt. Hence, being sleep deprived could make it more difficult for you to remember things and even impact your focus, reduce decision-making skills. You may also have poor emotional and behavioural control. 

We all know that an average adult needs about 8 hours of sleep, but what about children and teenagers? Take a look at the list below to find out how many hours of sleep you or your child needs! 

4. Use chunking

Chunking is the process of taking individual pieces of information and grouping them into larger and more meaningful units [5]. Grouping single elements into larger blocks can improve your working memory immensely as information becomes easier to retain and recall.

A simple example of how you can use chunking would be when you remember phone numbers. A phone number sequence of 6-5-2-8-2-2-8-2 would be chunked into 6528 2282. 

As for remembering items from a list – for example, a shopping list – you can break them down into smaller groups and categorise them based on whether they are dairy, grains, fruits, vegetables, or more. 

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“Chunking is the ability of the brain to learn from the data you take in, without having to go back and access or think about all that data every time … it makes our brains more efficient. The more you can chunk something, the faster and easier you can process it.” 

Kevin Maney, best-selling author of The Two-Second Advantage
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Check out Food For Thought: Best brain food for programmers for more food tips to get that brainpower to code!

5. Have a healthy diet 

As the saying goes: “You are what you eat.” In order to achieve good memory, it is important to watch what you consume. 

Your overall diet has a significant impact on your brain health. Inflammatory diet patterns that are high in sugar, unhealthy fats and processed foods could bring negative effects like impaired learning and an increased risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s [7].

In fact, research has shown that this way of eating does not only affect our body, but also parts of our brain responsible for memory – mainly the hippocampus. A study conducted by the University of Cambridge discovered that obese people were 15-20% worse at a memory test than participants who were of a healthy weight [8]. 

It is never too late to change your diet – adopt a diet rich in brain-healthy foods like fish, fruits and vegetables to ensure your brain sustains its optimal functioning.

We hope these five tips will help you in strengthening your brain memory 🧠💪 and do share this article with your friends and family so they can benefit too! 

Wondering about how you can score in your specialised computing examinations? We’ve also curated 3 Tips to Take On Your O Level Computing Examinations just for you!

(Additional writing by Lakshmi and Nicole)


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The June summer holidays are almost upon us! Do you need some ideas as to where you can use those SingaporeDiscovers vouchers (expiring in June)? Why not take a learning journey as a family? Or have your kids pick up a new skill this holiday? May you have a great month!

Earth Alive at Science Centre

Have you seen the Science Centre’s newest exhibition that opened in January this year? Earth Alive walks your children through the geographic processes that move and shake our world. We all know that the Earth is ever-changing, but do your children know why volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis happen? Through compelling visual displays and interactive elements like an Augmented Reality sandbox, your children can ‘shape’ and visualise their impact on the environment. Perfect for an educational weekend trip!

Details:
Location: Science Centre, Hall B
Recommended duration: 1 hour
Price: From $2
*Can use SingaporeDiscovers vouchers
To find out more, click here.

You can also check out The Secret Chem Lab Science Show, which exclusively showcases the Science Centre’s top-secret chemistry lab. Bring the family to catch science experiments and chemical reactions, all happening at the Science Centre, for $5! This exclusive show will go on until 23 May 2021, so grab your tickets here.


The Sea Show by Eyeyah

Commissioned by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, The Sea Show is designed by Eyeyah, an artsy educational platform. The multi-media exhibition provides a treat for the eyes and our mind – mummies and daddies included! Celebrate the wonders of the sea and learn about its threats with the work of artists from 13 countries, including our very own Pathlight School. Appreciate the aesthetics? Complete the activity book and you can take a piece of the illustrated exhibition home in the form of an Eyeyah magazine (worth $10). That’s another way to keep the kiddos occupied.

Details:
Date: Till 13 July 2021
Price: Free
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sundays from 9am-6pm
Location: Singapore Maritime Gallery
To find out more, click here.

Not sure what to expect? Get an idea of how artsy and creative Eyeyah can be when you visit their interactive website here.


