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!

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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
Sign up here.


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
Sign up here.


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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!

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March is one of the sunniest months in Singapore and we can’t wait to explore around with a brand new list of fun techtivities that you can do for the month!

For March’s #TechFact, we always hear of encryption in cybersecurity, which helps to keep our data safe. Did you know that encryption dates back to ancient times, with one of the earliest methods being the Caesar Cipher? Yes, named after Julius Caesar!

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Psst, Google has a standard method of Gmail encryption called Transport Layer Security (TLS)! As long as the person with whom you’re emailing is also using a mail service that supports TLS, all messages you send through Gmail will be protected and remain private for you and the recipient. 

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


Total Defence 2022

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, Singapore Discovery Centre has curated many exciting exhibits, showcases and programmes to enable us to learn more about our past. 🇸🇬🌟 One of them is XD Theatre Ride: TD Special – a 4D multi-sensory ride experience full of thrilling twists, turns and explosive effects. Your kids are sure to have a blast and discover the wonder of how technology is able to provide such experiences!

Come join in the fun with your family and friends in exploring how Singaporeans overcome past incidents and challenges through each of the six pillars of Total Defence. With technology utilised in many of the activities, your little techie will have a whale of a time as they learn with ease and on the go. ✨

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Details:
When: 15 Jan – 27 March 2022 (depends on the activities)
Where: Singapore Discovery Centre
Price: Free
Learn more here.


Shopee Code League

Shopee Code League is back again with a 2-week coding league consisting of two rounds of intense coding competitions, open to all students and professionals!

This year, get to put your coding skills to the test by challenging yourself to solve algorithmic puzzles designed by the Shopee Engineering team. Participate with your buddies to solve real-world problems, and battle it out as the region’s coding champions. 🏆

Shopee Code League 2022

Details:
When: 14 – 26 March
Where: Online
Who: All students and professionals
Price: Free
Learn more here.


To Be You

If you are looking for some virtual activities to do with your family and learn something new then To Be You is perfect for you — it is an award-winning Singaporean interactive fiction game that lets you experience life as someone else! Built with the intention of getting to the heart of empathy, players are given the chance to literally walk a mile in someone else’s shoes as they play characters of different identities (be it race, religion, lifestyle, etc.) in the game.

To Be You was conceived to help dismantle stereotypes and reduce prejudice, and ultimately foster greater empathy and inclusiveness among Singaporeans. This idea was one of the winners of the 2020 MCCY:Mission Unite Hackathon.🌤️ If you’re a coder, it’s more ideas for meaningful coding projects that you can build yourself!

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Details:
When: Permanent
Where: Online
Price: Free
Learn more here.


Coding Bytes – Under The Ocean

If you’re not yet familiar with Coding Bytes, it is our special series of small, bite-sized programming projects to welcome budding students into the world of coding by following along and doing it on their own at home! The third App Inventor instalment features Tutor Yue Wei, who teaches us how to program a fishing game with a Game Boy interface. 🎣 Join your little one as they program the medium-sized goldfish to eat the small fishes to gain points, while avoiding the big fishes to live longer! 🐟

Added your own twist to the program? We’d love to see it! Tag us @codinglabasia on Facebook or Instagram and stand a chance to be featured! Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel too to get notified on our latest videos.

Details:
Includes: Engaging, fun and quick tutorials on Scratch and App Inventor programming
Watch the series here.


March Holiday & Easter Coding Camps

This upcoming March and 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! 🛣

Your child’s safety is of utmost importance, which is why the sanitising of classrooms and safe distancing will be put in place at all times. 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: From 14 March
Where: Online, Parkway Parade, Bukit Timah (KAP Mall)
Price: From $401.52
Sign up here.


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Did you know that there’s a new, tuition-free and teacher-less (read: independent) way to study tech for adults of all backgrounds in Singapore? 😮 That’s right, this is now possible with 42 Singapore, a collaboration between Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and the French non-profit Ecole 42.

Together, 42 Singapore hopes to develop a pipeline of tech talent for the burgeoning digital company. This Computer Science programme is open to anyone above 18 years old regardless of academic qualifications and will commence by the end of 2022, so keep on the lookout for admissions information!

We certainly hope to see more people getting into tech, especially in this digital era. 👀 You can read more about 42 Singapore here!  

Another interesting #TechNews: the first-ever Metaverse Fashion Week (MVFW) is happening 24-27 March 2022 on Decentraland! It’s free as long as you have your digital wallet and are ready to buy NFTs. What are Decentraland, cryptocurrency and NFTs? Don’t worry, we’ve got NFTs simplified for you here.

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

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As we usher in the Year of the Tiger, this blog’s for all the tiger parents out there (or so they say)! 🐯 The Coding Lab team wants to keep our students and children safe on the internet, so we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 Parental Control Software for you to manage their screen time. 💻🤓

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Our young Scratch 1 coder navigating the online world to create her own project!

We’ve seen many children (yes, even our Scratch 1 kids!) with their own smartphones. In fact, two-thirds of Singaporean children aged 7-9 use their smartphones daily and are active on social media. Despite the age restrictions, children have their own Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Do you know what your children are doing and who they are interacting with on social media?

If you don’t, you’re not alone. Here’s how you can get to the bottom of it all: Parental Control Software.

What are Parental Control Software?

Parental Control Software are applications, features or software that allow you to monitor and limit what someone does online. In the past, features were mainly blacklisting websites and checking your children’s searches. Today, it has evolved into tools that allow parents to monitor what your children are up to, control or schedule screentime, and even track the locations of their children’s smartphones – all simply by logging in to your Parental Control Software account.

