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? In fact, 90% of emails contain some form of malware!
In fact, on 5 May 2000, a computer worm referred to as Love Bug or Love Letter For You infected over ten million Windows personal computers as it spread as an email message with the subject line “ILOVEYOU” and the attachment “LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.TXT.vbs”.
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!
Details: 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.
Details: 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!
Duration of each video is less than 10 minutes (bite-sized indeed!) and are 💯 free to watch.
Details: 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured! We look forward to receiving your submissions. 🤩✨
Details: 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 forages 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!
It’s a brand new month and that means… another exciting line-up of techtivities (tech+activities)! You can add these into your growing to-do list now that we’re out of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert). 😉
Before we get started, let’s begin with September’s #TechFact on memory technology.
Did you knowthat One Petabyte (PB) = 1024 (TB)? To put this in perspective, a 50PB hard drive could hold the entire written works of mankind from the beginning of recorded history in all languages!
In fact, in 2017, Facebook, Google and YouTube accounted for approximately 35,000 PB of data generated – you could actually store our cumulative recorded history 700 times over! 😲
Are you ready for September’s Techtivities now? Keep scrolling to discover what you and your family can indulge in this month!
Google Doodle Champion Island Games (Tokyo Olympics 2020)
Feeling the Olympics blues? You can still experience it with Google Doodle. Google came up with a creative way to mark the start of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 – that is with an animated athletics game called Doodle Champion Island Games!
The role-playing game is filled with seven sport mini-games, legendary opponents, dozens of side quests and more! You will join the cathlete (cat-athlete), Lucky, to defeat each sport champion and collect all seven sacred scrolls.
With its retro visuals, the game is reminiscent of the old Game Boy days and serves as a good past-time activity! Isn’t it so awesome how technology can be used to create such projects to complement and hype events like the Olympics?
Details: Includes: 7 mini-games, side quests and more! Price: Free To find out more, click here.
As restrictions ease, why not plan an educational time to the zoo for your family? You can go on a mesmerising multi-sensory journey into the lush rainforest of the Singapore Zoo – the Rainforest Lumina! They’ve got 10 zones that are complete with immersive audiovisual and lights that will dazzle both young and old.
You will get to meet the Creature Crew, a heroic group of eight virtual animals who will accompany you on your adventure. From an orangutan to a white tiger, pangolin, hornbills, and more, they will help keep you #woke on eco issues!
Described as a “multimedia night walk on the wild side”, it is now in its third and final season since starting in 2018 – don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience it! It’s so amazing to see the kind of events that can be made when we bring technology into it – this Tech x Nature event is just spectacular – and gets you wondering more about how else technology can intersect with other aspects of life.
Details: Includes: An immersive multi-sensory journey into the lush rainforest of Singapore Zoo When: Until 13 February 2022 Price: Child – $14, Adult/Youth – $18, Local Senior Citizen – $14 Learn more or sign up here.
Learning Beautiful’s Coding Meets Science Webinar
Learning Beautiful Singapore has a series of webinars that you can watch to broaden your understanding of computer science – they’ve conducted some on interesting topics like Montessori at Home and All About Pixels!
Their last one: Coding Meets Science will go live on Saturday, 4 September at 10am! You can join the Co-Founder of Coding Lab, Candice Wang, as she shares the importance of STEM and how you can begin laying the foundation in your children’s lives. If you’ve got any burning questions on STEM, you can send them in and get them answered in real-time too!
*Recommended for parents with kids ages 3 to 9
Details: Coding Meets Science takes place on Saturday, 4 September 2021 at 10am (Click on ‘Going!’ if you can make it 😉) Location: Facebook Live Price: Free Includes: Hour-long webinars (recorded) To find out more, click here.
Don’t miss out on our October Holiday Coding Camps
Are you all set to welcome the month of October? 🙌 Let your little one discover a new skill with us when they join our exciting October Holiday Coding Camps!
Coding is a good activity that your child can try out as they get to improve their logical thinking and computational skills. Here’s an overview of what we got: Our primary school students can start off their programming journey with Scratch (ages 7-9) or App Inventor (ages 10-12), while our older kids get to explore Python, a global top 5 programming language (ages 10-12 and ages 13-18!)