Summer Holiday Coding Camps

Our yearly Summer Holiday Coding Camps return with 40 exciting courses to choose from for ages 4 to 18! Are you looking to pick up a new skill this summer? Fret not, we have you covered!

Explore our offerings, from coding adventures with screen-free toys (ages 4-6) to learning drag-and-drop programming (ages 7-9), app creation (ages 10-12) to solidifying your Python foundation (ages 10-12, 13-18). Enhance your child’s problem-solving and critical thinking skills with coding this summer holiday! With classes led by experienced and passionate tutors, your child might just be the next future leader in technology.

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Details:
Date: 31 May to Mid August
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 April #TechtivitiesOfTheMonth, which includes more cool tech-related attractions that you can visit (plus an exclusive 10% OFF for a #MadeInSG STEM comic activity book from Piqolo Kids)!


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My journey at Coding Lab first began about 3 years ago, back in 2018. Fast forward to today, where I’m now teaching the Scratch, App Inventor and Python curricula and occasionally writing blogs in between. I was also given the opportunity to be the Head of Marketing for Tiny Thinkers, Coding Lab’s social initiative for children aged 4-7, where we reached out to thousands of children regardless of their socioeconomic status.

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Nurturing Future Leaders in Technology

I was just a Year One Business student at the National University of Singapore (NUS), with an interest in technology and community service, when I chanced on the opportunity to teach for the summer holidays. I’m now a proud summer intern of 2018 who returned in 2019, then again in 2020 as part of my NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) Programme internship.

With my background at NUS Business School, I was offered a dual-track programme at Coding Lab where my job scope involved both marketing and teaching. The variety in my job scope allowed me to challenge myself and hone my creativity while making a difference.

With each internship, I learned new lessons every time. Here are the 3 main lessons that I learnt:

1. There is strength in vulnerability

When I first scored my internship at Coding Lab, I wanted to grasp the opportunity to learn as much as possible! I started off with my tutor training – first with the founder, Yong Ning, then with the Lead Educator Lynn Kiew – where I learned some of the curriculum and tips to teach effectively.

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Students from my very first Python class

My Data Analytics background gave me a strong technical grounding, but I had some doubts about my ability to teach in class. Coding Lab’s comprehensive training, which included small group sessions, learning assessments and role-playing, gave me first-hand experience on how it felt like to be a student too! My mentor, Lynn, also reached out to me to shadow classes and coached me on classroom management so I easily got the hang of it. Whilst I enjoy challenging the faster students, I always make it a point to approach a shy student who seems to be struggling so that I am able to extend a helping hand!

Nevertheless, every week is a new experience with different students. I learnt the most while I was on the job, when I had to think on my feet to adapt and to embrace new ways of teaching. Whenever I was stumped, I would turn to my mentors and fellow interns for advice. I’m so glad that they were always there to listen to me and offer their advice. I slowly learnt that vulnerability is not a sign of weakness, and there is nothing wrong with saying that I need help!

2. Communication is key

As a full-time intern by day and a student by night, it was essential that I kept the team in the loop on my timetable and deadlines. It was not easy to juggle my commitments, but I’m glad that I pulled through it and I’m thankful that everyone at Coding Lab helped me to work around it! This was only possible with effective communication.

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A taste-testing session with Kelvin, another intern! (Note: this picture was taken as snacks were being eaten, masks were worn otherwise)

I also learnt the hard way that it is better to clarify my doubts than to let it snowball over time. As an intern involved in both teaching and marketing, I was in constant communication with different mentors. Be it teaching my first App Inventor class or tackling the next blog, I made it a point to ask for feedback from my mentors beforehand, which helped me be fully prepared before class started and also to keep track of my progress.

Building and nurturing relationships with my mentors and fellow colleagues are extremely vital. It allowed me to experience the company culture and made my internship more enjoyable. Moreover, it is fun to get to know my colleagues beyond meetings and projects. I would personally like to thank Yong Ning, Candice, Lynn, Cheryl and the Coding Lab team for helping me through the finals season and my internship!