That’s why we’ve got a list of our Top 5 Parental Control Software that can be great tools to help you safeguard your kids from the dangers of the web. Read on to find out which one suits your needs best!

1. Net Nanny

Available on Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Chrome OS and Kindle Fire.

Paid options only.

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Net Nanny’s web interface (Image Credit: Net Nanny)

We kick off the list with one of the Parental Control Software that has been around the longest. With its web-filtering technology (which allows you to control the content that your child accesses online), monitoring features, screentime management, well-designed and easy-to-use apps and web portal, Net Nanny is available on a number of platforms.

Granted, it only has paid options. Furthermore, the geofencing features, which allows you to establish boundaries around ‘safe areas’, is still rather basic. Net Nanny also lacks some features on its iOS version, but it is still considered almost as good as its Android counterpart.

Pros:

  • Wide platform support
  • Web-filtering
  • Easy to use and well-designed interface
  • Runs as well on iOS and Android

Cons:

  • Relatively expensive
  • Lacks some features on iOS
  • Basic geofencing features

Price: USD $39.99/year for a single Windows or macOS desktop device, USD $54.99/year for up to 5 devices, USD $89.99/year for up to 20 devices

Find out more about Net Nanny here.

2. Qustodio

Available on Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Chrome OS and Kindle Fire.

Free with paid options.

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Qustodio Parental Control interface (Image Credit: Qustodio)

Just like Net Nanny, Qustodio is also available on many platforms. But where Qustodio really stands out from the competition are its call and text monitoring features, something that most other Parental Control Software do not offer. You can allow or block calls or specific phone numbers, and view text messages.

It offers a free option that covers one device with basic functionalities such as web-filtering, web and social media monitoring, time limits and an online monitoring dashboard. Keep in mind that features are limited for iOS, which does not include calls and text monitoring, as well as the Panic Button that would enable your child to send an SOS when they need help.

Pros:

  • Calls and texts monitoring
  • Easy-to-use User Interface
  • Broad platform support
  • Extensive features

Cons:

  • Relatively expensive
  • Web-filtering is not consistent
  • Limited features on iOS

Price: Free for 1 device with basic features, USD $54.95/year for 5 devices, USD $96.95/year for 10 devices, USD $137.95/year for 15 devices.

Find out more about Qustodio here.

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3. Kaspersky Safe Kids

Available on Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS.

Free with paid options.

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Web interface of Kaspersky Safe Kids (Image: Kaspersky Safe Kids)

Get the best bang for your buck with Kaspersky Safe Kids, which is loaded with many key free features, such as web-filtering, screentime management, and more. Access to full features is affordable for an unlimited number of accounts and devices. As an antivirus company, the paid version also boasts features such as GPS locator, screentime scheduling and real-time alerts for accessing sites or leaving ‘safe areas’ (geofencing).

That said, its web interface is slow and the app could have been better designed. Features to block or activate web control on iOS devices are also limited. Overall, the free version is definitely worth a try to test it out for yourself before deciding whether you should purchase it.

Pros:

  • Affordable and great value
  • Broad platform support
  • Extensive features
  • Unlimited devices

Cons:

  • Limited features on iOS
  • Sluggish web portal
  • Unintuitive mobile apps

Price: Free for basic features including web monitoring, time limits and app management for unlimited devices, SGD$15/year for full features on unlimited devices. You can choose to get the bundle with Kaspersky’s antivirus software from SGD$35/year.

Find out more about Kaspersky Safe Kids here.

4. OurPact

Available on Android and iOS.

Free with paid options.

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App interface of OurPact on iPhones (Image Credit: OurPact)

Looking for the best app control for iOS? Look no further than OurPact. This is the only Parental Control Software that offers this level of iOS functionality, with user interface and app management being its strongest features. Schedule screentime for your child and block all apps with a simple button.

It is important to note that installation requires a computer. Some key Parental Control Software functions of OurPact are lacking, such as limited web-filtering and no monitoring of texts. If your family is iOS-first, there are currently no alternatives that offer anything close to this level of control over iOS devices.

Pros:

  • Best parental control software for iOS
  • Great user interface
  • Excellent app management

Cons:

  • Limited web-filtering and monitoring
  • Complicated installation requiring a Windows or MacOS

Price: Free for 1 device with basic features, USD $6.99/month for Premium for 20 devices and all but one premium feature, USD $9.99/month for Premium+ for 20 devices with the full premium feature set

Find out more about OurPact here.

5. Norton Family

Available on Android, Windows, iOS.

Paid options only.

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Norton Family’s web and app interfaces (Image Credit: Norton Family)

Rounding off our list is a brand known for its antivirus software. Norton Family offers a comprehensive range of features, such as monitoring, scheduling screentime, and geofencing, with the goal of encouraging parents to teach their children healthy online habits. Its web-filtering is one of the widest with 47 content categories to choose from, such as Alcohol, Drugs, and Mature Content.

The app management works well, though only for Android devices. It is also not compatible with macOS. While it is easy to set up, the web portals are not the most well-designed ones, and its mobile apps are not exactly user-friendly. It is relatively affordable if you are considering getting its suite of antivirus programmes bundled together with Norton Family.

Pros:

  • Excellent web-filtering and monitoring
  • Unlimited devices
  • Easy setup and installation process

Cons:

  • Relatively expensive
  • Poor mobile apps accessibility and web design
  • Limited iOS features and does not work on Macs

Price: From SGD$69.99/year, bundled with Norton’s antivirus software.

Find out more about Norton Family here.

Generate a Family Agreement on internet and technology use together!
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Click here to get started!

As a coding school, we know that it’s important that we let our little ones continually explore the digital world while also staying safe and vigilant. The use of Parental Control Software allows us to be aware of what our children are up to online, to limit screentime and prevent stranger danger – ultimately, it is up to us, as parents, to educate them on healthy online habits that will stay with them for life!