You can choose to join our classes physically at any of our centres or online at the comfort of home! Either way, you’ll get to experience our award-winning curriculum. 🏆
Details: When: 11-15 October & 18-21 October 2021 Location: Online, Parkway Parade, Bukit Timah (KAP Mall) Price: $375.25 To find out more, click here.
If you haven’t seen our previous techtivity recommendations, check out our August #TechtivitiesOfTheMonth, which includes more cool tech-related activities you can do with friends and family!
Let’s get to know our wonderful educator, Salena Arsad! Having had experience teaching core subjects with the Ministry of Education, she decided to broaden her horizons and challenged herself to learn and teach programming at Coding Lab. Her bright and cheerful disposition is sure to encourage her students to learn as best as they can!
Hi Salena, tell us more about yourself!
Hello, I’m Salena and I graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Master of Education specialising in Developmental Psychology!
It’s amazing that you graduated with a Master of Education! How did your passion for education ignite?
I would say that my passion for teaching appeared gradually. Just before I got my undergraduate degree, there was this period of uncertainty whereby one would decide which career path to follow. My family and friends suggested that I should try teaching because of my character and personality. I was sceptical but took a leap of faith and it kind of snowballed from there. Now, I’ve set my mind that teaching is my path.
What made you take the leap from teaching core subjects in primary schools to teaching programming at Coding Lab?
I guess a bout of bravery to dive into something entirely new. I just felt that it was time for me to challenge myself and see whether I would be able to open up and pick up a whole new world of knowledge. It’s never too late to learn a new skill!
Why do you think it is important to teach coding to our kids?
Over the years, there’s been this continuous shift towards a more technologically inclined society. From the initiation of coding classes as a Primary 6 post-PSLE programme to the recent Home-Based Learning during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, we can see why we need to be tech-savvy in order to survive in the coming years.
That’s why I think that it is important to teach coding to kids as it will give them a head start to live in this type of society. Of course, in coding, there are other aspects such as analytical skills and problem-solving skills, and all these are relevant in everyday life too.
What encourages you to keep teaching?
What keeps me going is the determination to learn as much as I can (in coding, teaching, and even from my students!), my intrinsic motivation to nurture the future generation and the sense of satisfaction I get when I see positive end results. Plus, where else would you get a group of children who would look at you starry-eyed and wowing as they realise that they are learning interesting materials? But classes are not always fun and games! There are some instances of seriousness, and there will also be excitement and laughter.
“Where else would you get a group of children who would look at you starry-eyed and wowing as they realise that they are learning interesting materials?”
What is your most memorable teaching experience thus far?
One of my most memorable teaching experiences was during a Young Computer Scientists class. Our project that day was one that would draw circles in different sizes and colours. When I showed my students the demo project and pressed random keys to create a random artwork, they were immediately mesmerised and couldn’t wait to programme it.
As they coded, there were countless “Wow”s and “Wah”s from so many students. One particular student was so intrigued and touched that he got to learn something so cool that he started thanking me for teaching him this fantastic project. I was so amused at his reaction that I remember it to this day.
Finally, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I’m an avid reader so I enjoy reading a variety of materials such as fiction books, manhwa(South Korean comics), and manga. Random fun fact: I finished reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 8 hours straight back when I was in Primary 5. I was such a bookworm even as a kid. Besides reading, I also enjoy exploring new places like cafes and limited-time attractions. It’s so fun to wander around new locations and get lost along the way. What an adventure!
Thank you, Salena, for sharing your exciting journey with us! We know that you’ll continue to inspire and impart worthwhile coding knowledge to our young and budding coders.
To get you geared up for the wonderful list of techtivities (tech + activities!) we’ve got for you this month, here’s an interesting tech fact about the month of August!
Did you know that on August 10, 1966, the first NASA robotic spacecraft to circle the moon was launched?
Aptly named, “Lunar Orbiter I”, it had the mission to take possible landing sites for future Apollo missions (NASA’s human and robotic missions to the Moon)!
