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”

Read the full article here!


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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!

24th NOI banner

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.

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.

Smart Nation and U - Heng Swee Keat
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.

Mr S Iswaran - IMDA Partners Appreciation Ceremony
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

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!

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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.

Learning Beautiful Singapore - Learning at Home Set

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

Image of Enea Testa ICS Scratch Ages 7-9
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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lTDAsQVydk

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! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEfzBL2T-tE

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. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWmA4_nW2uw

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMTaYynQ1wg

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpClMZf3M88

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fK9y20f28NQ

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. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJpRUr-oPkA

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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOfvqI-65kg

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYVvj36igf4

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHgn6px05ts

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. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD4HIU3_h7o

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!

Read: STEAM is the new STEM


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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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March is one of our most anticipated months of the year, because – you’ve guessed it – March holidays are coming! And just because we can’t go overseas doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything exciting going on. From creating your own Star Wars character to exploring digital exhibitions from the comfort of your home, there certainly is March to do.

Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition

Since 1997, Star Wars has occupied the imaginations of science-fiction fans, going on to become one of the most iconic movie franchises ever! Inspiring many futuristic technologies, you now get the chance to see spacecrafts and holograms up close. With close to 200 original props, costumes, models and artwork from the film, head over to the ArtScience Museum to immerse yourself in the Star Wars world. May the Force be with you!

Details:
Exhibition is ongoing, lasts till 13 June 2021
Location: ArtsScience Museum
Prices: From $20
*Can use SingaporeRediscover vouchers
To register or for more information, click here.


Aliwal Tracks

Are you feeling a little lazy? Want to do something from the comfort of your couch? Aliwal Tracks is the perfect virtual exhibition for you! Wander the streets of Kampung Gelam (Kampong Glam) with this web series of digital performances, behind-the-scenes footage and explore hidden street art!

Details:
Price: Free
Location: Online
Date: Till 5 March
For more information, click here.


Got To Move

Here’s a riddle for you: What do Augmented Reality, dance and Instagram have in common? Well, this year’s Got To Move (GTM) event has really outdone itself! GTM is a nationwide dance movement that celebrates the diversity of dance in Singapore. In its sixth edition, it’s getting bigger and going digital, from creating Instagram dance filters, to putting up live performances on AR app, XITY!

Details:
Location: Online
Date: Ongoing till 28 March 2021
The AR app XITY is downloadable on both Android and Apple devices.
To find out more, click here.


March Holiday Camp

March into our exciting holiday camps and have tons of fun learning how to code! We’ve got a wide variety of classes (38, to be exact!) specially designed to build a strong programming foundation for ages 4 to 18. 😉⁣⁣

Details:
15 March – 9 April 2021
Parkway Parade, Bukit Timah (KAP Mall) and Online
To find out more, click here.

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


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Today, we get to know our educator, Edmund! He is a common sight in many of our Python classes, and it’s hard to miss his hearty laughter when you’re on our campus. Armed with a Masters in Mathematics, Edmund is always jovial and ready to lend a helping hand to his students.

Hi Edmund, what was your first encounter with coding like?

I would say that my very first experience with coding was during my tertiary days when I went to find out how to create a game similar to MapleStory with added features like PVP (player versus player) to play with my friends.

Cool! Did this inspire you to take Mathematics in university?

Since young, I have always loved solving challenging problems and I wanted to know more behind mathematical concepts. I competed frequently in Primary and Secondary school at the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC), International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) as well as the National Mathematical Olympiad of Singapore ( NMO∑) where I scored Distinctions and won various awards for my school. Thus, it was only natural that I went on to complete a Masters programme in Mathematics. My Math background led to a strong understanding of Computer Science as I was exposed to programming languages such as MATLAB and R. The training I underwent enabled me to fully understand the reasoning and process of mathematical concepts. With that, I am able to explain to my students exactly what we are coding when I teach.

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Edmund, always cheerful!

Wow! Okay, so are there any differences or similarities between the studies of Mathematics and Computer Science?

Coding is very similar to Mathematics where we make use of our problem-solving and logical skills. The thinking processes for both are very similar. The thinking and algorithmic logic is more important than which programming language we choose to use when coding (there are many that go in and out of fashion). Also, coding problems often require the usage of math. For instance, to code up a function that calculates x and y coordinates of a point might require mathematical concepts such as the Pythagoras Theorem. Many students we put up for the National Olympiad in Informatics also have very strong background in Math Olympiad. The two are indeed deeply connected.

