Ryan, our upbeat and passionate educator, brings a wealth of experience to his classes from his time teaching overseas to his impressive work at the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and Ministry of Defence (MINDEF). With a knack for breaking down complex coding concepts, he aspires to inculcate an exploratory and forward-thinking attitude in our students so that each child will be prepared for the digital world ahead!

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Ryan was a Senior Engineer at DSTA for 5 years and was also involved with system used by leading data scientists for MINDEF.

How did you first become interested in coding?

I have always believed that technology will be key for the future economy and decided to take a plunge into it when I first applied to Nanyang Technological University to do Computer Science. I had many chances to be exposed to different types of programming languages, so I learnt that there were many different applications of coding.

Now that I’m teaching coding, it requires me to keep learning to keep up with the changes in technology. I love the way technology is able to make life easier and more seamless!

How did you discover your passion for teaching?

When I volunteered at church as a Sunday School teacher for Primary 1 to Primary 6 students, I received a lot of great feedback. I generally enjoy communicating with people and teaching, so I decided to serve the kids overseas as well and gradually started to consider teaching.

Together with my degree in computer science, it was a good job fit when I came across Coding Lab. I love the subjects that I teach and now that I’m given the platform to share about them, it’s only natural for me to do so passionately!

“It gives me great joy to make things simple and easy to understand, so I have lots of analogies, examples and illustrations that interest and help students to grasp the coding concepts.”

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Educator Ryan is enthusiastic in educating his students!

Why do you think that learning to code from young is important?

Learning to code gives the child space to explore many different aspects of technology, such as creating simple games, solving puzzles, to coding more advanced programs. Most importantly for all programmers, it’s fun and doesn’t feel like work!

Can you share about your previous experiences at DSTA and MINDEF?

Oh, it’s highly classified information at my previous full-time jobs! I can share that I was involved in doing documentation and training staff to pick up skills for the job, so the familiarity of it all helps now that I’m teaching children to code.

What do you do apart from being a Coding Lab Educator?

On Saturdays (and some school holidays), you can find me teaching at Coding Lab. On weekdays, I’m a student (of the Bible)! Other than that, I have a love for the art of making coffee and pizza. From intricate coffee tools to having my stone oven shipped over from Italy during the pandemic, I would say I’m pretty serious about it.

Photo of Educator Ryan and his 3 students at Parkway Parade campus, with the male student playing the violin and two female twin siblings watching him
A glimpse of Educator Ryan’s most memorable class.

What is the most memorable class or student you’ve had?

There was this particular Young Computer Scientists class that had a pair of twins and this other kid (whose names I shall not disclose). The twins requested him to bring his violin to class and they started a mini-concert playing and singing along to their favourite song “Faded” by Alan Walker. What a start to the coding class!

Even during the Heightened Alert when classes were fully online again, they continued to virtually jam together with their violin, piano and singing over Zoom! And when it was time to code, they were serious and focused. It was truly unforgettable to see them enjoying their coding classes, getting together to have fun and learn at the same time.

If I stepped into one of your classes, what would I experience?

It gives me great joy to make things simple and easy to understand, so I have lots of analogies, examples and illustrations that interest and help students to grasp the coding concepts. I also love to interact and encourage students to speak up, especially the teens, so you can expect a lot of that – especially from me!

Do you have any final words of advice?

To all the students who are thinking of coding or currently coding, I would say to “Do it now!” To teachers, always think of ways to get your students interested and enjoy your time spent with them!

Thank you, Ryan, for taking the time to have this conversation with us! We hope that you will continue to inspire and nurture many more students with us on Saturdays and in all your other endeavours.

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We were featured in Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报, the largest Singapore-based Chinese-language newspaper, on 22 May 2022! As Singapore advances towards becoming a Smart Nation, what does it mean for younger kids who are learning to code today?

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Yong Ning (right) and Candice originally established a coding school in hopes that their children could learn to code at a young age.

Read our full feature and hear from our Co-Founders, Yong Ning Foo and Candice Wang, as they share the importance of learning to code, their insights on the increasing demand for coding classes for children, and more about how they wanted to teach their children to code – which sparked the beginning of our MIT-inspired coding classes at Coding Lab.

“Coding is a new literacy in the digital age. I hope that my children can grasp this language and build up their computational thinking skills. The computational thinking ability will help to build new systems, simplify processes and solve problems in our daily lives.”

– Yong Ning Foo

Here at Coding Lab, we believe in nurturing future leaders in technology – with our coding classes carefully tailored to introduce coding to children as young as 5 years old.

Our award-winning coding curriculum is curated based on students’ learning abilities, with kinaesthetic activities and block-based programming for younger ones, and incorporates GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level Mathematics for older ones.

Did you know? We have parents of two-year-olds who have registered on our waiting list for our Junior Coders’ Programme.

Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报 also featured our student, 10-year-old Theodore Lee, who learnt to code two years ago and joined Coding Lab when he was 9.

His mother, Queenie, observed that the biggest improvement in Theodore after learning to code was the development of computational thinking, and when met with problems, he will calmly think through the problem step-by-step for a solution.

Today, he is in our Advanced Electives class alongside teenagers ages 13 to 18, and learnt to code this high-level Covid-19 Pandemic Simulator project. Check it out below!