3. Be yourself!

In my opinion, every experience has a purpose whenever we look back on them. It may not be obvious right now, but remember to not compare your internship with that of your friends. You were chosen for your internship for a reason! Bring your own unique style to your work, and put your best foot forward.

After much trial and error, I now like to personalise my teaching style to fit what my students love (most recently, that has been the game Among Us). It’s especially rewarding and I love it when my students from the entry-level courses pop up in my advanced courses, excitedly greeting me in the first class!

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A Thank You card from my students!

I’ve also learnt that edutech (education technology) is a sector that greatly interests me. Given the recent shift to a digitised economy and the potential impact we can make in the future, I hope to be more involved in this sector as an entrepreneur in the future.

I greatly enjoyed my internships with the team at Coding Lab – and you’ll still see me around in some Saturday classes. I truly love coming back during the holidays to make my impact on and to nurture future leaders in technology from different walks of life. Here’s to more meaningful learning experiences both in and out of the classroom! 🙂

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Little Steps Asia Feature: Mompreneurs Who Rock Singapore – Influencers In The City

Parenting can be hectic, especially when you have to juggle work too. But can you imagine running your own business on top of that? Our very own Director, Candice Wang, was featured in Mompreneurs Who Rock Singapore – Influencers In The City, an article by Little Steps Asia. It is a parenting blog with a readership of over 1 million parents across Asia!

Want to know how Candice stays on top of her busy schedule? Or how she keeps her children engaged with STEM? Head over to the article to find out about Candice and perhaps get some tips too!

“We saw the importance of automation and applying coding to make processes efficient and decided that we needed to take the step to help our kids and other kids benefit.”

– Candice Wang, Director, Coding Lab

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A snippet of the Little Steps Asia article “Mompreneurs Who Rock Singapore Feature”

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In this year’s prestigious 24th National Olympiad in Informatics (NOI), we’re proud to announce that our students have attained 2 Silver and 1 Bronze! We celebrate the achievements of our dear students as the NOI is one of Computing’s biggest annual competitions in Singapore. Well done to Vayun, Yu Shen and David!

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Presenting to you Coding Lab’s 24th NOI medallists:

Vayun Mathur, 16 Two-Time Silver Medallist
Goh Yu Shen, 16 Silver Medallist
David Walton, 16 Three-Time Bronze Medallist

NOI spots are reserved for every school’s top students to participate, so only few can represent their school, and only the best can attain medals in the Olympiad. The Coding Lab team is so proud of our young coders, Vayun and Yu Shen, for bagging 2 Silver Medals this year!

You might have heard of Vayun, one of our outstanding students, who was featured on Google and international news network CGTN before. He has performed well once again and we congratulate Vayun on clinching the Silver Medal yet again!

Read: Coding Lab CGTN feature

Congratulations to our outstanding students! We also thank Coach Guangxuan for his dedication, training and guidance of our students.

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.

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Identified as one of Singapore’s key industry leaders in technology and supporting the country’s efforts towards building an inclusive Smart Nation, Coding Lab is honoured to be a corporate partner of Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Smart Nation & U. Here are the highlights of the events:

Smart Nation & U Launch

In the recent Smart Nation & U launch on 11 March 2021, our founder was one of the 30 participants invited to the event. The launch speech by Deputy Prime Minister (DPM), Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat, highlighted how Singaporeans can reclaim their lives with digital technologies and emerge stronger from COVID-19 challenges.

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Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat, delivering the launch speech

Singapore is a small nation. If we remain nimble and work together as one people and one economy, we can achieve our vision to be a Smart Nation. This will improve our lives, and build an enduring advantage that will enable us to emerge stronger from this crisis. 

– Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat

After DPM Heng Swee Keat’s speech, our founder got to tour the Smart Nation CityScape exhibition with the creator of the exhibition. It includes 7 major interactive exhibits and illustrates what it means to be a Smart Nation.