Now that we’re all warmed up, keep scrolling to discover exciting techtivities that you and your family can indulge in this month! 😉
Upgrade yourself with SkillsFuture Month
Themed “Open new possibilities when you upskill”, the SkillsFuture Month 2021 organised by SkillsFuture Singapore has an exciting line-up of interactive learning events such as webinars, virtual workshops, forums and roadshows. Topics covered include Graphic Design to Data Science, Fintech and even writing basics – all from the experts. No matter what stage you’re at in life right now, you can choose to upskill and expand your career opportunities!
Running from 8 July to 22 August, SkillFuture is the perfect opportunity for you to get a head start on your lifelong journey. It’s truly amazing to see how technology can grant us access to a wealth of knowledge and help us to upskill and better ourselves!
Details: Dates: 8 July – 22 August 2021 Location: Online and selected physical locations for roadshows Price: Free To find out more, click here.
Smart Nation x Coding Lab Coding Workshops for Ages 4-18 (Free!)
Coding Lab is excited to be working with Smart Nation Singapore as part of the #SmartNationTogether2021 series to bring FREE ONLINE coding workshops just for you!
We’ve got a lineup of fun, 2-hour introductory workshops (for ages 4 to 12) where students get to program a National Day fireworks animation, design a game in Augmented Reality (AR) or even dabble in Machine Learning as we train our computers to recognise if we have our masks on.
Isn’t it awesome that we can easily learn a new skill all thanks to technology? 😎
Details: Available dates: 7 & 8 August, 18 September 2021 Location: Online Price: Free To find out more, click here.
Watch Coding Bytes – Karate Chop
Coding Lab’s latest video series Coding Bytes is the best way to learn even more programming if you’re looking for something easy and quick to digest! Follow our step-by-step tutorial videos with your little ones by your side and be introduced to the wonderful world of Scratch.
Join Tutor Swetha in the second video of the series – Karate Chop as she teaches us how we can create an exciting game using Augmented Reality! 👩💻We’ve got more exciting videos coming right up, so keep your eyes peeled for them and subscribe to our channel for more! We truly hope that you and your child will enjoy creating awesome projects together. 🤗
Details: Includes: Engaging, fun and quick tutorials on Scratch programming Watch the series here.
Learning Beautiful’s DIY Home Activities Webinar
Learning Beautiful understands the growing need to prepare young children for a future filled with technology. Hence, they’ve prepared a series of wonderful webinars that you can watch to broaden your understanding of computer science!
Details: DIY Home Activitiestakes place on Saturday, 7 August 2021 at 10am (Click on ‘Going!’ if you can make it 😉) Location: Facebook Live Price: Free Includes: Hour-long webinars (recorded) Watch them here.
Join our Spectacular September Coding Camps!
Our September Holiday Camps are just a month away and they are open for registration! 🤩
We’ve got something for kids of all ages – from enriching classes for our little Junior Coders (ages 4-6), to starting off with the colourful drag-and-drop Scratch programming (ages 7-9) or App Inventor (ages 10-12), and to getting your basics right with Python Meets Math courses (ages 10-12 and ages 13-18)!
We’ll be sure to deliver our very best so that your child can get the most out of our lessons, be it online or physical. ✨
Details: Date: 6 to 10 September 2021 Location: Online, Parkway Parade, King Albert Park Price: From $375.25 To find out more, click 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!
Our Young Computer Scientists (YCS) students are always up for an adventure when they step into class. Every lesson is a chance to learn and discover something new and there’s certainly never a dull moment with our dedicated teachers!
Coding Lab’s YCS course (for ages 7 to 9) offers 12 unique research areas curated by our curriculum team. It exposes our students to the diverse fields of application for coding and broadens their understanding and the power of computational thinking. This ultimately serves as a platform for students to put on their thinking hats and be nurtured into lifelong learners.
You might be thinking: What exactly is Lifelong Learning?
Lifelong learning is integrating living and learning for people of all ages – from cradle to grave. This is done through learning opportunities to continuously improve the knowledge and skills needed for personal fulfilment and future employment. It is a key perspective not only for youths, but for everyone.