Theodore coded a project that simulated a pandemic based on toggable variables such as vaccination rate and hospitalisation rate. He was awarded Distinction and Most Promising Coder for his impressive entry in the Ages 13 to 18 category.

The amazing 10-year-old (he was age 9 at the time of the project) also did a block-based Scratch programming project rendition of his Covid-19 Pandemic Simulator project and achieved another Distinction and Most Innovative award.

We’re truly honoured and always happy to spread the joy of coding and to shine the spotlight on our students in the media. Read our Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报 feature online here or check out the full translated version here. Thank you to Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报 for the feature!

Read our previous Lianhe Zaobao Feature of our student, Jake, 9 years old, in A Little Somebody

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Now that the holidays are here, you might be wondering which are the best shows and movies that you can engage your children with. Fret not! We’ve got the answer: Educational. Tech. Shows. And movies!

The team at Coding Lab has compiled our top recommendations for your child’s fun and enriching holiday, whether they are aged 4 or they are teenagers. Not only can they stay entertained, but they will also be able to learn a thing or two about technology and the world.

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Note: Most age ratings are based on Common Sense Media‘s recommendations with information from the streaming platform.

1. Ask the Storybots

For Ages: 3+

Available on: Netflix, select episodes on Netflix Jr on YouTube

What it’s about: How do computers work? How do cell phones work? How do airplanes fly? This Netflix Original animated series answers questions from kids through song and fun, with Storybots characters who live in computer parts. To complete their tasks and find the answers to questions, they travel to the “Outer World”. In their journey, they meet other characters who explain how things work and through animation, it makes it easy for young ones to understand and fun for older kids too!

What we like: This two-time Emmy-winning series has an animation style that combines the real world with bright-coloured main characters. Each episode even includes guest stars that make it even more exciting, such as the rapper Snoop Dogg guest-starring as the Operating System in the CPU who explains all about binary codes. Overall, the show depicts the Storybots’ journeys to finding answers in an enjoyable way for kids, full of humour for older ones and educational for all. With big concepts made simple, amazing animations and catchy songs, it is sure to captivate the tiny tots in an educational time!

Duration: 20-28 minutes per episode

2. Brainchild

For Ages: 7+

Available on: Netflix

What it’s about: This show covers topics such as social media, space, motivation, and more in an exciting way. Through scientific experiments, interactive games and illusions, it explores and answers questions that your children might have on the various topics. Hosted by Sahana Srinivasan, the young girl is relatable as she introduces topics and keeps you intrigued. 

What we like: It’s a refreshing take with a witty and humorous host, and a colourful show that gets your children into science, in touch with their emotions, learn more about technology and filled with life lessons about teamwork and kindness. Produced by the creators of the popular Brain Games series, you can be sure that it is engaging and entertaining for a family of various ages! The only downside of it is that it only has 1 season with 13 episodes and many viewers asking for more. 

Duration: 22-24 minutes per episode

3. Coding Bytes

For Ages: 7+

Available on: YouTube

What it’s about: These small, byte-sized video tutorials by our passionate Coding Lab educators invite your little ones to join in the fun to code their own projects at home with Scratch, MIT App Inventor and text-based Python programming language. Through easy-to-follow videos, your children can choose from an array of projects, ranging from a colourful Augmented Reality game to a maze game, as well as a phone app to catch fishes, and more!

What we like: We love that the videos are short and sparks little ones’ interests to explore the programming world even further. There are also checkpoints in the video to encourage children to pause and code alongside to successfully code a project of their own. With simple explanations, demonstrations and colourful graphics, it is engaging and sure to keep your little ones entertained and occupied!

Duration: 5-11 minutes per episode

4. Big Hero 6 – Movie and The Series

For Ages: 7+

Available on: Disney Plus (movie, series)

What it’s about: You may remember how robotics prodigy Hiro and inflatable healthcare robot Baymax captured many hearts when it took to the silver screens 8 years ago. The animated comedy film and its high-tech superhero stars is worth a watch for the young kids (and nostalgic rewatch for the parents!), and you can now continue following the adventures of Hiro and Baymax in a show series as they go up against scientifically-enhanced villains!

What we love: There are lots of possibilities with coding and technology, and we love that the premise of both the movie and series of Big Hero 6 stretches one’s imagination of the world that could be. With a gorgeous animation style, an Asian lead, lots of laughs and heartwarming scenes, it is an enjoyable film that also imparts life lessons (and a great refresher before Baymax! releases end-June.). It also might just inspire your little one to explore more tech!

Duration: 1h 48mins for movie, 24-26 minutes per episode

Did you know? Our students Ages 10 to 12 learn to develop their very own Baymax, a personal healthcare companion, in our Python Junior 1 course. Find out more here!

5. Ron’s Gone Wrong

For Ages: 8+

Available on: Disney Plus

What it’s about: This film is set in a world with social media and follows awkward teenager Barney and his new “Best Friend out of the Box” robot named Ron, whose algorithm was originally designed to help one make friends. Ron then turns out to be a defective robot who goes against his programming. Catch the action-packed adventure as Barney navigates friendship and life with Ron!