So how did you go from Mathematics to teaching coding?

I always enjoyed teaching and instructing. During my National Service, I was an instructor for the National Civil Defence Cadet Corps (NCDCC). I taught my recruits lifesaving skills, brought them through foot drills and exposed them to outdoor adventure activities. It was a great motivation to see my cadets’ faces light up with joy and pride when they graduated from a course or successfully completed an activity. Even before my National Service, I was an assistant teacher for an enrichment programme provider which held quality programmes and holiday camps for preschools to secondary levels. So, I guess it was quite natural for me to move towards a career in teaching.

I heard that you taught yourself Python, which is pretty impressive! Could you take us through what that was like?

I learnt Python with the help of online platforms like YouTube! I was interested to know more about programming languages and researched online. I found out that Python was one of the most widely used languages. Then, I spent many hours watching tutorials, some videos were even 13 – 17 hours long, where I had to watch them at 2x speed. 🙂 It also helped that Coding Lab has very comprehensive teaching materials for Educators to grasp, practice and stay abreast of the latest curriculum and the community we build with other fellow tutors and students is a warm, close-knit one. I’m glad that I could easily depend on my teammates to help out if I needed anything!

Coding excites me, especially when I have spent a long time trying to debug a program and it finally works. This satisfaction is what I seek to inspire in my students for them to excel in coding!

What do you like best about teaching coding?

The best part about teaching coding is that I am able to continue learning even while I am teaching. You will be amazed at how creative and innovative the students can be with their ideas and the way they code. Some of them even have ideas that I would never have thought of!

What’s your teaching style like?

I try my best to always make my lesson fun and enjoyable. For instance, I’ll relate the lesson to topics that the students are into, making it more interactive. Sometimes I even use terms and references from games they play, or popular and trending videos they are likely to watch!

What did you think was so important about coding that you decided to join this industry?

I personally think that kids should learn how to code as technology is always advancing. Understanding how the computers work and learning coding helps the kids appreciate how things work and the ability to solve problems is a life skill that will stay with them!

We all know that motivating children can be tough, so how do you do it?

I believe that encouragement motivates people. A little goes a long way and every small encouragement will make the student feel more motivated to continue coding. I set goals for my students and support them in meeting those goals and even challenge them to go even further.

What is your most memorable teaching experience thus far?

My best teaching experience at Coding Lab so far would be one class where my students were all fans of the online comedian character, Uncle Roger, who makes parodies of cooking shows. We had programs done by the students under humorous names like “Egg Fried Rice”. They even compared me, “Uncle Edmund”, to “Uncle Roger”! It was a lot of fun and laughter while still being able to teach the skills and know-how of Python.

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Edmund with his curious Advanced Computer Scientists students

Do you intend to continue teaching coding in the future?

Definitely! In fact, ever since I started coding and teaching it, I have a slight regret of not taking more modules in Computer Science during my Masters. I’m glad to be at Coding Lab, where I have the opportunity to pick up as much coding as I want and even impart this to many others. Coding excites me, especially when I have spent a long time trying to debug a program and it finally works. This satisfaction is what I seek to inspire in my students for them to excel in coding!

Finally, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I am still a volunteer with the NCDCC. It was through this organisation that I had the opportunities to learn so many skills (lifesaving, rescue, outdoor adventure, etc). I’ve had many memorable experiences in the Corps. I once mentored a cadet who almost went astray due to family issues and bad company. He felt unappreciated back home and felt that he was being forced to attend the course that he had no interest in. I told him that if he wants others to appreciate him, he should first learn to appreciate himself. “Don’t try to change others, change yourself,” I said. When he graduated from secondary school, he even came back as a Cadet Lieutenant volunteer. On the day of his passing out parade, he asked me to be the one to help put his rank on for him. The moment I buttoned his rank on, I was overjoyed! NCDCC is my way of giving back to the society, by teaching, training and being a role model for the future generation 🙂

Thank you, Edmund, for taking the time to share your journey with us! We hope you continue to inspire our future generation of coders and be the role model that you already are, as a teacher, mentor, and more!