Coding Lab wishes everyone a roaring Chinese New Year! We wish you success and good health. 🧧

Read Next: Inculcating healthy digital device habits

(Written by Oliver Zhang and Edited by Cheryl Tang)


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The roaring Chinese New Year is approaching and we’re ready to welcome it together with a brand new list of fun techtivities (tech activities) that you and your loved ones can do for the month! 

For February’s #TechFact, we’re going back to 1964 when the first computer mouse was created! Back then, it was only made out of a rectangular wooden shell, a circuit board and two metal wheels. 

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Take a look at the mouse you have today. How different is it compared to the first one invented? 🔎

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


Chingay Parade

The Chingay Parade is back again this year to celebrate its 50th Anniversary with the theme ‘Ignite Our Dreams’. 🌟 Started in 1973 as a street parade to celebrate the Lunar New Year, it has evolved into an annual iconic event that showcases Singapore’s rich and unique multi-ethnic cultures! 

The event will be streamed live online and on social media channels. Huddle up the whole family on 12 February to watch vibrant floats, dancing dragons, performers of different races in their traditional costumes and more on your digital devices! 💃🕺 It’s so amazing to see technology still giving us the opportunity to see such events in these unprecedented times. ✨

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Details:
When: Saturday, 12 February 2022
Where: Streamed online
Price: FREE
Learn more here.


Apple Workshops

Ever dreamt of making music? Fancy yourself a creator? Or thinking of making TikTok Magic? (Yes, Coding Lab is now on TikTok too! Find out who got us smiling here.)

You can take free workshops at the three Apple stores across Singapore and even online! In the short sessions, you’ll get to create something as you learn alongside industry experts, known as Creative Pros. Whether it’s iPhone videos or photoshoots 📹, iPad music skills with GarageBand 🎶 or art and design 🎨, you can bring your own Apple devices or it’ll be provided! It’s time to take you and your family’s digital skills to the next level.

You can even get access to on-demand videos from Creative Pros here – so you can learn from the comfort and safety of your home.

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Details:
When: Weekly
Where: Apple Stores (Orchard Road, Marina Bay Sands, Jewel Changi Airport) and Online
Price: FREE
Learn more here.


Energy Story

Bring your energetic little techies down to learn all about how humankind harnesses energy to work! They’ll embark on an adventure to learn about how energy has been used over the years, and how we must work towards a cleaner and more sustainable future with it. 

They’ll learn about Singapore’s own energy sector with its four main switches – natural gas, solar power, regional power grids and low-carbon alternatives in a fun and exciting way with tech! You and your little one will certainly be more energy-savvy by the end of the day. 🌤️

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Details:
When: Permanent exhibition
Where: Science Center Singapore
Price: $19 – $35
Learn more here.


Magical Shores

Magical Shores has been back since 26 November 2021 and it’s here to stay! Experience Siloso beach like never before as it turns into an interactive light and sound spectacle. 🏖️

Get to see your little tech whizz marvel at art produced in real-time due to the tracking of wind speed and people’s movements. 🎨 For optimum viewing experience, a reservation is required before coming down! 

Graphic of Magical Shores at Sentosa

Details:
When: From 26 November 2021
On Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Eve of Public holidays and Public Holidays
Session 1: 7.30-8.45pm
Session 2: 9-10.15pm
Where: Siloso Beach, Sentosa
Price: FREE
Learn more here.


Welcome 2022 Weekly Coding Classes

It’s not too late to sign up for some weekly coding fun! Led by our team of caring and passionate educators, your little one will have an awesome time in class. We’ve also got new and revamped colourful workbooks that will make learning how to code so much more fun and enjoyable! 🌈

Your child’s safety is of our utmost importance, which is why the sanitising of classrooms and safe distancing will be put in place at all times! You can even opt for Online classes. 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: From 4 January 2022
Where: Online, Parkway Parade, Bukit Timah (KAP Mall)
Price: From $401.52
Sign up here.


This month’s tech news is about marine autonomy (in this case, underwater robots!) that are able to perform safe underwater inspections with the help of artificial intelligence. Thanks to technology, such underwater inspections can be done with minimal human involvement as real-time deep learning algorithms enable the robots to adapt to the ever-changing conditions in the water. 🤩

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What a cool invention made by BeeX Autonomous Systems!  

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


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The new year always welcomes new beginnings, fresh opportunities and in our case, the best and exciting techtivities (tech + activities) that you can enjoy with your loved ones! 😉

Let’s start off with January’s #TechFact, which touches on the topics of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)…

Have you ever been immersed in a VR or AR experience? If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat! One of our techtivities this month involves Virtual Reality 🤩

Here’s an example of how VR and AR have been used in real life:

Virtual Reality

PlayStation VR image (Jan Techtivities 2022)

Sony’s PlayStation VR involves the use of a headset that contains blue LED tracking lights, motion sensors and PlayStation Camera that track the position and orientation of your head in real-time. 

With the tracking of your head, VR games and applications render immersive 3D visuals and audio that put you into a virtual world! 

Augmented Reality

Pokémon Go logo (Jan Techtivities 2022)

Released in 2016, Pokémon Go allows users to explore and catch Pokémon by looking through their phones at the real world – but with superimposed images. 

It became a popular hit, with up to 65 million users at the peak of its popularity! 

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


Wild Singapore Comics from Piqolo Kids

Wild Singapore comic series is the perfect way to introduce STEAM to your little one, while also learning about the little red dot they call home! Embark on an exciting adventure with space explorers Peppy and Lili as they learn about local wildlife, wilderness and explore Singapore.