What we like: This animated comedy is perfect for family movie night with younger kids. With endearing characters and a heartwarming story, it touches on how technology can help us while also emphasising on the importance of maintaining human connection. We love that it touches on codes, algorithms and digital security – giving a great insight into what goes on behind the technology that we see – while also entertaining through the many antics of Barney and Ron!

Duration: 1h 52mins

6. Veritasium

For Ages: 12+

Available on: YouTube

What it’s about: Want more technology videos for your children to think about? Veritasium explores science and engineering, featuring experiments, expert interviews, demonstrations, and discussions with the public about science. This Youtube channel was created and narrated by Derek Muller, an Australian-Canadian science communicator, filmmaker, television personality and inventor.

What we like about it: Each video is packed with content that will be eye-opening and intriguing. With the help of Derek’s extensive experience in his field, Veritasium is able to explore a myriad of topics in a comprehensive way, with complementary visuals and graphics. You should definitely give this a go and let your children explore whatever topic they are interested in. Given the nature of these topics, you can also join your children in this learning experience and enjoy some quality family bonding time!

Duration: Around 6-30 minutes per video

7. Steve Jobs

For Ages: 14+ (Coarse Language)

Available on: Netflix

What it’s about: Your teenagers may know of Apple, iPhone and Macs, but do they know the story of the fearless visionary who made it? Inspired by the life of Steve Jobs, this film covers the events of the Macintosh launch in 1984, being forced out of Apple, the NeXT Computer in 1988 and then after returning to Apple, the launch of the iMac in 1998. It showcases the genius behind Apple and his flaws, while also putting human connection at the heart of it all. 

What we like: It’s been 11 years since Steve Jobs passed away, so it’s a good way to introduce one of the greatest innovators in recent years to your teenager. With witty lines, great acting and scenes that will make you hold your breath, this is the better film on his life (compared to the film Jobs). There is much to learn from the story of Steve Jobs as he led in art, design and the man that has revolutionised the very world that we are living in today. 

Duration: 2h 2mins

8. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

For: Family time with children of All Ages

Available on: YouTube

What it’s about: This German-based YouTube channel creates amazing animated videos that explain a broad spectrum of topics, from quantum computers to futurism, medicine and biology, and so much more. Kurzgesagt aims to spark curiosity about these topics, while laying out the facts, and also hopes to inspire others to learn through good humour and engaging storytelling.

What we like: These short, “in a nutshell” videos explain complicated issues in a clear and concise way, with brilliant animations to accompany it. With a narrator explaining concepts clearly and so many video topics to choose from, it is perfect for your child to find out more about the world. It is also no wonder that Kurzgesagt has racked up almost 2 billion views! Its great pacing, narration and colourful animation will have your children hooked from start to finish and interested to find out more!

Duration: Around 6-15 minutes per video

9. The Speed Cubers

For: Family movie time for children of All Ages

Available on: Netflix

What it’s about: For all the competitive spirits out there, this documentary explores the world of competitive Rubik’s Cube speed solving. It follows the unusual friendship of two speedcubing champions, Feliks Zemdegs and Max Park. 17-year-old Max with autism, as they grow and overcome adversities.

What we like: Did you know that a speed cuber can solve a Rubik’s Cube in under seven seconds? It’s a seemingly simple subject that is interesting even if you do not know how to solve a Rubik’s Cube. This inspiring and positive documentary imparts values of sportsmanship and friendship. Above all, it teaches one that winning is not everything, and is a good opened for many conversations that you can have with your children.

Duration: 40 minutes

10. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

For: Family time with older children Ages 12+
(This show is rated PG13 – Parental Guidance advised for ages 12 and under)

Available on: Netflix

What it’s about: Based on the impressive real-life story of 13-year-old William Kamkwamba in Malawi, Africa, the Netflix Original tells the story of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Against all odds, the determined young boy was inspired by a science book and skills learnt in school to invent an unconventional way to save his village from famine and other environmental disasters. Even though the title gives away the ending, the movie does a wonderful job of telling the story, which is filled with father-son moments as well.

What we like: This heartwarming movie touches on climate change, technological breakthroughs, the importance of education, family and determination, and is a real tearjerker. It’s also a great story to inspire your child to impact the world and to show them that age doesn’t matter when it comes to inventions. 

Duration: 1h 53mins


We hope that these recommendations will help you to make the most of the June holidays as it entertains and educates your children and family! After all, learning can take place everywhere, not just in the classroom.

Did we miss your child’s favourite educational tech show? Let us know at community@codinglab.com.sg

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Hooray, June School Holidays are coming! What are you up to this month? Looking for exciting things you can do in our little red dot? We’ve got you! Here are plenty of fun and educational techtivities that you can plan and visit this month.

For June’s #TechFact, did you know that an AI completed Beethoven’s unfinished 10th Symphony? It made its premiere in 2021 – nearly 2 centuries after the composer’s death!

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Now that we’re all warmed up, keep scrolling on to discover techtivities that you and your family can indulge in this month! ✨


The World of Nickelodeon

Singapore’s first-ever Nickelodeon-themed entertainment centre is sure to be a hit with your child, who will finally get a chance to meet their favourite characters! Look forward to a variety of immersive games set in famous cartoon locations. Watch Paw Patrol, Bikini Bottom and more come alive through interactive screens, extra fun with games, bumper cars, climbing walls, bouncy castles and more – all made possible with technology.

