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

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

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! 🦕

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.

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! 

Hello 2022! Banner for Jan Techtivities

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

Image for #TechNews (January Techtivities 2022)

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! 

(Written by Zulaikha)

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