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.

Yesterday, more than 1000 kids from Woodlands Ring Primary learnt about line-following sensors and how Robots make use of them to find their way out of the maze!

Kids at Woodlands Ring Primary
Kids at Woodlands Ring Primary

Some comments of joy:

“What? You mean Robots have brains too??”

  • Yes! We program the algorithm to tell the robot what to do when it encounters different scenarios on its sensors.

“Go Right! No Go Left!! No no there! YAY!!!”

  • The excitement of seeing the robot finish the maze and playing the Victory Music was indescribable.

The Robot Going through the maze

Eager to catch a glimpse of the robot
Eager to catch a glimpse of the robot

Kids were treated to a hands-on opportunity to control and touch the robots, getting a good sense of where the sensors were located, how the robot was built, and how the algorithm was programmed. How fun it is for us to be bringing STEM concepts to schools in this way!

Xoxo,

Coding Lab Team

We are so excited to have concluded our very First Parent-Child Workshop on Sunday!

For 120 mins, both parent and child had fun, poring over computing puzzles and learning how to create a game from Scratch. Such wonderful bonding moments for the family, and everybody got to learn something new.

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Teacher Joshua explaining using pattern recognition to code a square

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Parents – Getting into action with the kids!

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We would like to thank all Mummies, Daddies and Children who came down for the workshop.

Dear Parents,

We did a Holiday Coding with Pororo program last November 2016, and were heartened by the overwhelming response from both parents and kids. We are pleased to announce that the Coding with Pororo programme is back, this time, not as a one-time session, but with five full sessions, where kids will get to create a proper digital Pororo story and get the chance to meet Pororo himself!

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Coding with Pororo! – Learn the commands (Ages 4-6)

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Kids going to their Pororo coding stations

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A happy student showing his completed Pororo Story!

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Kids in Action – completing their story with Pororo

Kids will start off learning the attributes of the commands by having an activity session, using giant commands to direct each other and learn about mathematics (counting), while learning coding sequences and loops in the process. Exclusively at Pororo Park, make your favourite characters spin, twirl, hop or jump, or even do all 4 at once! Add your own music, backgrounds, and voila! your child’s very own Pororo story is formed.

Day 1: Introduction to Scratch Junior
Exploring and familiarising with the Scratch interface
*Special Guest appearance by Pororo!

Day 2: Basic Computational Techniques
Choosing characters and backgrounds
Animating Characters with basic Motion blocks

Day 3: Control your Characters
Adding Speed and learning the concept of loops
Counting using the grid

Day 4: Animation
Adding Speech and sound
Interaction between the sprites (Start on Bump, etc)

Day 5: Project showcase
Work on your game concept
Use the techniques you have learnt over the past 4 days
Show and tell
*Guess What, Pororo himself may be coming down to watch the performance!

Venue: Pororo Park Singapore
Dates: 10 Feb – 10 March (Every Friday, 4-6pm) OR 11 Feb – 11 March (Every Saturday, 9-11am)
No. of sessions: 5 x 2 Hours (+ 2 Hours FREE playtime!)
Age: 3 years and above with 1 accompanied parent (optional)

Program Fees:
Non-Member: $445
Annual Member: $395
Gold/Silver Member: $345

Prices includes: Admission rates for 1 child & 1 accompanying adult
2 hour workshop + 2 hour playtime FREE!

Sign Up Now: http://www.codinglab.com.sg/our-classes … preschool/

For more enquiries: Call +65 6528 2282 today!

The team from Coding Lab had lots of fun today, training staff from the National Library to code using stories!

Kudos to the fantastic and sporting participation from all participants. From play-acting, to coding, to voice-acting, everybody had a great time learning to code by re-enacting our childhood favourite – Five Little Monkeys!

View our pictures in action below.

Play-Acting - 5 Little Monkeys
Sporting volunteers – cast for the Five Little Monkeys!
3 Monkeys Jumping
3 Monkeys and their coding blocks – Jump!
Working on their digital story
Busy working on their digital story
Preparing for Show and Tell
Preparing for Show and Tell