Enter the class of 2019, where blackboards, crayons, and textbooks are replaced by social media, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and all things smart. With technology changing the way classrooms work in today’s digital era, it’s become more imperative than ever to embrace the learning models of tomorrow. Which is why it’s no surprise all the cool kids are getting into coding, and it’s only a matter of time before schools start implementing it. But for now, here’s a more fun and accessible way to boost your tech chops.

Cue Coding Lab, a premiere educational institution that prides itself on a MIT-inspired curriculum that helps to develop your computational thinking and problem-solving skills, all while sparking your inner creativity and keeping things relevant to the real world. Think writing your own code, creating your own apps… Always wondered how the Instagram algorithm works? Or how social media advertisements always seem to be tailored to your latest interests? It’s no magic trick; just python applications!

While it may seem like a labyrinth of gibberish at first, coding will be an absolute breeze once you’ve gotten the hang of it, much like picking up a foreign language. The best part about Coding Lab is that they offer a wide range of specialised programmes tailored to your age and skill sets, so whether you’re a tech geek or a complete newbie, it’s a great place to get started.

Don’t just hear it from us; we’ve enlisted three young but super-savvy students to share with us more on their coding journey thus far.

Unlocking His Potential To Success (Elijah, 13)

Elijah

Meet Elijah, the youngest medallist for the National Olympiad in Informatics (NOI) 2019, one of the most prestigious coding competitions organised annually by the National University of Singapore. The 13-year old ACS(I) boy has grown from the then inquisitive Primary Fiver into one of Coding Lab’s most stellar teenage talents, as he flourishes through their exclusive NOI C++ training programme. So if you’re an aspiring coder like Elijah, don’t be afraid to venture into the world of code – think of all the amazing opportunities waiting for you!

Coding A Better World (Ian, 14) 

Ian

If you’re someone who just wants to create for leisure, why not take it a step further by giving back to society? Utilising his coding skills for the greater good, Ian is proud to have conceived a meaningful app for the elderly all by himself. At just 14 years old, the Hwa Chong Institution student has launched his very own app, Silver Plus, which fosters engagement within the elderly community. Elaborating on the concept behind his idea, the passionate student shares, “I came up with the idea as the suggested theme for school projects this year was on giving back to the community. I wanted to match this theme with my love for technology.”

An Unexpected Calling (Sarah, 17)

Sarah

So you think programming, tech and all that jazz are way out of your league? Well, think again – Sarah discovered her calling in code after her first baby steps into the realms of Python. Like most of us, the Hwa Chong International student started out using the laptop for a mere Google search, YouTube videos or simply a routine scroll through Facebook. Little did she expect to get hooked onto coding. “My interest surprised even myself,” she exclaims.

With just six months of training, the budding talent then went on to participate in NOI 2018 and clinched an Honourable Mention. We’re talking someone who started from ground zero right here! And to all the other newbies considering about starting their coding journey, the avid girl programmer advises to not be afraid and give it a shot. “It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the troves of information online, but don’t let this get the better of you. Just take things step by step. Coding is a lifelong journey.” 

This post is brought to you by Coding Lab.

Code your way to success at Coding Lab! For those aged 13 to 18 who are interested in finding out more about what Coding Lab has to offer, head over here to check out the Secondary & JC classes available. Fees range from $445 to $745.

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