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Details:
When: Until 19 June 2022
Where: Marina Square
Price: From $32
Learn more here.


i Light Singapore

Asia’s leading sustainable light festival, i Light, is back in Singapore after a two-year hiatus! Immerse yourself and your family in various art installations and programmes. Get excited to view interactive artworks displayed using projection mapping, which helps digital artworks come to life! Did you know that this is also one of the technologies that fall under augmented reality? (Psst! Our students ages 7 to 9 learn all about augmented reality and code their very own games with it. Find out more here.)

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Details:
When: 3 – 26 June 2022
Where: Marina Bay
Price: Free
(*charges may apply for certain programmes)
Learn more here.


Let’s Play @ D’Marquee

A pop-up inflatable playground with both indoor and outdoor areas is coming our way! Suitable for the young and the young-at-heart, the various activities are for all ages. Bounce around and fight it out in a gladiator ball or through virtual reality, journey on dinosaur rides and transform into a king kong robot, interact with tech and make great memories for the family!

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Details:
When: Until 9 August 2022
Where: Downtown East, D’Marquee
Price: From $28
Learn more here.


Gardens by the Bay and Jumptopia: Wonder Garden

This holiday, Kiztopia is bringing their inflatable playgrounds to Gardens by the Bay. With 8 unique garden-themed play concepts, the indoor garden playscape is the perfect escapade from the heat and humidity! It’s also another great reason to bring the family on an outing to Gardens by the Bay – full of learning opportunities for the little ones to know more about the architectural marvel, amazing technology and futuristic green space in our city.

Our recommendation? Go on the Best of Both Worlds itinerary that covers the best of the indoors and outdoors – with tidbits about the tech that makes this megastructure possible – and ends with the popular (and free!) Garden Rhapsody light-and-sound show.

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Details of Jumptopia:
When: Until 3 July 2022
Where: Gardens by the Bay, Bayfront Pavilion
Price: From $16.20
Learn more here.


June Holiday Coding Camps 2022

Make it a fun and educational school holiday for your children (and give them a headstart in school!) as they learn what’s behind their favourite games – and create their very own ones! Coding Lab’s award-winning coding curriculum for Ages 5 to 18 is thoughtfully designed and curated. The MIT-inspired coding courses seek to instil a passion for coding in every student as they learn to code in a hands-on and fun-filled way.

Bonus! Join in the special Minecraft course debuting this holiday, which teaches advanced coding to create structures such as The Great Pyramids in a click on the popular gaming platform. Whether they are a new adventurer stepping into the world of Minecraft or seasoned and battle-hardened veterans of the game, students will benefit greatly from this course. Sign your child up today! 🖱️

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Details:
When: 30 May – 24 June
Where: Parkway Parade, Bukit Timah (KAP Mall), Seletar Mall, United Square and Online
Price: From $401.52
Sign up here.

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Ever wanted your daily cup of coffee to be served with a side of cutting-edge technology? 

In this month’s Tech News, meet Ella. You may recognise this robot barista, but did you know that it was created by Singaporean start-up Crown Digital? Ella is a robot barista which can brew up to 200 cups per hour and is currently hard at work at the Tokyo and Yokohama railway stations in Japan. 🗾

Future plans for Ella to be deployed at 30 MRT stations in our sunny Singapore are in the works! 🇸🇬 Read more here.


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!

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Here at Coding Lab, we’re on a mission to spread the joy of coding to as many children as possible. At our Parkway Parade and Bukit Timah (KAP Mall) campuses, we constantly upgrade our digital devices and laptops for our students’ use. While doing so, we also recognise that not everyone has access to a laptop.

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Our Educators Evan and Rachel packing our laptops for Bridge the Digital Divide!

To encourage the enrichment of lives through digital technology, we partnered with Bridge the Digital Divide to donate our laptops in early 2022 as part of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the privilege for every child and everyone to have a laptop of their own. Whether it’s for remote learning or work, Bridge the Digital Divide helps to redirect donated laptops to low-income families.

“Our sincere thanks to the Coding Lab team for your thoughtful donation to Bridge the Digital Divide! Your donated laptops will definitely contribute to creating more digital inclusion in Singapore!”

– Kathy, Bridge the Digital Divide

Our 26 laptops, worth close to $20,000, were redirected by Bridge the Digital Divide to their partnering non-profit organisations. Bridge the Digital Divide is a social initiative that aims to promote digital inclusion in Singapore by redirecting donated working devices to their partnering non-profit organisations, such as the charity organisations Aidha and Pass-It-On Singapore, who would then distribute it to organisations and individuals who will put them to good use.

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Bridging the digital gap with our laptop donation!
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With more than 300 students in their programmes, Aidha needed laptops for their Essential Computer Skills class. This charity aims to empower migrant domestic workers and low-income women in Singapore through courses in financial literacy, computer literacy and entrepreneurship. We’re glad that we were able to provide them with laptops for their beneficiaries’ learning and to promote an inclusive digital society!

Our laptops were also distributed to individuals through Pass-It-On Singapore, a project that distributes useful items to those in need, and Ain Society, an organisation that supports cancer patients, survivors and their families.