Our founder got to view the Smart Nation CityScape exhibition, and one of its main interactive exhibits “Empowering Communities”, which uses augmented reality to showcase how tech initiatives help the lives of Singaporeans
Our founder got to view the Smart Nation CityScape exhibition, and one of its main interactive exhibits “Empowering Communities”, which uses augmented reality to showcase how tech initiatives help the lives of Singaporeans

Amongst many things, these interesting things intrigued our founder:
1) Sending hugs to your favourite tree virtually (here)
2) The brilliant use of augmented reality (AR) technology to understand how the different initiatives have been implemented across different regions in Singapore
3) A game, where you could design your very own avatar, who would then partake in the plethora of activities fueled by Smart Nation initiatives!

The Smart Nation CityScape exhibition is now a permanent and physical exhibition at URA City Gallery, which you can visit for free. It is open from Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Find out more here.

IMDA Partners’ Appreciation Event

We are also thrilled to be part of the IMDA Partners’ Appreciation Event graced by President Halimah Yacob and Minister for Communications and Information, Mr S Iswaran on 30 March 2021. In his speech, he emphasised the importance of digital inclusivity and how successful achievements have been made – thanks to community efforts.

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Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information, delivering his speech at the IMDA Partners Appreciation Ceremony

“We can and we will achieve more when we come together with strong partnerships between the people, private and public sectors. Let us all do our part to build a digitally inclusive future for all.”

– Speech by Mr S Iswaran, Minister of Communications and Information, at IMDA’s Partners’ Appreciation Event

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Our young participants had fun with Machine Learning from home

It is also the second year that we’re a part of IMDA’s SG:Digital Wonderland. We are honoured to be part of the virtual Emerging Tech workshop series, where we taught 30 young participants about Machine Learning. They got to train their models to recognise people with and without masks. We look forward to more future events with IMDA!

As a corporate partner of IMDA and Smart Nation & U, the Coding Lab team is excited to have been recognised for our community efforts to nurture future leaders in technology. Our meaningful partnerships will continue to support the nation’s goals towards achieving a Smart Nation, and we hope that you will join us on this journey!


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Our 5-year-old student, Mitchell, was featured on The Straits Times on 15 March 2021, in an article about kids coding at younger ages. We’re thrilled to share this cover of the Life! section, as he played with our Junior Coders Programme materials from Learning Beautiful during break time.

Photo of Life! Front Cover feature of 5-year-old Mitchell playing with Learning Beautiful in our Junior Coders Programme (J11S)
5-year-old Mitchell playing with the Binary Tree from Learning Beautiful (Source: The Straits Times)

“I simply love the natural, wood-based, Montessori-inspired materials in this kit; this Binary Tree is a huge hit with him!”⁣

– Mitchell’s mother

Read The Straits Times article here.

This month, we are excited to finally introduce these natural and gorgeous wooden materials from Learning Beautiful into our preschool curriculum! Designed at MIT by computer scientists who also recognise the importance of nurturing future leaders in technology, it introduces fundamentals of computer science – without screens. It breaks down the complex concepts into bite-sized lessons and hands-on playing with an assortment of wooden materials. Ethically sourced and manufactured in USA, the materials have also been tried and tested in Montessori classrooms.

Sign up for our preschool coding classes to let your tiny tots get hands-on with these beautiful educational toys:

  • 17 April: Binary Trees and Counting in Binary
  • 24 April: Binary – Stacking Towers
  • 22 May: Binary – Making Decisions / This or That?
  • 29 Mary: Binary – Booleans and the Operators

… and more to come!

View all upcoming Junior Coders Programme classes here.

You can also own a set at home and learn alongside your children ages 3 to 9. The materials have been curated by the Learning Beautiful team into the Learning at Home Set ($315.65), which includes an array of the materials and easy-to-follow detailed curriculum. For the month of April, redeem a FREE 2-hour Junior Coders Programme class from us when you purchase the set!

Purchase a Learning at Home Set here.


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April might be approaching, along with everyone’s beloved April Fools’ Day – but none of these activities are a joke! Ever heard of local STEM comics #MadeInSG? Or maybe you want to do a little cultural exploring? Well, read on to find out more!

