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!

Coding Lab Achievement Photo - 24th NOI Medals 2021

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

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

Read: National Olympiad in Informatics 2020


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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

Coding Lab's Machine Learning workshop - IMDA SG:Digital Wonderland Special Edition 2020 - Masked Warriors Galore
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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Little Steps Asia Feature: After-School Activity Leaders

Get to know our Director, Candice Wang, who is featured as one of the After-School Activity Leaders That Rock Singapore. What inspired her to start Coding Lab? What are her favourite things to do? Secret spots? Find out what ice cream shop the Coding Lab team frequents too!

“We’re fortunate to have found tutors who love kids and programming equally and be an extension of our dream and vision.”

Screenshot of our feature on Little Steps Asia
Screenshot of our feature on Little Steps Asia

Read the full article here.

Thank you for the feature, Little Steps Asia!

Read our previous feature on The Straits Times: Addressing the Gender Gap in the STEM Sector


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Happy Lunar 牛 (‘niu’ pronounced as ‘new’, it means cow/ox) Year! For all of our Chinese friends, this year is the Year of the Ox, and 12th February 2021 marks the start of the Chinese New Year on the traditional lunar calendar – which lasts for 15 days. In line with this event, did you know that there are ox and cow -related programming languages?

This year’s festivities are a little different as we spend our long weekend at home staying safe. We share some fun (programming) facts related to the Year of the Ox to keep you occupied, and perhaps to inspire you to code your next program! Here they are:

1. Cow Programming Language

Considered one of the Top 5 Hardest Programming Languages in the world, it has 12 instructions that vary on the capitalisations of “moo”, such as “Moo” and “mOo” and with the exceptions of MMM, OOO, oom and OOM. Created in 2003 by Sean Heber, it is an esoteric programming language (often shortened to “esolang”) – this means that it is a programming language built as a joke and to explore the theory of computation, not for solving computational, practical problems.

You’ll see what we mean with this example, which translates to “Hello” in Cow programming language:

3 Fun (Programming) Facts for the Year of the Ox - Cow Programming Language
We’re not joking!

2. Ox Programming Language

3 Fun (Programming) Facts for the Year of the Ox - Ox Programming Language

This object-oriented matrix programming language is used academically in econometrics and statistics (it is also available for non-academic use!). Developed by Jurgen Doornik, it has a comprehensive mathematical and statistical function library and syntax similar to C++, which has resulted in faster and more efficient programs that are easier to maintain.

Get a glimpse of the OxMetrics interface

Ox programming language uses OxMetrics to produce graphics and reports, which assists in econometrics and statistical modelling, as well as financial analysis. It is a powerful tool that enables users to write their own programs, plot graphs, and so much more – and is great for people with basic programming language too!

3. Cows and Bulls

3 Fun (Programming) Facts for the Year of the Ox - Bulls and Cows

Even if you’ve never heard of this, the concept behind this game will definitely be familiar! Remember the game Mastermind? You create a secret 4-digit code, and the other player tries to guess it within a number of tries. You get a bull point if you get the correct digit and correct position, and a cow point if you get the correct digit, but in the wrong position. This feedback helps in logically guessing the secret code.

The game Mastermind

One of the first computer implementations for this game was created in 1970 – a program simply called “moo” – written by J.M. Grochow at MIT for the Multics operating system. Today, you can play this Cows and Bulls (also known as Bulls and Cows) game against computers too!

For all coders out there, you can even try programming this yourself too. Find the tasks here, and solve it in your preferred programming language. This may not be programming-related, but it sure is code-breaking!

Bonus: The Great Race of the Zodiac Animals

In the festivities of Chinese New Year, what would this post be without a fun fact of the zodiac year? Did you know that the Ox is second among the 12 Chinese zodiac animals – after the rat? Legend has it that there was a Great Race to cross the river to derive at this sequence. The Rat jumped on the Ox as it made its way across the river, then the Rat proceeded to jump across the finish line to win, while the Ox ranked second place.

The remaining animals placed in the following order: Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, then Pig.

Coding Lab wishes you a Happy Lunar Niu/New Year!

The Coding Lab team wishes everyone a prosperous Lunar New Year! 🙂

You now know some cool fun facts and learnt a little more about programming too. We hope that we’ve also inspired your next coding program, and don’t forget to share these facts with your friends!


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

We’re proud to be featured in The Straits Times today! In Singapore’s English flagship newspaper, we shared our experience and thoughts on bridging the gender gap in the area of STEM.

“Given the right environment, girls can realise their potential,” our Director, Candice Wang, says. She is also a proud mother in the STEM field whose daughter attends weekly classes at Coding Lab.