Akid Danial, a polytechnic student who required a laptop for school and home-based learning for him and his school-going sibling, thoughtfully penned a note to convey his thanks. He wrote, “You have saved my family time and money in finding a laptop for my tertiary education in Poly. … I promise to make good use of it. Lastly, I would like to thank you for giving a step towards my success.”

You can read Akid’s full note in the Facebook post below.

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“We are heartened to know that students and adults have benefitted from the donation of our laptops. These laptops have played a key role in supporting our students’ learning, and we are happy to see that it will continue to support the growth of others. While we continue to work hard to develop and grow Coding Lab, we are also committed to continue finding opportunities to contribute back to our community and bridge the digital gap.”

– Yong Ning Foo, Founder and Lead Educator of Coding Lab

We believe that sharing is caring and we know that our laptops will be of good use to the recipients! If you have used or spare devices in working conditions (laptops, tablets or phones), do also consider donating them to Bridge the Digital Divide’s cause.

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Our laptops have played an important role in teaching our students to code.
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Find out more about Bridge the Digital Divide here.

Find out more about Aidha here.

Find out more about Pass-It-On Singapore here.

We will strive to keep on sharing the goodness of tech with the community and we look forward to working with more partners on initiatives to continue nurturing future leaders in technology. Let’s all play our part in ensuring that each and every single one of us achieves digital literacy! 💚💻

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With the major easing of Covid-19 rules, we’re looking forward to even more fun techtivities that we can have in May! Whether you’re enjoying as a family or for your tiny techie to have a blast, do remember to keep all masks on indoors.

For May’s #TechFact, did you know that a programming language based entirely around Pikachu sounds exists? “Pikalang” is one of many esoteric programming languages – creations which are not meant for practical use, but for purposes which range from comedy to art.

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Pikalang is an esoteric programming language (also known as esolang), which is a type of programming language that explores how codes are written but does not actually have any practical uses.

Now that we’re familiar, keep scrolling to discover the techtivities that you and your family can experience this month! ✨


Jewel-rassic Quest

Go on a dinosaur-themed augmented reality (AR) game that brings storytelling to life through digital interactivity. Travel 89 million years back into the Dino-verse to the Cretaceous period with Jewel Changi Airport’s new attraction, the Jewel-rassic Quest. Armed with a TimeLens device, you’ll get to go on an AR Mission, hunt for dino eggs, unlock minigames and do much more around the world-famous airport as a family!

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Details:
When: Permanent
Where: Jewel Changi Airport
Price: From $22.50
Learn more here.


Apple’s Grow with Creativity for Kids

Yes, we’ve brought up Apple Workshops before – but this time it’s specially for kids. To commemorate Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Apple is collaborating with Superhero Me to bring inclusive arts programmes to their spaces for ages 6 to 15. The artists from GROW will lead sessions and teach creative projects such as animations, stories, songs, games and more using iPads and iPhones in the cosy Apple stores.

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Details:
When: 23 April – 28 May 2022
Where: Apple Stores in Singapore
Price: Free
Learn more here.


Future Makers

Got an aspiring engineer in the family? This exhibition is exactly what you need to find out more about this potential occupation. Hear about the noble contributions of engineering to individuals and society and interact with the exhibition. From flying drones and rovers to robots carrying large-format screens and an escape room to test your wits, it is recommended that you spend about an hour on this exhibition at the Science Centre Singapore.

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Details:
When: Permanent
Where: Science Center Singapore
Price: From $8
Learn more here.

Got more time to spare?
You can also drop by the Brickman Wonders Of The World, a LEGO Brick Exhibition at The Annexe, Science Centre Singapore available until 3 July 2022.


Code Your World with Minecraft

Your child may already be playing Minecraft with their friends, but do they know how to code with it? ⁣⁣⁣Introducing Coding Lab’s latest research area for Advanced Computer Scientists ages 10 to 12: Minecraft: Code Your World!

Our special Minecraft programme jumps straight to advanced coding and uses Code Builder software to teach tiny techies to design their own world and program structures such as the Great Pyramids. Expect a smorgasbord of coding and learning the Coding Lab Way for your little adventurer, with our thoughtfully curated and age-appropriate curriculum.

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Details:
When: 30 May to 24 June 2022
Where: Parkway Parade and Bukit Timah (KAP Mall) only
Price: From $452.34
Sign up here.

Fun Fact:
Our students from Coding Lab Japan participated in the National Microsoft Minecraft Cup conducted in Tokyo, Japan, and won the Best Coding and Most Creative Awards in 2019 and 2021 respectively. Read more about it here!


June Holiday Coding Camps 2022

Coding Lab’s MIT-inspired and award-winning curriculum seeks to instil a passion for coding in every student. With a myriad of exciting courses for Ages 5 to 18, it’s the perfect place for your child to begin their coding journey and get a headstart in life!

This upcoming summer school holidays, come walk through our Coding Lab doors and enter the wide wonderful world of coding. With a curious mind, dedicated educators and stunning workbooks, your child is all set to embark on their exciting coding journey! You can even opt for Online classes anytime. Sign up here or feel free to drop us an email, call us or WhatsApp us to get in touch.

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Details:
When: 30 May – 24 June
Where: Parkway Parade, Bukit Timah (KAP Mall), Seletar Mall, United Square and Online
Price: From $401.52
Sign up here.