Suitable for ages 6 to 9, the adorable series is jam-packed full of fun activities that can be done for both stay-at-home and in the outdoors!

June Techtivities - Piqolo Kids STEM Comic Book

Details:
Includes: Activity book, character cards, sticker and translation sheet
Price: From $8 at Peppy & Lili
Quote CODINGLAB2021 (valid till 31 January 2022) for 5% off your order!
To find out more and access FREE activity sheets, click here.


ArtScience Museum VR Gallery: Spacewalkers

Has your teen ever dreamed of going to outer space? 🧑‍🚀 Well, they can easily do so at the ArtScience Museum’s Spacewalkers! Featuring 2 exhilarating VR artworks that make use of exclusive archival footage and recordings from NASA on the Apollo missions, viewers will be left awed and mesmerised.

With the tracking of your head (as mentioned earlier in #TechFact!), enter a virtual world where you get to retrace the footsteps of the first humans on the moon and feel the zen stillness of the lunar void. It is truly a one-of-a-kind experience that can be gained thanks to virtual reality! You certainly wouldn’t want to miss this one out. 🤩

Image of Spacewalkers for Jan Techtivities

Details:
When: 25 November 2021 – 27 February 2022
Where: ArtScience Museum, VR Gallery, Level 4 
Price: Singapore residents – $16 (Adult), $12 (Concession) Tourists – $19 (Adult), $14 (Concession) 
Suitable for ages 13 and above only.
Learn more here.


Jurassic Dinosaur – Adventure Park

If your little one is a dinosaur enthusiast, they’re in for a treat! Interactive indoor playground Jurassic Dinosaur – Adventure Park has got a variety of play areas that they can enjoy. Older kids can get to ride on the Dino train or even on dinosaurs themselves – just choose your favourite dinosaur and saddle up! On the other hand, soft playing areas like the mini slide, a sensory play pit and block-building area are available for younger kids to have fun! 

Set in a charming display of primeval forest area, your little techie is sure to have a blast with the many different activities available and wide range of dinosaurs to see. In fact, they may even become a mini palaeontologist by the end of the day! 🦕

Details:
When: 24 December 2021 – 13 February 2022
Where: Let’s Play @D’Marquee, Downtown East
Price: Weekdays – $25, Weekends / Public Holidays & Eve of Public Holidays – $28
Recommended for children ages 4 to 10.
Learn more here.


Coding Bytes: Block Basher

The second App Inventor instalment in our Coding Bytes series is Block Basher, where Tutor Luke teaches us how to program a game similar to the retro game brick breaker where the player bounces the ball using a paddle and destroys blocks to gain points. 🧱 You and your little one can watch and learn how you can apply math and physics to code the game! ➗✖️➕ 

Added your own twist to the program? We’d love to see it! Tag us @codinglabasia on Facebook or Instagram and stand a chance to be featured! 😉 Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel too to get notified on our latest videos.

Details:
Includes: Engaging, fun and quick tutorials on Scratch and App Inventor programming
Watch the series here.


Welcome 2022 Weekly Coding Classes

Start 2022 right with us and discover the wonders of coding in our Weekly Coding Camps!  Our term classes are led by experienced educators and psst, with our new colourful and revamped workbooks, we’re sure our students will get the best start in their coding journey! 😉 Sign your little one up for weekly coding fun here.

Rest assured that your child will be in safe hands with us. Safe distancing measures will be put in place at all times and you can even opt for Online classes anytime. If you have any queries, feel free to drop us an email, call us or WhatsApp us to get in touch! 

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Details:
Date: From 4 January
Location: Online, Parkway Parade, Bukit Timah (KAP Mall)
Price: From $401.52
To find out more, click here.


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This month’s tech news is about Singapore’s progress as a Smart Nation – with the use of 5G technology! Did you know that Sentosa has become a 5G test bed for the public sector? For example, a driverless road sweeper vehicle in Sentosa can be remotely controlled in case of an emergency, by an operator located about 20km away in Jurong West. How cool is that?

This is because the 5G network is able to provide a superior connectivity channel to handle large amounts of data in real time without compromising the quality of the data transmitted! 

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


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How time flies! We’ve already reached December, the month filled with festivities and new year preparations. Stay tuned for the exciting family-friendly techtivities we’ve prepared for you to make your December even more meaningful! 

Let’s start off with December’s #TechFact, which answers the question: What are the applications of coding/programming?

Find out more about its many broad benefits in the infographic below! 😉

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Source: Our very own Coding Lab Educators!

From Robotics, Artificial Intelligence to Web/App Development, there’s no doubt that coding/programming has enabled us to achieve many advancements in technology!

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


Wild About Twilight 2021: A Pangolin’s Tale 

In this Walking Trail by Mandai Night Safari, your little techie can reinforce what they’ve learnt about Augmented Reality (AR) into real life! Together with Berani (which translates to ‘brave’ in Malay), a Sunda pangolin, you can discover hidden AR animals and learn how you can play a part in fighting against their extinction! 

Visitors need to download the Animal Quest app and complete the challenges in order to find where the AR animals are located. It certainly is an exciting digital experience for the whole family! 

Wild About Twilight Night Safari Banner

Details:
Includes: A fun Virtual Reality (VR) journey through the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park
When: 28 October – 31 December 2021
Where: Mandai Night Safari
Price: $32.40 for children, $47.70 for adults, $22 for senior citizens
Learn more here.


Nature Walks with Young Nautilus

Every young techie deserves a good day out in nature every once in a while. They can even go a step further and become mini Marine Scientists for a day! 