The Straits Times feature - Gender gap in Stem sector: Support from parents is crucial to help girls excel
A snippet of our feature on The Straits Times (9 February 2021, Monday, LIFE)

“Given the right environment, girls can realise their potential,”

Candice Wang, Director of Coding Lab

Read the full article here.

Did you know that at Coding Lab, we ensure a gender-neutral environment to encourage students of all genders and ages to code? Some examples of how we do so include:

  • Showcasing a good mix of projects by girls and boys
  • Building programs, games and animations around students’ favourite cartoons and topics (eg. Disney shows and princesses)
  • Gender-neutral questions and exercises

Read our previous features: We’re on The Straits Times!

Our superstar coder and University of Texas (Austin) scholarship recipient, Sarah Go, is also featured! She talks about her experience as a female in STEM and how her parents and environment has helped her to excel. Read her blog features here and here.


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As Chinese New Year approaches, the tech-activities don’t stop! Here are February’s fun techtivities for families and serious coders to do. From taking part in a coding challenge, enjoying artworks in an electric car and following a time-travelling robot (Psst, use your SingapoRediscovers vouchers), there’s much to do on our little red dot!

Shopee Code League

Whether you’re a student (pre-tertiary, undergraduates and postgraduates; ages 18 and below will need to complete a Parental Consent Form) or a working professional, you’re welcome to join in the fun with a group of 2 to 4. Gather your coder friends, solve real-world issues and take on challenges specially designed by the Shopee tech teams. Get ready, registration closes on 26 February 2021!

Details:
Registration closes on 26 February 2021
Competition runs from 6 – 20 March 2021
To find out more, click here.


Moo Moo PARK

Usher in the Year of the Ox by enjoying artworks by foot or in an electric car at Asia’s first drive-through exhibition. Organised in the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s carpark, the immersive exhibition features 3D installation art, selfie filters and augmented reality murals that focus on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Details:
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Level 6 Carpark
Open daily (no walk-in on Saturdays / no drive-thrus on Sundays)
Price: From $5
Tickets available from SISTIC
To find out more, click here.


Time Capsule

Meet the newest attraction to join the Singapore Flyer. Touted as a multi-sensory attraction that takes you through Singapore’s 700-year history, the immersive and interactive journey spans two levels as you follow a ‘time-travelling’ robot called R65. Best of all, you can use your SingapoRediscovers vouchers here!

Details:
Thursdays to Sundays, 2pm to 9:15pm
Singapore Flyer
Price: From $10
*Can use SingapoRediscovers Vouchers
To find out more, click here.


Coding Classes

Parents, we heard you! Our Junior Coders Programme is back in session. Calling all N2s to K2s! Our specially curated preschool coding programme will get your little ones acquainted with technology through fun and hands-on activities.

For Ages 7 to 18, our mid-semester intake for February is now open too!

Details:
To find out more about our Junior Coders Programme, click here.

Mid-Semester Intake Details:
Starting Saturday, 6 February 2021
Parkway Parade, Bukit Timah (KAP Mall) and Online
To find out more, click here.

The Coding Lab team wishes everyone a prosperous Lunar New Year! 🙂

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


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We nurture future leaders in technology, so we recognise that it’s important to be tech-literate in today’s world. Here are some tech gift ideas to keep our teens curious and hungry for more knowledge:

Raspberry Pi

Nope, we’re not talking about raspberries or the magical 3.14 number. 

The Raspberry Pi is an affordable, pocket-sized computer that could be the key to unlocking the door of physical computing. You can connect it to a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Learn with Scratch, use Python, make websites and more!

It makes picking up computing more accessible and seamless, so people are able to harness the power of computing to solve problems and express themselves creatively.

Find out more and get free learning materials here.

From $35 from Argon and Cytron

Laptop or Tablets

Remember the moment you first got your own desktop or laptop? 

Our ACS student exploring the course

Perhaps now is the time for your teen to experience that moment too. Many of us have fond memories of tinkering with our own blogs, using Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, playing Maple Story, navigating Friendster and the old Facebook. Whether it’s a laptop or tablet that you purchase, it will be a great time for your teen to take on the responsibility of a device, hone his or her typing skills, get familiar with technology and have knowledge and information at his or her fingertips! 

Psst, Apple fans! Tertiary students (University, Polytechnic, JC, ITE) can get Apple Education prices.