STEM Stories with Piqolo Kids

Join Peppy and Lili’s adventures as they journey through Earth! Piqolo Kids comics are the perfect way to introduce STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to young ones aged 6 to 8. Get your hands on their first volume, with Wild Singapore as the backdrop, and make exploring even more fun with a special 10% discount for our Coding Lab students! Simply use the promo code CodingLab10.

Coding Lab x Piqolo Kids 10% Discount - Wild Singapore Volume 1

Details:
Date: 1 April 2021 to 31 May 2021
Price: $7.20 (after discount, incl. shipping)
Includes: Activity book, character cards, sticker and translation sheet
To purchase, click here.
To find out more and access FREE activity sheets, click here.


Pokémon Go Cultural Walking Tour

Who said that gaming can’t be educational? In this tour of Kampong Glam, Haji Lane and Little India, you can learn so much more about the stories behind the different Pokéstops! Meet up with your guide and get your Pokémon Go Augmented Reality app ready to explore colourful streets, ripe for your Instagram feed. As you search for your elusive Pokémons and engage in virtual raids, don’t forget to look up at the beautiful artwork and shophouses!

Details:
Date: April 2021
Location: Meet at Bugis MRT station
Price: $100*
*Can use SingaporeRediscover vouchers
To sign up for a spot or to learn more, click here.


Learn Beautifully At Home + Coding Class

Designed at the world-renowned MIT, Learning Beautiful’s Learning at Home Set is perfect for hands-on play for the little ones ages 3 to 9. With binary trees, pixel boards, and more, your children can surely spend hours getting to know the basics of computer science – entirely without screens! To sweeten the deal, with every purchase of a set, you’re entitled to a FREE Junior Coders Programme class! Get ready to launch your child’s journey into the world of programming.

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Details:
Date: Promotion available until 31 April 2021
Price: $295 (incl. shipping)
To purchase a set, click here.
To find out more, head over here.

If you haven’t seen our previous techtivity recommendations, check out our March #TechtivitiesOfTheMonth, which includes more cool tech-related attractions that you can visit!


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Our dearest Coding Lab students in Singapore and Japan submitted their best projects through our International Coding Showcase (ICS) for the whole world to see! Conducted 100% online, ICS showcases our students’ talent through projects that they have done independently or through Coding Lab’s exciting courses

Our young coders aged 7 to 18 showed their tenacity and creativity in their Scratch and Python projects and we have no doubt that our bright participants will be going places in life! Learn more about our winning future leaders of technology and their awesome projects below. 


Category: Scratch Ages 7-9

1st Place: Enea Testa

Age: 9

Japan

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Meet Enea, the passionate 9-year-old coder who included his dad in his video presentation.

Hobbies: Playing with my brother, reading books and coding! In my free time, I like to build things (for example, I built a zip line made out of rope, magnets and toilet paper roll) and play with my iPad.

How did you start coding? When my parents asked me if I had wanted to join an after school club, I thought that coding sounded interesting and I ended up liking it and continued doing it the following year. 

Why did you join ICS 2020? Brian, who is one of my coding teachers (at Coding Lab Japan), told me about the ICS competition and I thought it sounded fun so I picked my best project and used it. 

What have you learnt? I have learnt how to make and edit videos. As a coder, I had to think that I was not coding for myself. For example, the original game Jump did not have any instructions and I had to think about how I could help other users understand how to use it. I added text to most levels to explain what the new parts do and how to use them. It was also nice to see other participants’ projects because they gave me ideas for future projects, like how to make videos and how to present them.

The contest inspired me to continue working on my own project that I presented and I was motivated to improve the game by making new levels and adding new features. Now, I am really glad I joined because my game is now much better and enjoyable. 

Future coding aspirations: I would like to get better at Scratch and learn another programming language. I would also like to continue working on my game Jump and make new games on Scratch. I’m not sure about what I’ll do in the future but it will probably be coding-related because I really do enjoy coding!