As Marine Scientists, they get to explore Singapore’s nature biodiversity, discover the mysteries of the squid in a dissection class and keep our coastal areas clean with a beach cleanup! We are sure that with awesome adventures like these, your aspiring little coder will become even more familiar with STEM and grow into eco-conscious techies.

Image of Nature Walk with Young Nautilus

Details:
Includes: A one-of-a-kind experience of being a young Marine Scientist for a day!
When: Selected dates from 5 November – 26 December 2021
Where: Multiple locations
Who: 6 years old and above
Price: $172 for “1 Child + 1 Adult” Promo / $89 for adults / $87 for children
Learn more here.


Brickosaurs World at Singapore Zoo and River Wonders

Apart from meeting the newly born zebra foal and giant panda, visitors have another reason to visit the Singapore Zoo and Mandai River: there are more than 60 life-sized dinosaurs (made out of roughly 1.5 million bricks!) 

Brickosaurs World is sure to catch your little one’s attention as they discover all about these magnificent creatures. They’ll learn more about animals at the brink of extinction, and the importance of conserving the wildlife and biodiversity of today! There are also 8 exciting workshops that your little techie can participate in, like using their crafty hands to dig up T-Rex bones and also put their thinking caps on as they find their way out of an a-maze-ing race! 

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Details:
Includes: Showcase of more than 60 life-sized dinosaurs
When: 13 November 2021 – 3 May 2022
Where: Singapore Zoo and River Wonders
Price: Free with admission into Singapore Zoo and River Wonders
Learn more here.


Coding Bytes: Space Blast

The latest addition to our Coding Bytes series is Space Blast, our first-ever App Inventor tutorial! In this step-by-step tutorial, Tutor Luke teaches us how to program a fun game in space! In the game, you’ll have to navigate a fast rocket through space to reach Mars. 🚀 As the rocket has finite fuel and the distance is far, players have to collect power-ups to top-up fuel and avoid asteroids that decrease the rocket’s health! 🔋

Added your own twist to the program? We’d love to see it! Tag us @codinglabasia on Facebook or Instagram and stand a chance to be featured! 😉 Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel too to get notified on our latest videos. 

Details:
Includes: Engaging, fun and quick tutorials on Scratch and App Inventor programming
Watch the series here.


End the year well with our Year-End Coding Camps

Celebrate the end of another fruitful year with us in our Year-End Coding Camps! 🥳 If your little one is between the ages of 4 to 18, we’ve got exciting workshops specially for them to get the best start in coding! You can sign up and join in the fun here.

We assure you that your child will be in safe hands with us – safe distancing measures will be put in place at all times and you can even opt for Online classes anytime. If you have any queries, feel free to drop us an email, call us or WhatsApp us to get in touch! 

Year-End Coding Camp Banner

Details:
Date: 20 November – 31 December 2021
Location: Online, Parkway Parade, Bukit Timah (KAP Mall)
Price: $401.52
For more information, click here.


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This month’s tech news is about the use of robots in Singapore – specifically 5 of them! So the next time you go out to explore Singapore, keep a lookout for these 5 robots:
1. Safe distancing ambassador O-R3 at Bedok and Pandan Reservoir 
2. Coronavirus-zapping Sunburst UV bot at Northpoint City 
3. PAL, Decathlon Singapore’s inventory whiz
4. Cleaning robots Yi-Wei and Ella at Jewel and National Gallery Singapore / Alexandra Hospital
5. Rapid Automated Volume Enhancer (RAVE)’s speedy coronavirus testing

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


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How will you be spending your November? 🤔 Come and celebrate the end of exams and the start of the holidays with our fun list of techtivities (tech + activities) while still staying safe!

Let’s start off with November’s #TechFact – it’s something that all of us are familiar with! 👀 And stay tuned till the end for our very new segment called #TechNews, where we bring you all the cool news on how tech is being used in Singapore! 🤖

Did you know that the QWERTY keyboard we have today is designed to slow you down? This is because when typewriters were first introduced, people were able to type very quickly, which then caused the keys to jam! 

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Take a closer look at your keyboard – which letters do you usually use the most? 👀 Do you think there would be any modifications made in the future? 🤔 Truly some food for thought indeed!

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

National Gallery’s Children Biennale

Children’s Biennale by the National Gallery is back for its third edition, this time with a “phygital” (physical + digital) experience! Children up to 12 years old will get to embark on a journey of creative exploration and character-building through 9 artworks. These interactive art experiences seek to empower children to navigate these changing times with empathy and confidence.

It’s truly so awesome to see technology and art working hand-in-hand to bring more fun and joy to children across the globe! Join in the fun with your children and have a whale of a time exploring the art experiences by the National Gallery. 🎨

Children's Biennale Banner (Nov Techtivities)

Details:
Includes: Hybrid exhibition that features online and on-site artworks to foster self-expression and creative exploration.
When: May – December 2021
Where: Online + National Gallery
Price: Free
Learn more here.


Otah & Friends Bus Tour

Hop on the Otah & Friends Bus Tour for an exciting 4-hour adventure with the kids! You’ll get to visit 2 local farms to learn about hydroponic farming techniques and get up close with goats. Taste fresh produce (like creamy goat milk and crisp vegetables!) and even shop at the organic market (only on the weekends) for the freshest greens and more. You’ll even be handed a free Otah & Friends pillow, which is perfect for cuddling during the bus ride!

It certainly is a unique opportunity to expose your little ones to science, engineering and technology as they see how the farms operate with their very own eyes! 👀 There are 3 pick-up points that you can choose from for transport to the farms – Chinatown, Seng Kang and Choa Chu Kang MRT. Check out this link to learn more about the pick-up timings! 