The six pillars on lifelong learning include technologies for learning and learning to learn. In recent years, and as most of us use technology to bridge gaps in the past year, we increasingly use the internet for information, communication and participation in learning activities. This goes hand-in-hand with independent, self-directed learning – all important elements that encourage the pursuit of 21st-century learning.
Today’s world is fast-changing and there is a growing need to be able to forecast futures and adapt. What does this mean for our little ones? It’s important for them to be confident in their tech skills so that positive attitudes and values about lifelong learning will be inculcated at a young age. This would shape them into empowered individuals who can seize opportunities and support independent efforts in a lifelong journey of learning and taking on the world.
How do our young ones benefit from Lifelong Learning?
Our Young Computer Scientists hone their knowledge and thinking skills through 12 research areas, which comprises 3 groups of classes: Hardware-Based Learning, Applied Learning, and Subject-Based Learning.
Through the course, students have fun and see the real-world applicability of coding, such as how they can instruct the mBots to move or light up in our Hardware-Based Learning classes. They get to further solidify what they learnt in school when they see it come to life with codes, such as applying the concept of physics and gravity (just like this platformer game!) in our Subject-Based Learning classes. They can also dive deeper into relevant and interesting concepts, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning in our Applied Learning classes.
The YCS course covers a good mix to give our students a holistic and hands-on experience. Our students get to explore various topics and learn coding through fun, which hones their curiosity. Inspired and intrigued by what they’ve learnt in class, many of our students take a step further and even improve their coding abilities on their own.
As they independently deepen their knowledge in computational thinking and solve more problems, they level up and gain confidence, improving their ability to tackle all sorts of tasks in the future, and increasing their overall success in lifelong learning.
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 groups by the time they complete at least a minimum of 6 research areas.
Gotta catch ’em all! Each research area has a corresponding badge that students can collect and advance their coding skills.
“I feel happy learning how to code and I really like that I can learn a variety of topics in YCS. My favourite modules are the Mathematics (Measurement) and Physics – I love working with Mathematical formulas and was able to learn how to convert them from paper to operators on Scratch!”
– Issey, 9, Tao Nan Primary School
Covering 1 YCS research area typically takes 10 hours. In order to progress to the next level, students are required to complete at least 6 (minimum) to 8 (recommended) research areas, but some of our students love what they explore in the course so much that they sign up for more!
“YCS has made me more interested in coding. I have learnt how to figure out what is wrong with my code and to always persevere when debugging them. My favourite thing in YCS is coding the mBot to make it move, dance and follow the infinity line. My tutor always challenged me to add more blocks to my code if I managed to complete my assignment earlier.”
– Aaden Yeo, 8, St Stephen’s School
As students explore new themes, they are introduced to new principles each class, then tasked with the challenge of coding the solutions to it. Our dedicated and experienced tutors are there to nudge students in the right direction, encouraging them to find their own solutions through step-by-step processes. This ensures that they fully understand and can apply the concepts that they’ve learnt, gaining self-confidence and independence along the way – ultimately paving the way for a future of lifelong learning.
“In YCS, I ensure that my students enjoy their learning and encourage them to explore independently. This challenges their critical thinking and develops creativity. There’s never a dull moment, especially when they get their codes to work. The best part is that coding doesn’t only happen in class – my students often embark on their own projects at home – which they then proudly show me!”
– Rachel Chong, Educator
Coding Lab believes in teaching coding in a fun and engaging manner that nurtures curiosity and exploration at a young age – a key motivator in cultivating lifelong learning. Our YCS classes impart fundamentals and the know-how tech skills for students to embark on independent, self-directed learning in the journey towards lifelong learning.
It’s like the Chinese proverb, “活到老, 学到老”, which means “live until you’re old, learn until you’re old”. When students own their learning, it sticks with them!
As we resume back to Phase 3 (heightened alert) from 14 June, we hope that you continue to stay safe and healthy while staying home as much as you can for the time being. 🏠
If you’re unsure of how you can spend meaningful time with your loved ones from the comfort of home, we’ve got a line-up of exciting techtivities just for you – check ‘em out below!