Category: Scratch Ages 7-9

2nd Place: Itta Oba

Age: 9

Japan

Image of Itta Oba ICS Scratch Ages 7-9
Meet 9-year-old Itta, the confident coder of the colourful and vibrant Super Cat Run.

Hobbies: Coding and gaming. I create games in my free time.

How did you start coding? I thought it was very interesting, so I made the effort to start coding. 

Why did you join ICS 2020? I wanted to be able to showcase my own projects that I have worked hard on to everybody!

What have you learnt? I found out that there are so many other people who are creating projects on Scratch! The best part was being able to record the video of me showing what my game is about. 

Future coding aspirations: I would like to try and program with Python! 


Category: Scratch Ages 7-9

People’s Choice Award: Alicia Khong

Age: 8

Singapore

Image of Alicia ICS Scratch Ages 7-9
Meet our youngest winner and aspiring author, 8-year-old Alicia from Singapore.

Hobbies: I like to make Scratch games (I have 200+ games in my account!). My favourite activities include reading Harry Potter books, playing the piano, playing scooter and inline skating at the park.

How did you start coding? I started being curious about computers when I kept seeing my parents and older brother spending quite a lot of time on their laptops. I always wondered what they were doing and what a computer can do. Then, I started to pay more attention to my brother when he was learning Scratch. I got really interested in it and kept asking my brother many questions on how it works and how I could learn more.

Why did you join ICS 2020? I like to see the different Scratch projects that my friends and classmates create. It is interesting to play their Scratch games and learn from each other. It has also encouraged me to try my best to create a new game so as to share it with more people. 

What have you learnt? I have learnt to source for more information like pictures, colours and ideas. I have also tried many ways to improve my Scratch projects by trial and error. The best part is learning how to present my project and speak confidently in front of the camera. 

Future coding aspirations: I want to become an author who writes books that tell stories, make games and teach robotics. This year, I plan to create a Harry Potter game with as many characters as possible. 


Category: Scratch Ages 10-12

1st Place: Nicolo Testa

Age: 10

Japan

Image of Nicolo Testa ICS Scratch Ages 10-12
Meet 10-year-old Nicolo, from Yoyogi International School in Japan, with an interest in space.

Hobbies: I really enjoy reading. I normally read fictional books and in my free time, I like playing on my iPad. My favourite game is Roblox where I play in the available environments, but I also enjoy designing in the Roblox Studio with my brother Enea (who came in first in the 7-9 category).

How did you start coding? My mom informed me that there was a coding club at my school (Yoyogi International School) and I have always wanted to code, so I joined. 

Why did you join ICS 2020? It seemed fun and because I really like coding, I really wanted to join ICS. It was also a good opportunity to make a video for a wide audience and I always wanted to try that. It was real fun! 

What have you learnt? I learnt how to make videos and I can say that it is not an easy thing to do. As a coder, this competition has helped me to code differently. I had to think about other people playing the game so I had to design the game with some user interface. For example, I added different game-modes and I also made a version for my little cousins Ettore and Elia in Italy.

All ICS participants were very good and watching their videos and their 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: I recently started to code with Python and I would really like to continue with it. I have also started using the turtle module and I can’t wait to make my first game with this. I also learnt a bit about making games with App Inventor. 

On Scratch, I’m making a studio called Cat Series with my brother Enea, Itta (who came in second in the 7-9 category), and another friend named Noah.

I also study space and would like to be a space scientist!


Category: Scratch Ages 10-12

2nd Place: Wang Jun Min

Age: 11

Singapore

Image of Wang Jun Min ICS Scratch Ages 10-12
Meet the 11-year-old aspiring game designer, Jun Min.

Hobbies: My hobbies are playing computer games, coding, creating games, exploring Maths and cycling.

How did you start coding? I started when I was in Primary 1 by participating in a holiday programme (Scratch 1). From there, my interest was ignited and I started experimenting more on my own. I went on to join regular classes the following year! 

Why did you join ICS 2020? My teacher encouraged me to participate, and I had already coded many projects. I had started coding a new clicker game just before the deadline and I wanted to give it a shot. I felt it was a good opportunity to practice my presentation skills as well.