Otah & Friends Bus Tour Banner (Nov Techtivities)

Details:
Includes: Get hands-on experience in harvesting fresh produce and tasting them, learn about hydroponics farming techniques and feed animals!
When: 30 October – 20 November 2021
Where: Kok Fah Technology Farm + Hay Dairies
Price: $45 per pax
Book your slots here.


Learning Beautiful’s Learning at Home Activities

A lot of us are still spending much of our time at home in order to stay safe and keep the virus at bay. If you’re running out of ideas on what to do – why not spend family time well and meaningfully with Learning Beautiful’s free Learning at Home activities

Learning Beautiful’s DIY materials and activities for parents and children are great to introduce your little ones to computer science without the use of screens. Plus, they are FREE and printable for your convenience! You can check back weekly as activities are constantly being uploaded. Subscribe to their mailing list to be notified whenever the list is updated! ✉️

Image of Stacks with Pancakes activity (Nov Techtivities)
This Stacks – Pancake Pandemonium! is one of the many fun activities that you and your child can do to learn about stacks, a kind of data structure in computer science that are used for collecting and organising information.

Details:
Includes: Exciting activities to do with kids in the comfort of home.
Price: Free
Learn more here.


Coding Bytes: Nursery Rhymes

Coding Lab’s latest video series Coding Bytes is the best way to learn programming if you’re looking for something easy and quick to digest! Follow our step-by-step tutorial videos with your little ones by your side and be introduced to the wonderful world of Scratch. In the newest tutorial Nursery Rhymes, Tutor Joanne programmes our favourite childhood tunes! 🎶 She’ll teach us how to use musical notes to make well-loved rhymes – we’ve got Mary Had A Little Lamb, Baa Baa Black Sheep and Three Blind Mice! 🎹 ⁣⁣

Added your favourite nursery rhyme? Tag us @codinglabasia on Facebook or Instagram and stand a chance to be featured! 😉 Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel too to get notified on our latest videos.

Details:
Includes: Engaging, fun and quick tutorials on Scratch programming.
Price: Free
Watch the series here.


End the year with a bang in our
Year-End Coding Camps!

Celebrate the end of another fruitful year with us in our Year-End Coding Camps! 🥳 If your little one is between the ages of 4 to 18, we’ve got exciting workshops specially for them to get the best start in coding! You can sign up and join in the fun here.

We assure you that your child will be in safe hands with us – safe distancing measures will be put in place at all times and you can even opt for Online classes anytime. If you have any queries, feel free to drop us an email, call us or WhatsApp us to get in touch! 

Year-End Coding Camp Banner

Details:
Date: 20 Nov – 31 December 2021
Location: Online, Parkway Parade, Bukit Timah (KAP Mall)
Price: From $401.52
To find out more, click here.


We’ll end off this month’s Techtivities a bit differently – with a new segment called #TechNews! Have you ever wondered what are the latest tech happenings in Singapore? 🤔 Well, you can now stay up to date with Coding Lab’s monthly #TechNews, as we bring you all the cool news on how tech is being used in Singapore! 🤖

This month’s tech news is about Jun Ming, an NUS student who utilises Artificial Intelligence to program his bicycle to ride on its own! 👨‍💻🚴 It’s truly so fascinating to see how AI is being innovatively used today. 🤩 Just imagine the wonderful things your child can create when he/she learns about AI too!

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


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With coding a skill that is highly sought after, and with more kids getting interested with coding from a very young age, here’s our all-in-one DSA guide just for you

Many parents have been asking us about our Direct School Admission (DSA) P300 Portfolio Preparation Programme, so we thought that we’d share some pointers for you on whether your child should DSA (Coding) and how to prepare him/her for it.

For those of you who are not so familiar with what DSA is all about, it is a programme that enables students to gain direct entry to certain secondary schools based on their talent in sports, CCAs and specific academic areas.

And the question remains: Should my child DSA (Coding) into the school of their choice? 

There are many factors to consider before reaching an answer to this question, and here’s a list of the most important pointers (we’ve interviewed our experienced DSA educators) that will help guide you in making an informed decision on what is best for your child.


Is Your Child Passionate about Coding?

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Before deciding to do DSA (Coding), it is crucial to sit down and have a talk with your child to better understand his/her passion and enthusiasm for coding.

Does he/she have a high interest and is always highly motivated to work on this/her own individual projects? Especially in between coding classes? Do they constantly create and share new programs, apps on their own?

According to our experienced DSA educators, successful DSA students have similar traits in them: they are independent learners with a lot of drive and a curious mind!

In fact, we have spectacular primary school students who have been enthusiastic about coding since young and are self-taught in certain topics, making them more advanced than students their age. Such passionate students also go a step further and work on their own projects right after attending coding classes with us. This is an important step that will further accelerate their understanding and learning, by choice.

Some of our young Unstoppable Coders are: 

Photo of Aarhan Saluja (DSA to SJI)

Aarhan Saluja
12 years old
DSA to St. Joseph’s Institution

Having had his first touch with coding in Primary 3, Aarhan joined Coding Lab in 2019. His passion for coding grew over the years and with active participation in his Robotics CCA and coding classes, he was able to build a substantial portfolio! With many great projects to aid him in our DSA Programme, he successfully entered St. Joseph’s Institution (SJI)!

Photo of Jake Ian Tan (DSA to NUS High)

Jake Ian Tan
13 years old
DSA to NUS High

A boy who has always been passionate about technology, Jake started learning how to code back in 2016 when he was just 8 years old. Showing great potential in Scratch, he was invited to join the Gifted Coders class. We’re delighted to see him grow as a coder over the years and now start his exciting journey in NUS High!


What is The School they want to DSA into?

Learning more about the school your child wants to enter is important. This is because some schools have different requirements for students who want to do DSA (Coding). You can check out what are the schools that accept DSA (Coding) at MOE’s SchoolFinder website or refer to Coding Lab’s list right here.