Fun Papercraft with Canon’s Creative Park
Canon has a wide range of FREE downloadable papercraft kits that are not just fun and exciting, but educational as well! You can assemble a variety of things like extraordinary crafts from NASA, locomotives and realistic animals – and by doing so, discover just how much tech has advanced for space research, gain deeper knowledge of the things around us and so much more.
It’s amazing to see how technology can bring us all together – access to such materials like this papercraft activity would be so fun to do with family and friends!
Details: Includes: Downloadable cut-out worksheet and detailed worksheet of instructions To find out more and access FREE activity sheets, click here.
Travelling around the World from Home
Tick off your bucket list with Google Earth or Google Street View and explore the places you’ve been wanting to visit from different angles! With millions of panoramic images to look at, you’ll get a wonderful virtual representation of the places you’ve been wanting to see.
Isn’t that cool? And this is all thanks to the awesome advancements in technology! In fact, panoramic images are taken using specialised software or equipment that captures images with horizontally elongated fields of view.
You can even go on to Explore.org, where there are up to 100 livestreams of really cool places – take the Northern Lights for example. All made readily available for your viewing pleasure. Simply click away!
You can now not only visit and explore museums in Singapore, but also in other countries as well – all thanks to Google Arts and Culture! View digital exhibitions and go on virtual tours at famous places and galleries across the world.
Some examples include The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, and even the Borobudur in Indonesia!
They’ve even got a special segment called Google Arts and Culture Experiments created by artists and creative coders. It’s filled with digital games like puzzles, crosswords and even an art colouring book – so if you ever need a breather from work or study, you know where to go!
Details: Includes: High-definition artworks, 360° videos and more To start museum-hopping, click here.
Watch Coding Bytes – Learn bite-sized Scratch
Have you been wanting to learn programming? Coding Lab’s latest video series Coding Bytes is the best way to learn if you’re looking for something easy and quick to digest! Follow our step-by-step tutorial videos with your little ones by your side and be introduced to the wonderful world of Scratch.
Details: Includes: Engaging, fun and quick tutorials on Scratch programming Location: YouTube Price: Free Watch the series here.
Look Out for Learning Beautiful’s Webinars
Learning Beautiful understands the growing need to prepare young children for a future filled with technology and they’ve got beautiful material sets designed for children to playfully explore the basics of computer science.
They’ve got two more coming up soon, featuring our Co-Founder in Coding Meets Science for the month of July, so do keep an eye out for them to further your learning of this extraordinary subject – if you watch them live, you can even send in your questions and have them answered in real-time!
Details: Includes: Hour-long webinars (recorded) Location: Facebook Live Price: Free Watch them here.
Summer Holiday Coding Camps
As we resume Phase 3 (heightened alert), our physical classes are also BACK and we’ve got limited seats left. Quickly grab your spot – we are more than thrilled and can’t wait to welcome your child to our campuses!
We will still be offering online classes – the whole 360 package which includes LIVE conferences with tutors, video-on-demand, online questions and many more!
Rest assured that no matter which type of class you choose, we strive to ensure that your child gets the best learning experience possible – and be nurtured into future leaders of technology.
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 June #TechtivitiesOfTheMonth, which includes more cool tech-related activities (a printable, colourful bucket list for the family too) that you can do with friends and family at home!
What time is it? Summer time! While we stay home (again) with Phase 2’s heightened measures, here’s a list of fun techtivities you can do with your family in the comfort of your own homes!
In the event of these heightened measures, we hope that you take the necessary precautions when going out and continue to stay safe and healthy! Keep holding on! 💪
Watch Theatre Storytelling Sessions Online
Gateway Arts Limited have super fun storytelling sessions suitable for children ages 3 to 7 years old (on-demand available). This June, they have a lineup of FREE and paid online sessions that you and your child can enjoy!
With fable titles like Tiger Loses His Stripes and The Brave Dragons, you can spend the holidays gaining memorable lessons that your child (and even you!) can benefit from in order to better navigate the world.
Details: Online Price: Free – $20 To check out and book their sessions, click here.