Bonus: Stand a chance to win more than $400 worth of prizes!

The secret’s out: we’re expanding our home at Bukit Timah (KAP Mall)! Named after a pioneering MIT researcher and educator in technology and education, our Papert room is the latest extension of Coding Lab – complete with our signature look and feel. We’re talking floor-to-ceiling glass windows, boardroom-style rooms, 65″ flippable state-of-the-art monitor and much more. 

To celebrate this, we’re having a lucky draw! Simply sign up / renew ANY Coding Lab course from 20 April to 5 June 2022 and you will be entered into our lucky draw* to win:

👉 Grand Prize: Gold Class EagleWings Cinematics movie tickets x 1 pair
👉 Other Prizes: LiHO vouchers x 20
👉 EagleWings Cinematics movie tickets x 10 pairs

Sign up for your Coding Lab class now!


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This month’s #TechNews is about Allie the AI chatbot digital assistant answering visitors’ questions about artefacts in the Asian Civilisations Museum’s Jewellery Gallery virtual exhibition. 🙋

The chatbot was jointly developed by the National Heritage Board (NHB) and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), and they are looking to bring tech to other local museums soon. 🤖

Experience the AI-guided virtual tour for yourself here!


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

(Written by Cheryl and Trinh)


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For two years in a row, we’re honoured and excited to have the opportunity to impart Python programming and Data Analytics to OCBC Bank’s 100 aspiring young talents. 

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Our cheery participants from OCBC Bank who attended our Data Analytics Training Workshop in 2022

During the three-day workshops, participants gathered together and had the opportunity to experience our MIT-inspired, award-winning curriculum firsthand from our passionate educators teaching the Coding Lab Way. Specially tailored for corporate business needs, the programme saw close to 50 participants in each workshop utilising their newfound Data Analytics skills to build a multitude of programs, ranging from an analysis on the prices of Commodities, Number of Lots in Car Parks, to Overtime pay across different industries!

Having come from a variety of departments and backgrounds, some participants had experience in coding and some did not. Nevertheless, they breathed life into their ideas with code, coming up with real-world solutions and codes to apply what they’ve learnt in their workshops. Some notable projects include a Housing Pricing trend analysis, Stroke Predictor, Dengue Hotspot app, and even an amazing program that analysed box office blockbuster sales around data set constraints such as piracy prominence and censorship! 

“It was a joy to work with OCBC Bank to teach their young talents to code. The participants were enthusiastic, constantly asking questions, and shared many cool and novel project ideas. At the end of the workshop, I know that many of them enjoyed themselves and we hope that this refreshing experience helped to spark their interest in coding. It is always exciting for us to be able to share, learn and spread the love for coding!”
– Educator Edmund, Team Lead for Teaching Excellence

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Participants had lots of fun learning at the OCBC Campus in the 3-day workshop in 2021

Coding Lab is honoured to be trusted by OCBC Bank. We know that the skills that they learnt will certainly come in handy in their careers and lives as we move towards the Artificial Intelligence Era. Here’s to nurturing future leaders in technology and wonderful world-changing projects – one coder at a time! 

Read more about Coding Lab’s Corporate Partnerships here.

We’re proud to have also partnered with IMDA and play a supporting role in Singapore’s efforts towards becoming a Smart Nation! Read more here. 

Here at Coding Lab, we nurture future leaders in technology. Our teens (Ages 13-18) build a solid foundation in Python, and then move on to Electives such as Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Game Development, where they move on to craft real-world solutions, preparing them for the future.


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For today’s student feature, we’ve invited two curious coders. Meet Isaac (aged 11) and Alicia Khong (aged 9), who won the Social Impact Award and People’s Choice Award respectively during the International Coding Showcase 2020, and also Judges’ Choice (Most Innovative) and Judges’ Choice (Best Design) respectively during the International Coding Showcase 2021! These clever and articulate siblings began their coding journey one after another, here at Coding Lab. Don’t miss this first-ever double-bill student feature!

Watch the video version of the Khong siblings’ interview here.

Tell us how you first got started with coding. What do you like most about it?

Isaac: When I was young, I often saw my father using the computer in his room. I was curious about what he was doing and asked him. When I found out that he was coding, I asked if I could start it as I was always fascinated by the computer.

I got my first Windows computer when I was in Primary One, and I started learning basic Scratch on my own with a book that my father had bought me. I was fascinated that you could do so many different things with the computer and I wanted to do more. My favourite part about coding is that you can ask the computer to do whatever you want to get a result.

Alicia: My brother started coding, and I felt that it would be interesting, so I followed him and started coding too. I like how it works – if you type something, and if the code is right, then something happens.

Meet the Khong siblings – Alicia (aged 10) and Isaac (aged 12)!

It’s awesome to hear that you were both inspired by family members! How did you decide to begin your coding journey with Coding Lab?

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Alicia started coding at the age of 7 and gets inspiration for her latest coding projects from her family.

Isaac: I was researching about coding schools when I found Coding Lab. Although I looked through many schools, Coding Lab caught my attention as it offered a huge variety of programming languages and had a structured curriculum.

Alicia: I saw my brother going to Coding Lab, and he said it was fun, so I tried Coding Lab.