What have you learnt? I saw a wide variety of games from the other participants and it inspired me to diversify the games that I code.  

Future coding aspirations: I hope to be a game designer in future. I may even want to combine different genres of games to create a new type of game! 

Jun Min previously won 3rd Place in our Young Coders Global Hackathon 2020 (Junior Category). Read his feature here.


Category: Scratch Ages 10-12

People’s Choice Award: Andrew Goh

Age: 11

Singapore

Image of Andrew Goh ICS Scratch Ages 10-12
11-year-old Andrew amazed with his interactive game that used augmented reality!

Andrew previously won Merit (Best Storyline) in our Young Coders Global Hackathon 2020 (Junior Category). Read his feature here.


Category: Python Ages 10-12

1st Place: Kyran Tan

Age: 10

Singapore

Image of Kyran ICS Python Ages 10-12
10-year-old Kyran stood out with his Clockc program and innovative video presentation skit.

Hobbies: My hobbies are reading, coding and playing online games such as Roblox. I sometimes create my own Roblox game using Roblox Studio and Lua Programming. I will also occasionally create some Python projects for my own use. 

How did you start coding? My mother introduced me to Scratch Junior when I was 6 years old. It is a program where I can drag and drop blocks to create a project. I was fascinated with what Scratch could do and was hooked on coding ever since. 

Why did you join ICS 2020? I joined the International Coding Showcase as I wanted to make full use of my school holidays and challenge myself to create a project that is both practical and useful. 

What have you learnt? As a coder, I learnt not to give up, even if I am faced with challenges. I have also learnt how and where to find the resources for my project, such as StackOverflow and YouTube. I got answers to my questions through these sources, and even learnt other new things along the way. 

The best part of participating in ICS 2020 was not only the self-satisfaction I derived from solving problems, but also the enjoyment and fun that I got from video editing, something that was totally new to me at that time. 

Future coding aspirations: I am planning to create another program for people who use Maths frequently in their lives. 

I have a huge interest in coding, so my future occupation will definitely be coding-related. I hope to be a software application developer, where I can create, test and upgrade apps for others to use. 


Category: Python Ages 10-12

2nd Place: Keian Teh

Age: 11

Singapore

Image of Keian Teh ICS Python Ages 10-12
11-year-old Keian presented his Python turtle program with charisma and confidence.


Category: Python Ages 10-12

People’s Choice Award: Dhanvin Mohan Ram

Age: 11

Singapore

Image of Dhanvin ICS Python Ages 10-12
Meet 11-year-old Dhanvin, our Overall People’s Choice winner with more than 400 votes.

Hobbies: My hobbies are reading, watching Minecraft coding channels and experimenting with different apps.

How did you start coding? I started coding in my school CCA (Robotics Club) as I was keen to understand how coding works and to experiment with different robots and machines.

Why did you join ICS 2020? My parents encouraged me to join ICS 2020. Since I had a short time to meet the deadline, I submitted a Python project that I had coded earlier.

What have you learnt? By participating, I learnt to create a video presentation for a project. From the other participants, I learnt how to improve my presentation skills and also got to learn the Define, Listen For functions and new files for importing to Python.

Future coding aspirations: I would like to create Robots that can be used in the medical field. In my free time, I would like to be a Minecraft coder and post videos on YouTube about it.


Category: Python & Electives Ages 13-18

1st Place: Kieran Ho

Age: 12

Singapore

Image of Kieran Ho ICS Ages 13-18
Meet 12-year-old Kieran and watch him explain the codes behind his two-player card game.

Hobbies: I like reading, but mostly, coding.

How did you start coding? I started coding after being introduced to it by a friend when I was in primary school. Ever since then, I have fallen in love with coding.

Why did you join ICS 2020? I decided to join ICS as I was quite bored during the holidays and decided to try something fun. I also felt like I should try it out as I like coding, and I want to show my coding skills to more people.

