You’ve probably heard her lovely vocals either on television or at landmarks all over Singapore where she has performed as a soloist. Meet Lauren, the child music prodigy who, at the age of 9, sang at Carnegie Hall after winning 1st place at the American Protégé International Voice Competition in New York. Also a self-confessed Science nerd, and a member of her school Science Club and MENSA, Lauren is living proof that arts and science can go together.


Here’s a peek of Lauren’s beautiful vocals with “Bring Him Home” – Les Miserables

We caught up with our talented young student regarding her school life, the importance of persistence and hard work, and why she thinks coding is fun.

Q: Tell us how you got started with coding. What challenges did you face when you first started?

Lauren: I am a member of my school’s Infocomm club where we get to learn about coding. The first few times I ran my code, there were always some errors somewhere. I had to keep correcting and fixing my code until it worked. It was frustrating, and I would say it feels kinda like you are getting through a tough Math problem. But I felt so relieved and happy when I got my code to work. I just feel so good when I see that it works.

So this holiday, no matter how busy I was, I wanted to take some lessons because I really enjoy coding.

“I made my own quadratic equation solver that literally spews out all the answers to my Math homework.”

Q:What do you like most about coding?

Lauren: To me, coding is like talking with the computer. I also like that I can start with a blank canvas and I am free to create anything I want with it.  Do you like video games? You could create your own games from Scratch. Do you like art? You could draw and create all sorts of pictures and tessellations with the computer. Coding could also be a platform to express your creativity. For me, I made my own quadratic equation solver that literally spews out all the answers to my Math homework.

Lauren, with her quadratic equation solver
Lauren, with her quadratic equation solver

I have to be really persistent, and I thank my coding tutor (Mona) for being so encouraging to me. Sometimes when I run my code, an error comes up. When I try to fix the problem, it opens up another problem. So I have to keep fixing and trying, over and over again until I finally get it right. In that way, coding tests my patience but coding is still super cool!


9-year-old Lauren, singing “Music of the Night” at the Esplanade

“Coding is a skill that will always be relevant to anyone.”

Q: How does it help you at school? Do you think it’s a good skill to have?
Lauren: Technology is getting more and more important. Even if you don’t want to do something in the field of STEM in the future, practically every company has a technological component to it. So to me, coding is a skill that will always be relevant to anyone.

For example, If I am trying to solve or accomplish a certain outcome with my code, I have to logically break down my thinking process, analyze it and then start writing my code. More often than not, the first time you run it, there will be an error somewhere. I will usually have to scan through my lines of code, detect the problems and then try to troubleshoot from there. This has trained me to solve problems creatively. Coding can also be used to help us in our everyday activities. I love to eat Oreos, so making my very own Oreo shopping cart to keep track of all the different types of Oreos I hope to buy was an amazing experience.

Lauren is currently in Year 3 at Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary), as a candidate for the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. She is also a member of MENSA. Lauren attended the Python Meets Math class in 2017. 

Coding Lab Feature – Parent’s World Magazine Issue 65, Nov/Dec 2017

Our Founder, Mr Foo was recently featured in the Nov/Dec’17 issue of Parents’ World Magazine. In it, he shares the importance of building your child’s confidence in problem-solving, and how learning computational thinking early helps them along. Also, get some insights and tips on managing screen time wisely with your child.

Parents World Magazine, Nov/Dec 2017
Parents World Magazine, Nov/Dec 2017

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What makes Coding Lab a school that is different? How do we continuously strive to make your child’s learning more fun, more insightful, and more applicable?

Find out more from our Co-founder, Yong Ning as he shares his passion to create a school that inspires, in this article feature with Little Magazine.

“Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change.”
― Abraham Lincoln

A Personal Touch - Inspiring Passion in Coding with the child-centred approach
A Personal Touch – Inspiring Passion in Coding with the child-centered approach

Congratulations to our Co-Founder, Ms Candice Wang who was recently featured receiving the prestigious School Of The Year award (Computer Science) on behalf of Coding Lab.

Coding Lab is proud to be recognised amongst the top schools and products in Singapore, alongside BusyBees, Heguru Education, Royal Carribean Cruises, and Sophie La Girafe.

A huge Thank You to all Parents and Students for your unwavering support.

Candice Wang, Co-Founder of Coding Lab
Candice Wang, Co-Founder of Coding Lab, on winning the award
Our Co-Founder, Candice, featured in Little Magazine
Our Co-Founder, Candice, featured in Little Magazine

Happy Birthday, Singapore! A National Day ScratchJr Animation


“Count on Me, Singapore” – How do we raise our Singapore Flag to move up continuously? Our 4-6 year olds learn to code with National Pride, belting out a familiar favourite.