Experience #MuseumFromHome by the National Museum
This timeless repository of online resources and programmes developed by the National Museum will surely keep your family entertained for hours on end! Get curious and learn through technology, and even learn about technology, such as the Setron TV (Hint: It’s a locally assembled television in the 1970s). Access free video tutorials on arts and crafts, baking and science, that are suitable for all to enjoy and great for family bonding! You can even download and print activity sheets to do as a family.
Since we are advised to stay home these days, why not bring the outdoors to you? Keep your house fresh and green by planting your own edible plants. Here’s a helpful playlist by NParks on how you can grow your own! They show how to grow herbs like lime and basil, as well as vegetables like eggplant and lady’s fingers. Best of all, you can learn from the NParks experts from home, all thanks to technology.
Join little space explorers Peppy and Lili as they embark on a mission to locate their missing eggs in the tropical wilderness of Singapore! Piqolo Kids comics are the perfect way to introduce STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to young ones aged 6 to 9 (younger and older kids can enjoy too!).
Volume 2 of the exciting series will be coming out this June, so keep your eyes peeled for it! Meanwhile, Volume 1 is on sale – it’s adorable and jam-packed full of fun activities for your little ones to get acquainted with STEM.
Details: Includes: Activity book, character cards, sticker and translation sheet Price: $8 with free shipping To find out more and access FREE activity sheets, click here.
Summer Holiday Coding Camps
All of our Coding Lab classes are now online. But fret not, our complete e-learning solution includes live video conferences with our tutors, online questions, video-on-demand and everything you need to fully understand the material. Experience our award-winning curriculum from the comfort of home – some have said that it is easier to navigate than MOE’s Home-Based Learning!
Check out this video of our 5-year-old junior coder in action:
Details: Online Date: 31 May to Mid August Price: From $375.25 To find out more, click here.
The Ultimate Stay-At-Home Summer Bucket List For Families
We’ve compiled the exciting techtivities above into this ultimate checklist specially made for you and your family! Feel free to download the printable A4 version here – you and your kids can add to the bucket list with their own favourite things to do too!
Download and make your own bucket list!
If you haven’t seen our previous techtivity recommendations, check out our May #TechtivitiesOfTheMonth, which includes more cool tech-related activities you can do with friends and family!
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!
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 . 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 . They can come in the form of a song, rhyme, acronym, image, phrase, or sentence . 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 ! How cool is that?
Here is an example of a mnemonic in Math – the BODMAS:
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 !
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 . 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.
“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
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 .
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 .
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Category: Python Ages 10-12
People’s Choice Award: Dhanvin Mohan Ram
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
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
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.
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.
It takes a lot of brain power to code, and as the brain takes up about 20% of the body’s calories, it’s super important to eat the right foods to stay energised and healthy! The Coding Lab team has assembled the best list of brain foods that you can eat to keep those brain cells active – check them out below. 🧠💪
The egg yolks in eggs are rich in choline, which is an important micronutrient needed by our bodies to help regulate mood and memory. The B vitamins that eggs contain also help to slow down the progression of mental decline, synthesise brain chemicals and regulate the sugar levels in the brain.
If coding’s on your to-do list for the day, make sure to start it right – with a sunny side up!
2. Dark chocolate
Flavonoids present in the cocoa in dark chocolate are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits. Antioxidants are able to help prevent oxidative stress, which contributes to age-related cognitive decline as they damage cells in the body. In short, antioxidants often go hand-in-hand with anti-aging.
Dark chocolate is also known to contain less sugar than other types of chocolate, and with the presence of polyphenols – which help to improve insulin sensitivity – they help to control our blood sugar levels.
Now that you know the goodness dark chocolate brings, don’t forget to set aside a few bars for your next coding session!
3. Fatty Fish
Fatty fish is abundant in Omega-3. The Omega-3 fatty acids are capable of building cell membranes in the body, like those in the eyes and the brain. Thus, they are able to improve our vision as well as the structure of our brain cells – known as neurons – which are vital in transmitting information between the brain and the rest of the nervous system.