What have you learnt? I liked ICS as there was enough time for me to complete the project, and it was fun seeing the other participants’ projects. I think this allows us to see more of others’ work, to gain inspiration after the competition for possible future projects. The best part was finally finishing the presentation and knowing that I had completed my project. It gave me a sense of accomplishment.

Future coding aspirations: I might consider participating in the next coding competition, and possibly pursuing a coding-related job in the future.

Kieran previously won Merit (Most Promising Young Coder) in our Young Coders Global Hackathon 2020 (Senior Category). Read his feature here.


Category: Python & Electives Ages 13-18

2nd Place & People’s Choice Award: Kenneth Gunawan

Age: 14

Singapore

Image of Kenneth Gunawan ICS Python Ages 13-18
Meet the enthusiastic and curious 14-year-old Kenneth, and see how he used PyGame to create his Tic Tac Toe game.

Hobbies: My hobbies include playing table tennis with my dad, playing the saxophone, watching movies, playing video games, and of course, coding.

How did you start coding? I began learning how to code by myself when I was around 13. I was learning C+, but I didn’t really enjoy it as it was quite difficult to keep up with, so I took a break until I began learning again when I was in quarantine. I began learning Python with Coding Lab, and I’m super satisfied with where I am now and how much I’ve learnt.

Why did you join ICS 2020? My mom was the one who shared with me about ICS. By that time, I had already made the program that I wanted to share. I love being able to share my projects, and I’m happy that I won a prize for doing so. 

What have you learnt? I used PyGame to code my program, so I had to learn how to use it. I actually taught myself PyGame before I went on to learn it again in Python Perfect 3. Besides that, I also had to learn how to create a video, things like recording the screen and my voice at the same time, which took me a while. 

Future coding aspirations: I’m always looking forward to learning more Python, and I hope I’ll be able to use it to create a useful program that anyone can use in the future. 


This concludes our International Coding Showcase 2020! View the full list of winners here, which includes our commendable Judges’ Choice and Merit award winners.

The Coding Lab team would like to extend our deepest appreciation to all of our participants. It was truly a joy to see them growing in abilities and confidence, and we hope that our students continue to nurture their talent and love for coding. 

Keep an eye out for our future events! 👀

Read about our Young Coders Global Hackathon 2020 Junior winners here.

Read about our Young Coders Global Hackathon 2020 Senior winners here.


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Thank you China Global Television Network (CGTN) for including Coding Lab in the feature on females in STEM courses! In light of International Women’s Day, CGTN covered the uptick in women pursuing STEM courses.

CGTN Feature - Co-Founder of Coding Lab, Candice, being interviewed at our Bukit Timah (KAP Mall) Campus
Our Director, Candice Wang, is also a proud mother in the STEM field whose daughter attends weekly classes at Coding Lab.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), which were traditionally seen as fields dominated by men. In Singapore and at Coding Lab, we’re proud that our parents and educators are encouraging their daughters to pursue STEM fields.

Read our previous CGTN feature here.

“We do increasingly see more and more girls. Some of our best students are girls, actually. We used to have all boys classes, but now you see at least three to four girls in every class, so I would say about a 30 percent increase.”

Candice Wang, Director of Coding Lab

CGTN Feature - Kameswaran Mekala Kalai Aathiraa, our student, being interviewed at our Bukit Timah (KAP Mall) Campus Room 4
Catch our featured student, Aathiraa (10 years old), from our YCS class, on CGTN

Coding Lab has always been proud of encouraging all of our students to strive for the best in the programming field, regardless of gender, and we are grateful to have been recognised for it. We have always aimed to provide a welcoming learning environment for every student, through displaying a good mix of projects by boys and girls, and teaching with examples relevant to both genders.

The Straits Times Feature: Addressing the Gender Gap in the STEM Sector

CGTN Feature - Our female educator Salena and female student in class at Bukit Timah (KAP Mall) Campus
Our female educator Salena teaching a female student at our Bukit Timah Campus

“Coding is important. One of the most important things in your future and in our present too.”

Kameswaran Mekala Kalai Aathiraa, 10 years old, Young Computer Scientists

Catch our female educators and students programming at our Bukit Timah campus here!

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