Game Programming Bootcamp (Coding with Scratch)

[Review]

Do you know that Singapore has plans to introduce programming lessons in public schools (read news here)?   


In fact, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has initiated Infocomm Clubs Programme which is a Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) for primary, secondary and junior college students. It aims to excite students about infocomm in a fun and meaningful way by helping them to learn new infocomm skills and to cultivate leadership and entrepreneurship capabilities at an early age.  Not ALL public schools have this CCA though, AJ's primary school is one of those which does not have.

So AJ learns coding at home on his own.  He was also very fortunate to be blessed with a sponsorship by The Kid Coders during this year-end school holiday to enhance his coding skills.  It was also unfortunate of him that he had caught a nasty virus which got him developed into acute bronchitis and he had to miss bulk of the workshop. However, he was able to learn from his friend ZC (who attended the same workshop) on what was covered and he completed his game at home.  


An hour session with ZC to catch up on his coding work 

The works of both AJ and ZC were already uploaded in Scratch website.  You may like to click on the links to view their works here:

AJ ~ http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/39597066/
ZC ~ http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/39213432/


AJ was also promoted from a New Scratcher to a Scratcher by Scratch recently.  He was so happy about it.  To be promoted to a Scratcher, one needs to have a few Scratch projects, made several comments, and have been on Scratch for at least 2 weeks.



I am glad that the Republic has plans to move towards introducing coding in schools.  Learning computer science developed young people into “technology designers and creators” rather than merely “technology users”. If you are keen to send your child(ren) to Scratch coding programme this December holiday or in January next year, you may like to contact The Kid Coders here.  

We are thankful to the trainer Juliana Ung.  Though AJ wasn't able to attend the full workshop, I received feedback from ZC's mother that she was a very patient and helpful trainer.  When ZC was unable to catch up with the class, she voluntarily stayed back to coach him personally. 


Trainer Juliana with the happy kids at graduation of this Game Programming Bootcamp

Lastly, I end my happy review of this Game Programming Bootcamp with a newspaper article on The Kid Coder.  The link of this article below is here.




The Kid Coders
Website:  thekidcoders.com
Facebook:  facebook.com/thekidcoders
Tel:  9691 8603 

My preview blog post on Coding is here.


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