List of DSA Schools (Image)
Source: MOE
Learn more about the latest DSA updates here.

The DSA Timeline

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Source: MOE

The selection process for DSA (Coding) typically involves assessments to determine whether or not students are fit for the programme.

Different schools have different expectations for DSA (Coding). Some focus on advanced level programming, others insist on a well crafted portfolio that shows strong community impact, while others emphasise on being able to program with specific gadgets. Regardless, it is important to do proper research to find the school that would fit your child’s strengths. You can also speak to our DSA educators who will be happy to share their insights on DSA (Coding) with you.

In addition to a good portfolio, schools value your child’s achievements – more so if they are under the category your child is trying to enter the school with! A good way to rack up your child’s achievements (and also build their portfolio!) is through entering Coding Lab’s competitions like Young Coders Global Hackathon (YCGH) or International Coding Showcase (ICS). 😉

With Coding Lab’s competitions, our students have been able to showcase their coding talents. Our bright-eyed student Kieran Ho who successfully entered NUS High won first place (Python and Electives) at Coding Lab’s ICS 2020 (JP-SG)! He was also the awardee of Most Promising Young Coder at the YCGH 2020. With Kieran’s many talents and achievements with Coding Lab, it’s no wonder he successfully got into NUS High! 

*Important: Many schools require students to commit to a Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) affiliated to the type of DSA they entered with. E.g. Students will have to join the Infocomm or Robotics Club. Be very sure this is what suits your child best, should he/she attain a place via DSA (Coding).

Image of Jun Ray receiving his 1st Position Award

Our student Ang Jun Ray emerged as champion in the HCI Infocomm Challenge 2019. We are proud to see him grow as a young coder over the years as he completes each and every course of our learning roadmap. A hardworking and enthusiastic young coder, Jun Ray was even offered multiple DSAs at Raffles Institution and Hwa Chong Institution! 

Image of Aahan and Leah on stage to receive their award (Ziv: Absent)

Our three talented students won 1st Prize at the IMDA Code:Xtreme Apps (CXA) 2019 Hackathon! Organised annually by IMDA to challenge minds and inspire innovative solutions for current issues, Aahan, Leah and Ziv worked hard to come up with innovative digital solutions for the hackathon theme “Digital Transformation for a Better World”. 

Learn more about our students’ achievements here! 🤩


Does Your Child Have a Good Support System in their Coding Journey?

A parent’s support is like no other. In order for your child to flourish in the DSA (Coding) journey, your invaluable support is crucial! With it, your child will be further motivated to do and achieve so much more. 

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It is important to take note that your budding coder will be doing something in addition to the required number of academic subjects, so he/she will be busy trying to juggle them all at once. Having regular check-ins with them to talk and be more understanding about their situation will make them feel supported and cared for. 

Giving words of encouragement and useful tips for your child to balance both academics and coding projects would also give them that extra boost to do their very best! ✊

Check out Be Your Child’s Cheerleader for more tips on how to cheer your child on for school.
Check out Useful Resources for your child to excel. 


Need Help? Our DSA Coaching Programme can assist!

Parents, know that the DSA journey can be a very daunting one, even more so for those wanting to do DSA (Coding)! Where can you get help in order to ensure that your child is well taken care of in this journey?

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Coding Lab’s DSA Coaching Programme is a 1-1 programme that would mould your child well for the selection process. Students in late Primary 5 to early Primary 6 will have several consultation sessions (recommended number of 3) to build up their portfolio, with each session lasting for 2 hours. As the DSA Submission typically takes place in May every year, Coding Lab’s DSA Coaching will occur from January to April.

To be better prepared for our DSA Coaching, students are recommended to complete our Ages 10-12 Roadmap.

Your child can start as early as Primary 3 (going on to Primary 4) / Primary 4 in order to finish the necessary courses and attain a basic level of competency! With sufficient knowledge from these courses, a solid and unique portfolio can be built during the DSA consultation sessions. 

In late Primary 5 to early Primary 6, several 1-1 DSA consultation sessions will be conducted to build up their portfolio. A minimum of 3 sessions is recommended, with each session lasting for 2 hours. In order to maximise the DSA training sessions, your child is expected to work on their own in between sessions based on the direction from the DSA supervisor assigned to them. 

Our P300 programme consists of:

  • Initial 1-on-1 Consultation
    Your child will be paired up with one of our dedicated specialists to better understand your child’s needs for DSA. What are their goals? What do they hope to achieve? A better understanding of your child’s wants and needs will help form a better DSA journey!
  • Shortlisting of Target Schools
    A list of target schools will be chosen based on your child’s interests and goals.
  • Customised Achievement Plan
    With an end goal in mind, our educators will help craft a plan with your child to take small but sure steps towards becoming a well-prepared DSA student.
  • Portfolio Development
    Our dedicated educators will work with your child to select or build good projects that showcase their strength and understanding in programming. Depending on the school they wish to apply for, their portfolio will be crafted closely to match the school’s requirements. 

    Your child will also acquire advanced problem-solving skills in 3 categories namely Micro:bit, Python and App Development and obtain practical skills by creating his/her own apps and projects. This will allow your child’s portfolio to stand out among the rest.

  • Interview Preparation
    Students will also be prepped with interview tips that will give them that extra edge compared to other candidates!

“I always look forward to meeting students who have a passion for coding and I find great joy in helping them bring their programming skills to the next level. At such a young age, they have already done so many projects to put in their portfolio. It’s great to see them learning life-long skills that will prepare them for their future!“
– DSA Tutor Edmund Teow

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Tutor Edmund with his students!