We got to test out the swankiest library in town – Tampines Regional Library and the newly-opened state-of-the-art IMDA Pixel Labs, where we were given the privilege to conduct a workshop as part of the opening series for the Pixel Labs. We throughly enjoyed teaching the little ones how to code, with a combination of craft, kinasethetic action, and of course ScratchJr blocks. Way to go, kiddos!

Our student, Jake was recently featured in #ALittleSomebody, by Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报. Congratulations to Jake and his cute family! From his winning Bat out of a Bat game, to a Birthday App for his Dad, to a beautiful game for his little brother, Jake is truly a young talent in coding.

P/s: Catch our Founder, Foo Yong Ning in action as he coaches Jake and his classmates during their lesson.

Doing our part to train up our young coders to become future leaders in technology!

Coding Lab – Winner of School of the Year (Computer Science), Little Magazine

Coding Lab is proud to be a winner of the prestigious little Award.

Getting an award like this, which is given only to a selected group of top enrichment centres and parenting products in Singapore, really serves as a solid affirmation to the hard work our team has put in, and gives us a strong mandate to continue our pursuit to provide the best coding experience for all of our students.

Rest assured, we will not rest on our laurels. We will continue to work harder, to push the boundaries, to ensure that we keep evolving so that our students get only the best from us. We will continue to do what we do best – fuelling the flame of excitement in our little coders!

Most of all, a huge Thank You to all our students, parents and partners, for your support!

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Little Award Write-up
Coding Lab awarded School of the Year by Little Magazine, 2017

Train Adventures with Code on ScratchJr

Excited to be a part of the official re-opening of the new, cutting-edge Bukit Panjang Public Library this morning.

We were featured in this video by The Straits Times. The kids had loads of fun being a train and following the commands!

Every child has a special book that they like to read and reread. With technology, we help bring their imagination to life, enabling them to remember and to tell the story in their own special way – the way they want.

Maisy's Train - A Childhood Favourite
Maisy’s Train – A Childhood Favourite

Based on the classic, Maisy’s Train, the children went on a Train Adventure with Code and understood the importance of giving specific instructions, as well as the key movement blocks in ScratchJr.

The kids forming a Train to follow the coding commands
The kids forming a Train to follow the coding commands
Pointing out the part of the code that makes the train grow bigger
Pointing out the part of the code that makes the train grow bigger

We also welcomed a very special guest; Minister Vivian Balakrishnan who popped by during the programme!

Minister Vivian Balakrishnan with our Co-Founder, Yong Ning Foo
Minister Vivian Balakrishnan with our Co-Founder, Yong Ning Foo

Seeing the look of joy and delight on the kids faces really made our day. We can’t wait to bring more stories to life with more children, with exciting programmes planned at our National Library Singapore!

As part of the official opening series of the Bukit Panjang Regional Library, we also conducted a series of coding workshops for preschoolers. The theme, Train Adventures with code provided loads of fun and entertainment as they learned how to program their trains both physically and digitally.

 

Our June Holiday Camps are now open for registration!

This Summer, let your child pick up a skill or two at our June Holiday Coding Camps. Sign Up Early to enjoy a $50 Early Bird Discount!

Slots are limited! Call us at +65 6528 2282 reserve a place for your child.

Experience the Coding Lab Difference

• Award-Winning MIT- inspired curriculum from our global experts
• Guaranteed 1:8 teacher to student ratio
• Exciting themed coding camps, in partnership with leading industry experts

LOCATIONS:
• Upper Bukit Timah
• Ang Mo Kio Library
• NSRCC (Changi)
• Various Themed Camps in collaboration with our industry partners

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AVAILABLE PROGRAMMES:

FINAL SCRATCH BEG
Scratch Beginner I / Beginner II (Ages 7-12)
Scratch Beginner I & II – Accelerated (Ages 10-12)

Scratch Intermediate
Scratch Intermediate (Ages 10-12)

Decoding the Code I - Mythical Beasts (By Lorna Whiston x Coding Lab)
• NEW! Decoding the Code I – Mythical Beasts (By Lorna Whiston x Coding Lab)

App Inventor
MIT App Inventor (Ages 10 -12)

PythonXMinecraft
Python x Minecraft (Ages 13-16)

Art x Coding Movie Madness
NEW! Mad About Movies! Art x Coding Camp (With Abrakadoodle) (Ages 7-12)

Astro Coding Camp

• NEW! Astronaut x Coding Camp (With The Little Executive) (Ages 7-9)

Pororo
NEW! Coding with Pororo! (Ages 4-8)
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Founded by an MIT Alumnus who worked in Silicon Valley, our MIT-inspired curriculum challenges your child to develop computational thinking and problem-solving skills, with a strong emphasis on inquiry-based learning and the application of key mathematical concepts.

We are honoured to have been voted the Best Coding Curriculum (16/17) by Parents, as awarded by Parents World Magazine, Singapore.

Coding Lab offers programming classes for ages 4-16 in Japan, Perth and Singapore.