How has coding made a difference in your life since?

Isaac: I have been coding almost every day and I have started to learn how computers work. Additionally, I have also started to teach coding to my sister. So instead of being just a user of technology, I have learned how to create new technology.

Alicia: It helps me develop a new interest, I can use my free time to make a new animation or platformer on Scratch.

Could you share with us why you think learning to code is so important?

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Isaac is passionate about harnessing tech to better our future – as can be seen from the projects that he codes!

Alicia: I believe learning to code can help me to organise my thinking.

Isaac: I think coding is important as the world is continuously moving and changing to a more urbanised and high-tech world. In the future, many things would be controlled with computers and computer chips. Learning to code allows me to create technology to contribute to society next time.

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

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Aside from coding, Alicia is passionate about reading and writing, with a journal collection of her very own stories.

Alicia: While I was learning Scratch, I sometimes had difficulties trying to think of new and interesting project ideas, so I would ask my family members what animations they want to see.

Isaac: Some of the challenges I have faced are syntax errors, methods and functions. When I face these issues, I try my best to look for solutions and voice out for help when needed.

Do you have any advice for young people like you who are beginning their coding journey?

Alicia: When you start to learn coding, it may be quite difficult and challenging, but if you keep trying and learning, you will succeed. You will then have a new way of creating your own projects and ideas.

“Alicia is a studious and brilliant learner who is able to adapt to new areas of knowledge swiftly and effectively. Her ability to do this led to her picking up advanced Scratch skills and even the intricacies of the Micro:Bit hardware in no time. She is always able to understand the concepts taught in class, and is a helpful girl who takes part in class discussions to promote the learning of fellow classmates.”
Educator Hovan

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Isaac is an avid coder and FIFA fanatic (this screenshot shows a snippet of his impressive FIFA Python program!) who enjoys reading books and watching documentaries in his free time.

Isaac: I would encourage young people to learn coding as technology is forming the future like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Blockchain. Start by learning simple programming with blocks and Graphical User Interface (GUI). Some websites and tools you can use to begin your coding journey include Scratch, Lego Mindstorms or Micro:Bit. This enables you to have a strong foundation in coding. You can then continue with App Inventor and Python to enhance your skills. This way, you can learn coding more productively just like how I progressed through the Coding Lab syllabus.

“Isaac is a very responsible and independent student who has shown great understanding in programming. He displays great interest in programming and is very attentive to detail. With a strong and stable foundation in coding, Isaac displays self discipline and great concentration. He shows great enthusiasm towards learning and on many occasions, I have seen him attempting the challenges before the rest and he is helpful and willing to share his knowledge with his classmates.”
Educator Edmund

Click to watch Alicia’s International Coding Showcase 2020’s Scratch project, “Catch the Balloon”, which won her the People’s Choice Award!

View Isaac’s entrepreneurial budgeting Python project (which draws graphs for you) that he submitted for the International Coding Showcase 2020 here!

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us, Alicia and Isaac. Hearing about your growing passion for coding certainly warms our Educators’ hearts – and our readers’ too!

Until next time – we look forward to your future achievements, Isaac and Alicia!

The Khong siblings’ coding journey is an example of how childhood interest, when nurtured, can blossom into a useful new skill. Through the shared learning experience of coding, their bond has become stronger than ever!

Isaac Khong began his journey at Coding Lab with our App Inventor and Python Junior courses in 2020 – and is now progressing through our S200 Advanced Electives (for ages 13 to 18). Isaac, who turns 12 this year, won the Social Impact Award in our International Coding Showcase 2020 and Judges’ Choice (Most Innovative) in our International Coding Showcase 2021.

Alicia Khong’s first coding class was Scratch One in August 2020, and she got to hone her coding capabilities in our Young Computer Scientists. She’s now delving into App Inventor! Alicia, who turns 10 this year, won the People’s Choice Award in our International Coding Showcase 2020 and Judges’ Choice (Best Design) in our International Coding Showcase 2021.

Our #CodingLabStudents series features our ambitious students and their ongoing coding journeys – be it the budding coder or advanced Python Pro, we appreciate each and every single one’s efforts as they progress to greater heights. 🌱

Coding Lab offers an award-winning curriculum specially for ages 4 to 18 – check out our courses to begin your own coding journey today!

(Written by Zulaikha and Lixin)


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Thank you to Mediacorp’s Channel NewsAsia (CNA) and Channel 8 for featuring Coding Lab on the news! Aired in both English and Mandarin respectively, we are honoured to have been a part of this segment on nurturing future leaders in technology in Singapore.

Filmed at our cosy yet conducive campus at Parkway Parade, the feature covered how kids are learning to code at a younger age and how this very skillset will benefit them in the future.

Our Co-Founder and Community Director, Candice Wang, shared with CNA on the coding trends in Singapore, and how Coding Lab is doing our part to ensure that children learn to code.

Watch our full interview and catch Teacher Evan in action with our Young Computer Scientists, where our students Ages 7 to 9 were exploring Music through Coding in class! 

We’re excited to spread the joy of coding and to be able to share our story in the mainstream media. We look forward to more opportunities like this in the future! 🤩

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Whether you’re having your Easter Holidays or it’s back-to-school, here are more fun techvities to mark in your calendar this month, especially with the easing of safe management measures! 

