It’s never too early to get your kiddos coding, mama! Give them a strong foundation in tech with our roundup of the best kids’ coding classes in Singapore
In her fab Girls in Tech series last year, Sassy Mama contributor Crystal interviewed a number of prominent women in the tech field who pointed out the many benefits of early exposure to coding and computer programming and cited early exposure and access to computers/programming as very important to their development as coders. Whether they’re learning simple languages like LOGO or the kids’ app Scratch Jr, there are lots of fun, hands on ways for kids as young as 3 or 4 to get into coding in Singapore, mama.
Check out our gallery of the best coding classes for kids in Singapore!
Founded by an MIT Alumnus who worked in Silicon Valley, Coding Lab’s MIT-inspired curriculum challenges kiddos to excel with fun and engaging, hands-on courses taught by dedicated staff, all set in a rustic, yet tech-immersive environment in a boardroom-style setting. Be sure to try out their Tinker corner, where you’ll find the latest and best-in-class tech toys shipped directly from Kickstarter or Silicon Valley. Coding Lab offers classes for ages 4 and up, in both Singapore and Perth.
Suitable for kids aged 12 and above.
Learn coding and robotics through these fun and exciting workshops conveniently offered in the CBD. With the spring series (perfect for kids ages 6 and up), kids will train a robot to avoid obstacles, follow a line, pick up packages, move at their command and more. Cool! Sessions are a nicely sized two hours each.
Clearly someone’s been around kids: Loshberry believes young people learn best through kinesthetic and tactile activities, so they offer a unique blend of physical and on-screen activities to keep kids engaged in their specially-designed coding and computational thinking clsses. Children 7+ can check out their signature Coding Discovery Camp, an introduction to basic programming concepts that builts spatial and problem-solving skills and instills creativity and resilience. This intro course utlitizes physical and virtual tools like Ozobot, Raspberry Pi, Blockly and Scratch; Loshberry Code studio also offers weekly classes and short workshops for kids ages 10-12 and 13+.
Saturday Kids runs holiday camps and weekend workshops for kiddos to learn how to programme, design and engineer, and open their minds to the endless fun and possibilities of creating with technology. We particularly like the new Saturday Kids Explorer Pass, a monthly subscription pass where kids can choose to attend unlimited number of weekend workshops, and learn how to create, invent, and be curious about the world. erhaps they’ll build a self-driving vehicle with Lego WeDo, or stitch together a wearable safety alarm that you can set off anytime for safety, create funny animated gifs for friends and tell a story with stop motion animations! Saturday Kids offers weekend courses and holiday camps at four locations across the island; suitable for children ages 5 and above.
Saturday Kids, www.saturdaykids.com
Coding and Robotics classes start from the age of 4 and cover topics like coding, robotics and 3D printing. The programme was designed and is overseen by Roger Kassebaum, one of the most prominent and decorated STEM educators in America. Older students can move on to more complex topics like app creation and wearable tech, or join the First LEGO League competition. Keys Enrichment is all about real-world application, offering a learning path from tinkerer to entrepreneu, and keeping kiddos engaged by linking courses to real life with case studies, guest lecturers, and a goals-oriented framework of skills to master and problems to solve.
The Keys Enrichment, www.thekeysenrichment.com/tech
This very cool non-profit develops and delivers free coding classes and camps for girls in Singapore. Younger girls can start out learning the basics with “TechStar Jr”, while older girls (aged 12-18) can try their hand at the more intensive, weeklong FinTech camps. Teachers are from Singapore’s top schools and universities, and also work in technology top companies in Asia.
Workshops called ‘Today’s Tinkerers, Tomorrow’s Imagineers’ emphasise ‘Creative Computational Thinking’ skills and help children develop an appreciation of using technology (including coding) to create. Workshops are built around a broad range of interest areas like Music, Storytelling, Science, Nature, and Arts & Crafts. Parents learn alongside their child and support their child’s learning. Imagin8ors emphasises ‘Creative Computational Thinking’ skills and helps children develop an appreciation of using technology to create. Sassy Mama tech contributor Crystal gives it two thumbs up for the class her daughter took!
In3Labs offers four different classes — Code:Games:Apps, First Tech Maker, Robo Maker, and the Asia Pacific Youth Robotics Competition (APYRC). Code:Games:Apps allows children 6-15 to develop their own games and apps using a variety of approaches including Scratch Jr, Java, Android App Developer and Web Development. Do you have a 9-16 year old who wants to take everything apart or designs their own inventions? First Tech Maker might be for them. Robo Maker is for kids 5-16 with an interest in robotics. As their skills grow, so too will the complexity of their robots. The Asia Pacific Youth Robotics Competition is held twice a year during the June and November school holidays for children 9 to 17 to design, build, and compete in various robotics games.
Children 6-8 use Scratch, Makey Makey, Dash, and others as an introduction to programming. Student projects focus on thinking creatively, reasoning logically, and working collaboratively. Children 9-11 learn how to write their own apps and games with increasing complexity. After age 12, students focus on building a solid foundation in computer science with not only challenging work, but by tackling issues within the community such as privacy and security.
Lead image courtesy of Coding Lab. Brought to you in partnership with Coding Lab, Early Coders, SG Code Campus, The Keys, Saturday Kids and Loshberry.