Ingredients: • 8 medium sized (or 900 to 1130 grams of) russet potatoes, halved or quartered into 1-inch pieces • 5 tablespoons of olive oil, divided • Kosher salt, to taste • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste • 57 grams unsalted butter, melted • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice • 2 to 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard • Four 170 grams skin on salmon fillets • Fresh parsley (optional for garnishing)
Instructions: 1. Preheat your oven to ~220°C (425°F). Line a baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminium foil for easier cleanup and spray with cooking spray. Add the potatoes and evenly drizzle 3 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Evenly season with salt and pepper and toss with your hands to combine and evenly coat. Bake for 15 minutes or until potatoes are about 75% done. 2. While the potatoes are baking, in a small microwavable bowl, heat up the butter for about 45 seconds. Add the lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and stir to combine; set aside. 3. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip the potatoes to ensure even cooking. Add the salmon-fillets skin-down, evenly drizzle with the remaining 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil and nestle the potatoes around the salmon. 4. Evenly drizzle about two-thirds of the lemon butter Dijon mixture over the salmon fillets. Evenly drizzle the remaining one-third over the potatoes. 5. Evenly season the salmon with salt and pepper, to taste. 6. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the salmon and potatoes are done. The salmon should flake easily and the potatoes should be fork-tender. 7. Garnish with parsley (optional) and serve immediately. Recipe is best fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Berries are delicious to snack on and they’re full of fibre, vitamins and minerals. They’ll definitely give your brain a boost of energy – set a bowl of good berries next to you on your next coding session and you’re set for a productive time.
Some berries that you can easily get from your nearest market are: ✓ Strawberries ✓ Blueberries ✓ Raspberries ✓ Cranberries ✓ Grapes
5. Whole grains
Whole grains are good sources of vitamin E which has powerful antioxidant properties. As a fat-soluble antioxidant, it’s able to cross the blood-brain barrier and protect fats from oxidation, hence reducing oxidative stress on the brain!
Some examples of whole grains include: ✓ Brown rice ✓ Oatmeal ✓ Whole-wheat bread ✓ Whole-wheat pasta ✓ Whole-wheat crackers
Got a few ripe bananas sitting on your kitchen counter? Whip ’em up into a loaf of delicious banana bread!
Ingredients: • 2 to 3 ripe bananas, peeled (about 160 to 192 grams mashed) • 76 grams unsalted butter, melted • 1 large egg, beaten • 150 grams sugar • 1 teaspoon baking soda • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • Pinch of salt • 204 grams of all-purpose flour
Instructions: 1. Preheat your oven to 175°C (350°F), and butter a 4×8-inch loaf pan. 2. In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas. 3. Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour. 4. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour at 175°C (350°F), or until a tester inserted into the centre comes out clean. 5. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Afterwards, remove the banana bread from the pan and let cool completely before slicing and serving.
Eat up those greens! Although different vegetables exert their effects on the brain through different mechanisms, they share the common trend of having antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and cytoprotective properties. An example would be cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower and brussels sprouts that contain compounds which can prevent oxidative damage and fight cancer cells!
Do you have trouble getting your kids to eat those greens? We’ve got a trick up our sleeves for you. Check out this amazing cauliflower rice recipe below!
Try out this recipe: Cauliflower Rice(Super easy!)
Instructions: 1. Wash and thoroughly dry cauliflower, then remove all the greens. 2. You can choose to either use a box grater or a food processor! If using a box grater, cut the cauliflower into large chunks and use the medium-sized holes of the box grater to grate into ‘rice’. If using a food processor, cut into small pieces and use the grater attachment to grate the cauliflower into ‘rice’. 3. Transfer to a clean paper towel and press to remove any moisture (that can make your dish soggy!) 4. You can enjoy your cauliflower rice cooked or raw! You can cook your cauliflower rice by sautéing in a pan over medium heat with 1 tablespoon of oil. Cover with a lid to make the cauliflower stems more tender! Cook for a total of 5-8 minutes and season as desired. 5. You can use cauliflower rice in recipes that call for rice – like fried rice! You can store the leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Uncooked cauliflower rice can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month.
We hope that these foods will keep your minds sharp and more focused when coding! Make sure to include them in your shopping list for the next time you go to the market and don’t forget to share this with your friends and family! 😉
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