Kiwico Crates

At a complete loss as to what fun and enriching presents you should get and you only know the child’s age? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 

Need a shortcut to letting your child DIY things – without having to source for the materials? The STEM projects and kid-friendly content by KiwiCo is delivered in a crate. With so many crate choices, they have filtered it out by ages (from 0 to 104 years old) and various interests for you to narrow down the perfect one. Whether you’re interested in Science and Tinkering or Art and Design, monthly, 3-month, 6-month and annual subscriptions, they have it all! 

Find out more here.

From $20.16/month from KiwiCo

Read: Tech Gift Ideas for Christmas

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Coding is the new literacy. We’ve all seen the might of technology and coding seems to be the next ‘it’ thing. Here are toys that can help to pique your child’s interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM).

Read: STEAM is the new STEM

Zometool

Recall your Chemistry classes where you had to visualise atoms and particles? Chances are, your kid will have to go through that someday too – and here’s how you can make their understanding of it easier. 

Inspired by real-world architecture and used by mathematicians, research scientists, physicists, and at NASA, the idea for Zometool began in 1969. Boxes come with parts of colourful pieces of different sizes – similar to the ball-and-stick models, but with more varied shapes and lengths – that can connect to one another. Kids are then given the freedom to discover and explore the endless possibilities that they can build with the open-ended creation system that imparts complex STEAM concepts and also improves spatial awareness. 

Find out more and get FREE activities here.

From $29.90 at Playhao

Arduino Starter Kit

This kit is for the more serious tech tinkerers to dip their toes in STEAM and to self-learn even more with Arduino. 

We often have curious parents asking if we teach Arduino here. Our answer? If they can do basic programming (Scratch included!), then they can transfer that knowledge to Arduino. These kits have hardware (i.e. programmable boards, sensors, mechanical parts) and open-source software, which introduces concepts such as electricity and Arduino code. Activities and tools include sensors, buttons, and more! 

Find out more here.

Access free tutorials here.

$128 for the Starter Kit from Duck Learning

Micro:Bit

Take coding one step further with one of the world’s smallest programmable computers. 

Image of children trying out the maze game with Micro:bit controls

Pop two AAA batteries in, and you’re ready to create your projects. The pocket-sized computer has an LED light display, buttons, sensors and a compass, which you can work with Scratch, Python, Microsoft MakeCode, and more. Created by news agency BBC, it was distributed to children in the United Kingdom – Singapore is following suit with select schools – to heighten curiosity and interest in coding. Join in the fun! Make a random number generator, light-up compass and more – like what we do in our Young and Advanced Computer Scientists courses!

Find out more and get FREE activities here.

$30 at Playhao

Read: Tech Gift Ideas for Christmas

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We believe that everyone should learn to code – and that it should be fun for everyone (parents included). Here are some gadgets that can help to jazz up learning for our young ones:

Makey Makey

Turn bananas and plants into your own game controllers with science and coding – all in one handy invention! 

The easy-to-use invention kits from Makey Makey allows you to hook up your world to your computer. Tinker with alligator clips and learn about conductive objects and materials in the world. Get hands-on and make learning fun, just like how we incorporate Makey Makey in our Young Computer Scientists classes too. Build your own sensors, musical instruments and light-up circuits with Scratch and Arduino – the projects you can do are endless!

Find out more and get FREE activities here.

$67.35 from Amazon

Hot Wheels ID

This is what we all envision when we say “toy”, but they’ve brought it up a notch to make it educational.

We’ve all known the brand Hot Wheels, and now they’ve combined their signature race cars with coding. All cars are Uniquely Identifiable Vehicles, so the more play that happens on the Smart Track, the higher the levels climb on the free app. Kids can also learn Swift, Apple’s programming language, through interactive storylines, puzzles and Augmented Reality. The easy-to-use invention kits from Makey Makey allows you to hook up your world to your computer. Tinker with alligator clips and learn about conductive objects and materials in the world. Get hands-on and make learning fun, just like how we incorporate Makey Makey in our Young Computer Scientists classes too. Build your own sensors, musical instruments and light-up circuits with Scratch and Arduino – the projects you can do are endless!

Find out more here.

$159.99 from Amazon

mBot

Looking for a fun and affordable robot for a beginner programmer? You’ve got the mBot. 

This four-wheeled STEAM education robot lets children learn about machinery and electronics, fundamentals of programming, and develop their design and logical thinking skills. The mBot comes with an instruction manual, which makes it easy for children to set up and pair with the app (Scratch and Arduino). The cute robot also motivates kids to experience the joys of making, which is why we have it as part of our Young Computer Scientists curriculum.

Find out more here.

From $109.90, available in blue and pink, from Toytag and Playhao.

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