“Everyone should learn how to code. It teaches you how to think”
- Steve Jobs
Did You Know these 8 facts about coding?
All upper primary pupils will have coding classes for kids from next year, as part of the Government's goal to develop a healthy pipeline of tech talent for the digital economy in Singapore.
In Finland, starting fall 2016, coding enrichment classes for kids is a mandatory, cross curricular activity that starts from first year of school. Coding courses for kids becomes another learning skill for pupils to utilize when appropriate.
National University of Singapore makes computational thinking compulsory, citing teaching models “cannot afford to keep still”, even if some students are reluctant to study programming courses.
As early as 2014, coding school for kids starts for children as young as 5 years old in United Kingdom.
In 2017, Swedish government has approved coding courses for kids proposed by National Agency for Education. The curriculum was implemented in 2018.
Computer programming courses for kids will become a mandatory subject in Japan's elementary schools from April 2020, as the country seeks to train a new generation in highly sought information technology skills.
In 2015, Australia mandates coding lessons for kids for all primary school students.
In 2017, State Council of China issued a plan, calling for Artificial Intelligence (AI) education in primary and secondary school
Young Engineers programs bring the students to a higher level of coding education which is what we called computational or algorithmic thinking. Most parents knew that coding lessons for kids is important but the process of problem solving via computer coding is the highest education level that they should provide to the kids. Most coding courses for kids are merely asking the students to input some codes and observe how the robots or models behave. In Young Engineers coding program, every Coding classes for kids results in a new product and each time they will be solving a problem related to that project. Coding classes for kids in Singapore are getting more popular.
The biggest take-away of each project is computational or algorithmic thinking training by breaking bigger problems into smaller problems and solving them systematic with codes. There is no right or wrong answers in such situations. There are many paths that could lead to having the same problems solve but in totally different approach. These are the essence of computational thinking.
That is the reasons why National University of Singapore insist that this is a compulsory module even if the students are not taking up any engineering or technology related faculty.
Below is the brief explanation of computational thinking by Wikipedia
“In education, computational thinking is a set of problem-solving methods that involve expressing problems and their solutions in ways that a computer could execute.”- Wikipedia
Listen to what our parents say
"Lucas have been with Young Engineers since the start of Bricks Challenge class. He has been with the school since 2017. It has been an enjoyable time for him and he always look forward to his classes. As he advances to RoboBricks in 2019, he had attained the skill set of building more sophisticated models with programming with software as well as logical thinking and planning. At the same time, he has learnt to work in teams and acquired public speaking and presentation skills. These technical and soft skills needed for his future progression in school and life. We were glad to have enrolled him in this course. Thank you"
(Mummy of Lucas, Graduate of Robo Bricks 2019)
"The main thing I like about Young Engineers' Robo Brick program is that the child gets to come up with their own lego robotic model and program to move based on what they have learnt through a series of guided sessions. The child is not just following instructions to build or code, but it makes them think and design their own desired movable robot."
(Mummy of Liam, 9 YO)
So how do you participate in Young Engineers coding programs?
Depending on the age group, we have programs from age 5 to 15.
Ok, so do you have any programs for my 5 years old kid?
Introducing for the first time in Singapore and internationally, kids below 6 years old can finally get a chance to learn coding without touching any screen (no tablets or laptop). Can you imagine it???
Coding classes for children has since change the way coding is taught for the younger children.
Our revolutionary AlgoPlay program took us 3 years to develop and it is finally ready to launch worldwide. And it is totally different from any of the Coding for kids programs. Students get to learn coding or programming even before they learn how to read and write. AlgoPlay provides programming classes for kids in a fun and interactive way.
Students first begin by constructing a building block model, then create various lines of code using function & Parameter blocks. Finally, by pressing the “Play” block, the robot will perform the coding sequence.
In each kids coding class, the student will perform high level programming tasks such as Algorithm planning, Functions & Parameters, Conditioning, Loops, Multithreading, Debugging, Race Condition, sensor applications and more.
AlgoPlay equips students with the professional skills necessary for understanding the logic behind almost any coding language that exists today.
Even Prince William dropped by our Young Engineers HQ to learn more about this leading-edge education tools on screen-free coding language.
Since the launch of AlgoPlay program in late 2019, we have received overwhelming responses from parents and schools as one of the enrichment classes for primary students. It has been one of the best stem classes for kids. Not only for schools, we have also reach out as enrichment classes for preschoolers too.
Ok cool, I bet you do not have any programs for older kids such as 10 to 12 years old?
