Coding is a cool skill that kids are learning about in fun ways, and we especially love that girls are succeeding in tech!
Coding has come to Singapore and we’re taking a look at why kids are loving this tech-savvy initiative, what it’s all about, where the cool coding classes are, and why youngsters should be jumping on the app jamming band wagon. And as we’re totally on board with our boys taking a dance class and our daughters kicking-butt at a martial arts lesson, we are also keen to find out more about how we can get our little ladies excited about science and technology from an early age. One thing’s for sure: with lots of great coding workshops all around the Little Red Dot, we may well be signing the kids and ourselves up…
What is coding?
It seems the kiddos are one step ahead of us on this score, and we spoke to some awesome kids at the PayPal Girls in Tech workshop, who gave us a quick tutorial. We’ve been told that the easiest way to look at coding is to think of it in terms of LEGO… but instead of using LEGO bricks to build your masterpiece, you use commands instead, one-by-one. The finished code sequence will then instruct your device how the run the app you’ve created. Simple (ish).
Why do kids need to learn code?
Long gone are the days when a scientific calculator was the hub of technical wizardry: technology is everywhere! Our kids have never known a world without internet, and the only apples teachers have on their desks these days are the Mac variety. Science and technology are the future, which is why it is so important for our children to soak up as much of that tech-knowledge as they can from an early age – and so that they can teach us! Coding is fun, useful, creative and sometimes even groundbreaking: the all-round package to pique interest in our small humans!
Is coding closing the gender gap within technology?
Traditionally there have always been more men in technology and computer based professions, but the good news is that this is changing, and much of this is down to coding. Girls are GREAT at coding (we have logical brains, right?) and young ladies are really embracing the current coding trend. It’s sparking an interest for all things tech, and the demand amongst girls is so great that ‘girls-only’ coding classes and camps are popping up all over Singapore.
Girls are doing great things in tech – get inspired!
Australian-based, Indian-born nine year old Anvitha Vijay is one such daughter who has already developed a number of highly-praised apps for Apple products. She’s a self-taught coding genius who learnt how to programme using free tutorials on YouTube! She seems to have already secured herself a bright future thanks to coding and has already been invited to Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco!
We’ve also discovered a team of six young ladies from Kentucky, USA who have developed an app that could revolutionise Alzheimer and dementia patients’ lives. The middle school-aged girls have created Pharm Alarm, an app that sends reminder messages to patients when it is time to take meds. In the event of the patient forgetting to take action or ignoring the alarm, family members and doctors are immediately alerted. Impressive indeed.
COOL CODING WORKSHOPS IN SINGAPORE (for girls AND boys!)
Computhink Code Club
Computhink Code Club is a weekly class where your child will learn programming in a fun environment with hands-on coding activities galore. Kids from the age seven to 16 will be led, at their own pace, by expert programmers who will navigate kiddos through coding languages and software while using cool themes.
The Grandstand (Previously Turf City), 200 Turf Club Road #04-10B, Singapore 287994; www.computhink.com.sg
We love that the Coding Lab have classes for kiddos as young as four! Little ones will start on their logical thinking journey on a Scratch Junior class at Pororo Park where they will learn how to make digital cards and solve puzzles with Pororo and friends.
Pororo Park Singapore, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #02-29; www.codinglab.com.sg
Loshberry Code Studio
Suitable for kids age seven to nine years, Coding Discovery camps are the perfect opportunity to introduce young minds to basic programming concepts, builds spatial and problem-solving skills, and instills creativity and resilience – with the help of a tiny robot!
Blk 134 Jurong Gateway Road #04-307A; www.loshberrycodestudio.com
Older kids age nine and above will get a kick out of inventing their own smartphone app using AppInventor software at Codomo’s App Android Design course. Creativity, brain-boosting and bringing out an inner-designer are the name of the game! There’s plenty of other cool coding picks for younger kids, including holiday camps for children from age six years.
181 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238896; www.codomo.com.sg
SG Code Campus
Kiddos age six are introduced to the fundamentals of coding through programming one of the most famous robots of all time: BB8 from Star Wars! Basics of Code 1 is SG Code Campus’ foundation course, and from there students will learn how to programme their own music, video games and animation using Scratch.
SG Code Campus, 1 Marine Parade Central #03-04, Singapore 449408; www.sgcodecampus.com
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