With the help of our trusty educators, our students will be able to build awesome portfolios that show how capable they are in their coding skills! Check out what our student Aarhan has to say about his DSA journey with us!

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Aarhan Saluja (DSA to SJI)

“The DSA prep classes focused not only on the knowledge of codes, but also presentation skills and how we can apply our knowledge in making the world a better place. My ideas were constantly discussed in the sessions which my tutor elicited from me without spoon feeding. She was very encouraging and helped me boost my confidence and creativity to a whole new level.”
– Aarhan Saluja, DSA (Innovation), SJI, 2022


We hope that these pointers have been useful in helping you make an informed decision on whether or not your child should embark on the DSA (Coding) journey. You can learn more about Coding Lab’s Coaching Programme to see if it works for your child.

Learn more about the latest MOE DSA updates here.

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Let’s strive to do our best to have an Optimistic October while staying safe and healthy! Before we get started with the list of exciting tech-activities, here’s the #TechFact for this month – it’s got something we all should be wary of! 👀

Did you know that over 6,000 new computer viruses are created and released every month? As a matter of fact, 90% of emails contain some form of malware!

An example would be the computer worm which rose to prominence on 5 May 2000 and is referred to as Love Bug or Love Letter For You. It infected over ten million Windows personal computers as it spreads as an email message with the subject line “ILOVEYOU” and the attachment “LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.TXT.vbs”.

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It’s important for us to be vigilant and double check the senders of the emails that we receive. If we are doubtful that it is from someone we know, send them a text or give them a short call to confirm if the email really came from them.

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

Back to School with NASA: Student and Educator Resources for 2021-2022

NASA has recently launched their student and educator resources for the 2021-2022 school year and we’re all for it! They’ve got a long list of activities and thought-provoking challenges for students from preschool to university, whether they are returning to brick-and-mortar schools or virtual classrooms at home. 

There is also a separate page dedicated to activities specially designed for preschoolers – so parents, be sure to check it out and get quality time with your kids! Check out one of their awesome projects below called: Make a Moon Crater – where you can learn more about craters and make the moon look like cheese! 

Details:
Includes: Activities and challenges for students in preschool to university
Price: Free
Click here for more.


Read! Fest Literary Trail: The Curious Adventure Of The Salaryman

Do you need a perk-me-up after having all those Work From Home days? Here’s some good news for you: the National Library Board has installed an interactive literary trail at these 3 locations: East Coast Park, West Coast Park and the National Library Building for a multi-sensory reading experience like no other! 

The trail, titled The Curious Adventure of the Salaryman, allows participants to join digital protagonist Gerry as he navigates his own adventure to reinvent himself and disrupt his tiresome routine. 📱

Keep an eye out for the six colourful stations onsite – while you can start at any station by scanning the QR code at the stations, for the full experience, make sure to start off at the first station for each venue!
– East Coast Park: Near East Coast Lagoon Food Village
– West Coast Park: Near McDonald’s West Coast Park
– West Coast Park: Near McDonald’s West Coast Park

You (and even your little ones too!) can embark on a journey of self-discovery while being surrounded by beautiful nature – all thanks to technology! Psst, they are even having a giveaway for the event, which you can learn more here.

Details:
Date: Till 31 October 2021
Duration of trail: The entire trail can be completed within 30mins (inclusive of walking distance of ~5mins between each station).
Includes: 7 mini-games, side quests and more!
Price: Free
To find out more, click here.


Become a Ranger with WILDChildTV!

It’s not yet possible for us to freely travel around the world, but thankfully the Internet has got our back! Our little ones (including you mums and dads!) are able to explore and learn about places around the world with information right at your fingertips – like &Beyond’s WILDchild TV

&Beyond’s WILDchild TV features educational videos that enables kids to learn fun facts about the wildlife and nature in Africa from experienced rangers. From videos about Survival Skills, How An Animal Works to Birds and Birding, your ranger-in-the-making will have a blast learning with the bite-sized videos! 

Duration of each video is less than 10 minutes (bite-sized indeed!) and are 💯 free to watch.

Details:
Includes: Fun videos on wildlife in Africa
Price: Free
Learn more here.


Coding Bytes: Virus Warrior

Coding Lab’s latest video series Coding Bytes is the best way to learn programming if you’re looking for something easy and quick to digest, and for your kids to do at home! Follow our step-by-step tutorial videos alongside your little ones and be amazed at what they can do with Scratch.

Follow Tutor Joanne in our latest tutorial, Virus Warrior, as she programmes the character Ben to catch as many masks and hand sanitisers as he can while avoiding the virus! 🦠 This program aims to educate our young ones about the necessities we need to have during the pandemic, like our masks and hand sanitiser! 

Remix Tutor Joanne’s program here! 👉https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/533854338/ 

Let your kids try this tutorial out! They’re free to let their creative juices flow and change up the game with their own unique add-ons. Afterwards, send over their remix to community@codinglab.com.sg for a chance to be featured! We look forward to receiving your submissions. 🤩✨

Details:
Includes: Engaging, fun and quick tutorials on Scratch programming
Price: Free
Watch the series here.


Come join our Post-PSLE Coding Camps!

Our October Coding Camps are here and we’ve got something for ages 7 to 18, whether you’ve just ended exams or are on holidays! Don’t miss out on the fun and quickly grab your spots here! 

Rest assured that safe distancing measures will be adhered to at all times, and the option to do Online classes are always available. Should you have any queries, drop us an emailcall us or WhatsApp us to get in touch! 

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Details:
When: 11-15 October & 18-21 October 2021
Location: Online, Parkway Parade, Bukit Timah (KAP Mall)
Price: From $375.25
To find out more, click here.

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


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