Of course, we have too! Our Robobricks program will complete our offering for students from 8 to 12 years old. For this group of students, they will be performing graphical coding via LEGO WE DO2.0 education tools. They will be solving problems by breaking them into small tasks and translating these tasks into codes to be processed by machines. This is the algorithmic or computational thinking process that we impart to the students which are critical for their progression into higher education such as university.
My kid just finished his PSLE and going into Secondary school next year. What is the recommended program for him?
Yes, Robotic and software engineering is our highest coding program for students with Robotic experience and yet wanted to enhance their coding skillset to the next level. Our student to instructor ratio is low as compared to the robotic class they attended in their schools. In most cases, our instructor only need to attend to 3-4 students at most and this will enable them to learn by asking more questions and solving more problems.
In most cases, our students attending this program can go and participate in some robotic competitions. This is another highest level of learning, with real world competitions experience, they will be expose to new challenges outside of their comfort zones.
Young Engineers believes in teaching through the Spiral Learning Technique. In this method, each enrichment program builds on the previous program’s curriculum. In addition, we always encourage newcomers and reteach lessons to make sure all students are up to speed.
With the tangible coding language of Algobrix®, students begin by constructing a building block model, then create various lines of code using function & Parameter blocks. Finally, by pressing the Play block, the robot will perform the coding sequence.
By matching function and parameter blocks together, the child creates a command for the robot. For example, moving it forward or turning on a red light. By putting the blocks together one after the other, it creates a code that the model will execute.
It is one of the best code class for kids to prevent the over-exposure and reliants of devices such as tablets and mobile phones which are mostly used in many coding classes for kids in Singapore. It is not surprising to get raving praises as one of the best enrichment for kids globally.
The Robobricks course objective is to introduce the students to theoretical and practical aspects of the fields of Technology, Software Engineering, Math and Entrepreneurship.
The programming course for kids develops algorithmic thinking and program implementation, using the LEGO® WeDo graphic programming. During each lesson, students will build a robot using LEGO® parts and program it according to the required functionality. Most programming tasks will be performed using English terms.
This enrichment program objective is achieved when the students design a software and mechanical engineering project, study its market and use rhetorical methods to make a successful presentation to investors. Robobricks is one of our most popular coding enrichment classes around the world.
Robotics & Software Engineering course focuses on exploring the world of Robotics from a professional engineering perspective. Special emphasis on programming solutions will promote the creation of sophisticated and accurate robots to study the fields of Science, Technology, Mechanical and Software Engineering, and Math (STEM) comprehensively.
The R&SE enrichment program offers extensive team work and cooperation to reflect the complex engineering challenges that exist in the industry. The program aligns with the university engineering curricula in order to prepare students for the industrial world. Students will tackle the same engineering challenges and solve them by using the EV3 graphics programing.
Robotics and Software Engineering is one of the programming courses for kids which prepares them for First LEGO League (FLL) competition. It provides extra incentive for students to use Robotics subject as a Direct School Admission to the Secondary (DSA-Sec).
Ok, tell me what is so special about Young Engineers Coding programs
- Education must be entertaining, otherwise it won’t be effective. Using LEGO as the educational tool is the most important form of entertainment. Our exclusive LEGO kit design allows kids to spend more time to build and play rather than searching for the right parts to fit.
- It is based on a “do-not-force-it” learning method. Kids learn at their own pace and their own creation. No competition, no tests, no grades.
- STEM and coding concepts will be taught in many different ways to allow them a different dimension of using it as an application. For example, centrifugal force can be taught with our Ferris wheel, Carousel and Laundry machine models. In this way, students will be able to grasp and appreciate the theory in greater depth.
- Our program is structure in such a way that key concepts and principles are first introduced in a fun and easy to understand ways such as showing an animation or relating them to everyday tasks. We make the students realized that Science and technology are always around us. They will then start to build a model which further demonstrate the concept in an application way. Once they are done, they can exhibit their creativity by improving on it with additional features. Finally, they will be given a problem to solve. There is not a single second where they fail to learn, have fun and apply their knowledge in any application.
- Our trainers had to go through numerous hours of STEM Robotic training and need to achieve at least 85% to pass the examination before qualifying to teach in our Young Engineers class
- Our curriculum is accepted and endorsed by renown university such as Harvard Graduate School in collaboration with Singapore’s NIE as the best way to impart STEM education in Singapore.
Keen to know what your kids learn during our programs? We have progress report to update you.
Parents are always asking us what the kids are learning and models they make during the class. One of our delivery for every term ends, our instructors will be providing a report on what they do during the class. There are 5 skillset we are focusing on for every term.
Fine motor skill
Spatial Vision skill
Young Engineers Singapore has 6 centers to serve the growing demand of STEM and coding programs through fun learning activities.
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