For April’s #TechFact, have you ever wondered what Sir Stamford Raffles looked like in real life while staring at his statue by the Singapore River? Today, using AI and machine learning, you can now generate realistic pictures of historical figures and anything you can imagine with just a click! Give it a try with Artbreeder here.

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Generate pictures with your very own computer and machine learning model Artbreeder!

Now that we’re all warmed up, keep scrolling on to discover techtivities that you and your family can indulge in this month! ✨


‘Weird But True!’ Exhibition: Learn Interesting Facts With National Geographic

National Geographic is having a Weird But True! Exhibition packed with visually stunning photos and colourful graphics. Your little techie is sure to have a fun and exciting outdoor trip as they plunge into the fascinating worlds of the plant and animal kingdom. 🌱

Spanning 290 square metres in Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay, visitors can expect captivating, larger than life photos, colourful graphics and catchy texts. The photographs are a curated collection from National Geographic’s extensive library. 🤩

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Details:
When: 22 Feb – 31 July 2022
Where: Crystal Mountain (Level 4) at Gardens by the Bay, Cloud Forest
Price:
Singapore Residents – $12/adult, $8/child, $8/senior
Standard – $20/adult, $12/child
Learn more here.

Got more time to spare?
Find out more Weird But True! fun facts about animals, places, abilities and more random things here.


Fungus Humongous

Get ready for a trip for the whole family as you venture into Fungus Humongous, a magical forest where everything, from fallen branches to all kinds of fungi, has been scaled up to huge proportions! 😮

Did you know? The arts space that you see today was designed based on what children thought about the concept! Experiential workshops were conducted by the artists to collect insights and research, which inspired them to design for a better experience. Special considerations were also paid to the flow of the space, its material selection, and interactive touch points – to make it enjoyable for children of all abilities. So rest assured that your child will have a wonderful time as they play and learn! 🙌

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Details:
When: Until 8 May 2022
Where: The Artground
Price: Free
Learn more here.


Changi Experience Studio

Grab your little techie for a journey of fun and discovery through the exciting virtual world of Changi Airport! From interactive games to amazing projection experiences and immersive shows, engage in wonderful technological adventures. ✨

In this first-of-its-kind digital attraction, the whole family can experience the magic of technology while learning about aviation and what it takes to keep one of the world’s best airports going. How awesome!

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Details:
When: Permanent
Where: Changi Airport L4
Price:
Singapore Residents – $19/adult, $13/child, $13/senior
Standard – $25/adult, $17/child, $17/senior
Learn more here.


Easter Holiday Coding Camps

This upcoming Easter Holidays, come walk through our Coding Lab doors and enter the wide wonderful world of coding! 🤩 With a curious mind, dedicated educators and stunning workbooks, your child is all set to embark on their exciting coding journey. 🛣

 Whether they are attending physically or online – we’re excited for everyone to experience the joy of coding. 🥰 Sign up here or feel free to drop us an email, call us or WhatsApp us to get in touch!

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Details:
When: 4-14 April
Where: Parkway Parade, Bukit Timah (KAP Mall) and Online
Price: From $401.52
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2-Hour Easter Coding Workshops

Celebrate Easter with some fun learning how to code in our exciting 2-hour coding workshops! 👩‍🏫 Best of all, you don’t need prior coding experience. This means that you can bring a friend who’s new to coding to join in the fun. 🤗

  • Our young techies can create a fun game of Catch The Easter Egg as they discover key concepts like loops and conditionals in Scratch Junior (Ages 5 to 6). 🐇
  • Scratch warriors will get a fun introduction to programming functions like clone and sensing as they program the rabbit to collect eggs that spawn randomly (Ages 7 to 9). 🥚
  • Python enthusiasts will get to familiarise themselves with pattern recognition and loops as they use Python Turtle to create an Easter Day Card (Ages 10 to 12)! ✨ 

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Details:
When: 16 April
Where: Bukit Timah (KAP Mall) or Online
Price: From $65
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You might’ve spotted this while on the road. This month’s exciting tech news is about National Parks Board (NPark)’s animal detection system!

Pairing CCTVs with analytics technology, LED lights will activate whenever the system detects animal activity. 💡 To help reduce roadkill and keep wildlife safe on the road, NParks has developed this to alert road users of wildlife crossing so that they would reduce their vehicles’ speed. 🚗 It was first deployed at Old Upper Thomson Road and is now at Rifle Range Road. 

Learn more about the animal detection system here!


Bonus: Brickman Wonders of the World LEGO Brick Exhibition

Looking forward to finally travel but you can’t go just yet? This LEGO exhibition at the Science Centre Singapore deserves a special mention this month!

With more than 50 of the world’s most iconic landmarks built by a LEGO Certified Professional, the world is brought to you – no passport required. This interactive and educational journey includes a 3.6-metre tall CN Tower from Canada, a Titanic ship build that weighs 120kg, and the St Basil the Blessed Church from Russia, which took 320 hours to build. You can even get creative with the one million LEGO bricks in the Master Builder Zones!

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Details:
When: 25 March – 3 July 2022
Where: The Annexe, Science Centre Singapore
Price: From $23
Learn more here.

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

(Written by Zulaikha and Trinh)


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