Parents’ Learning Festival 2018

Coding Lab was privileged to be a part the Parents’ Learning Festival 2018. Our founder, Mr Foo Yong Ning was an invited panelist where he addressed issues on S.T.E.A.M. Learning in this digital Age.

Our Founder, Yong Ning, as an invited panelist for the Parents' Learning Festival 2018
Our Founder, Yong Ning, as an invited panelist for the Parents’ Learning Festival 2018

Key issues debated included the way learning has changed in the 21st Century (where students are now taught to think and apply what they have learned, rather than rote memorisation of notes), as well as the implications of this in countries all over the world, comparing the technology adoption rate of Singapore with other countries such as China and India (Eg. Cashless Payment and mobile apps).

Our co-founder, Candice also gave a talk on Coding: The Language of the Future, where she shared more on how coding is not a separate subject, but rather, a language or a skill that can be applied to all disciplines, including Math and Science.

Our co-founder, Candice, giving a speech on Coding: The Language of the Future
Our co-founder, Candice, giving a speech on Coding: The Language of the Future
Conducting the 1st coding class of the Sep hols!
Conducting the 1st coding class of the Sep hols!

Whilst the parents were busy with their talks, students also had lots fun with their first foray into coding at our class conducted during the festival.

5 Things You Must Know About InnovFest UnBound 2018

Innovfest unbound: The anchor event of Smart Nation Innovations; a week-long series of events that showcase Asia’s most innovative developments. It is a platform for entrepreneurs, brands, corporates, investors and tech start-ups from all around the world to meet and share ideas, build partnerships and celebrate digital disruption.

Our intern had the opportunity to gain first-class insights into innovfest unbound, and here she lists 5 things that you absolutely have to know if you missed the highlight event:

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Number 1: Tencent may take over the world (literally)

We all know what WeChat is but fewer of us know that WeChat’s parent company is actually Tencent. WeChat is but Tencent’s latest success. Steven Chang, the CVP of Tencent introduced the concept of building an ecosystem that targets at what a consumer does daily in order to meet their needs. This requires intensive studying of the consumer. This is also how WeChat, which started off as just a social media platform, is now an app that people cannot live without in China. Steven also revealed the next big thing for Tencent is ABC. A for AI, B for Big Data and C for Cloud. They have already started their initiatives such as the building of smart cities, revamping retail to be smarter and AI in the medical field. Learn the fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence right here and now!

Number 2: It’s all about the Consumer, the Customers, and the Market

The common theme that keeps coming up in the talks by successful businesses is their focal point on their consumers or customers. LINE music talked about understanding of the Japanese consumers to discover what they like and implement that function. Netflix talked about the importance of listening to the market in order to adapt to changes. Consumer power is rapidly growing in our digital era and they hold great importance to how businesses dictate their direction today. It is about crafting that experience for customers in order to grow and sustain the business.

Number 3: Optimization. Automation. Machine Learning. What now?

The venture capitalist judges of the Unilever Pitch Challenge pose a critical question for the pitcher and the floor. “Yes, you have optimized and automated this process. So what differentiates you from the rest of the pitchers who have said similar things?” In a few years’ time, I reckon that automation and optimisation are going to be the next must-haves for businesses and that they will no longer be unique selling points. So how do businesses differentiate themselves from their competitors and be different? This brings us to our next point:

photo_2018-06-25_17-10-11Number 4: Brand Storytelling

Coca Cola, Intel and Circles.Life shared about the essential point of storytelling and that is what brands are built upon. Every brand has its own story and building it requires 3 ‘C’s: Context, Content, and Creativity. It is to showcase your point-of-view but more importantly, for consumers to interact and resonate with. This intangible aspect may be hard to quantify in a business. However, decisions are made with emotions, no matter how much logic we put into them. Hence, businesses need to create timely and creative content to deliver to their customers.

Number 5: Don’t be a Doctor, Be a Computer Scientist

The world has grown to become one that cannot function without technology. Lai Chang Wen, founder of Ninja Van joked about future careers for Asian parents to nag their children about; instead of being a doctor, be a computer scientist instead. This shows the equivalence in prestige and demand that a computer scientist has with a doctor, in the Asian context. Kickstart your journey to be a Computer Scientist with the versatile Python language.

Final Takeaway: We need to rise up as a generation that utilises technology to aid our daily lives and solve world problems. The importance of programming and coding is irrefutable. We must aim to be at the forefront of this technological era.

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.

Coding Lab – Winner of Best Coding Curriculum, Parents World Magazine (2016/17)

Coding Lab is honoured to be announced the winner of the Best Coding Curriculum by Parents World Magazine (2016-17), as voted by parents.

This really motivates our team to continue to do better, challenging our students with our Best-in-class MIT-inspired curriculum and tech-immersive learning environment.

Thank you for your votes and support in us this past year!

Coding Lab Wins Best Coding Curriculum, Parents World (2016/17)
Coding Lab Wins Best Coding Curriculum, Parents World (2016/17)