What if your child is given the opportunity to learn meaningfully using the laptop or mobile devices, and have fun with his or her peers at the same time? What would you child create?
Sign up for the FREE Trial Beginner Class on Saturday, 1 pm to 2 pm, at The Grandstand (previously Turf City), to find out more!
Here's what your child will experience at the free trial class...
- Learn basic Scratch (ideal programming language for children)
- Experience hands-on creating mini programmes* using Scratch programming
- Be guided by our experienced programmer trainer (MOE-registered) throughout
- ...and much much more!
Besides learning Scratch and creating mini games, the purpose of the trial class is to allow your child the opportunity to try out programming and see if he or she has any interest in this area. Regardless of whether your child joins the programming or IT field or not later on in life, learning programming is beneficial as it hones a child's logical thinking and creativity as he or she sets out to solve the problem, and also learn teamwork and collaborative skills as he or she work together with their peers in class.
Why not let your child spend an hour of fun and learning at Computhink? If your child is 7 to 16 years old, now is the best time to let him or her have a headstart in programming! Sign up your child now for the trial and have fun programming at Computhink (www.computhink.com.sg)! Better yet, sign up with a sibling or a friend and enjoy the fun together!
*You will get to keep the Scratch project which your child did in the trial class.
Register for the Free Trial Beginner Class and find out how your child can benefit from learning programming at Computhink!
1:8 Trainer to kids ratio in each class
By keeping the class small, we ensure that each kid gets the guidance and coaching he or she needs to create and bring their imaginations to life through programming. Besides allowing us to get to know your kid better, we also encourage the kids in our classes to also get to know one another and this is better facilitated in a small group setting.
Hands-on activity-based learning
We believe that kids learn best when they do it themselves in a fun environment. That is why we ensure that each kid is given a laptop to work their own respective projects and try their hand in the programming projects and activities. It is heartening each time we see the kids beaming and being proud of themselves when they could get the code to work as they want it to.
Our Teaching Philosophy
This idea that kids will learn anything that they want to, when they are given the freedom to create, inspires and drives our teaching philosophy. In this, we are influenced by the work of Sugata Mitra (Educational Researcher) whose research demonstrates the effect that a child’s innate curiosity and interest have on learning complex subjects outside the normal school environment. The key word here is interest. By itself, it is a simple word and concept, easily understood, but not so easy to influence, especially with children.
At Computhink, our approach to this learning conundrum is three-pronged and can be described by these 3 questions by the child:
1. What can I do?
What is possible and achievable by programming? We approach this question by showing examples of fun projects that can be done with programming. These can include small mini-games or animations. In the beginner stage, the child would be unsure of what can be done, and it is helpful to be able to emulate and enhance something that is fun and cool.
2. How can I do it?
Secondly, we guide the children to ask open-ended questions. For example, “How can I make the character walk? Can it jump? Can it fly?” As we answer these questions, this is where the learning starts for the child as we guide them along.
3. What else can I do?
The Beginner Computhink class is, well, just the beginning. By the end of the 4 classes, the child would have grasped the basics of programming and computational thinking, and we want to show them what else is possible. By interfacing with other platforms (e.g. Arduino for robotics, Littlebits for home DIY projects), your child will be able to put their skills learnt in this course to good use.
Follow-on Mastery Classes
All students who sign up for the Beginner Computhink for Kids! holiday class will get to try out an additional Computhink Code Club class for FREE!
Principal Trainer: David Lee - Master of Technology (Knowledge Engineering) - NUS
David graduated with a Master of Technology from NUS where he explored A.I. technologies and optimisation algorithms.
He has 12 years of experience in the IT industry and has designed and programmed enterprise systems. He was most recently a Project Manager with one of the world’s largest investment banks where he managed and executed projects building online and mobile banking solutions.
David is a registered instructor with MOE and has taught and coached students in Changkat Primary, Red Swastika Primary, Teck Ghee Primary, Rulang Primary and Poi Ching Primary (and more!) in Scratch Programming as part of the Code for Fun initiative. He conducts programming holiday camps and regular classes at the Grandstand (previously Turf City).
**Note: We will be taking photographs or videos of the students during the class. By registering your child's attendance, you are granting Computhink your permission to use photographs, videos or other materials produced during the class as part of Computhink's electronic or non-electronic promotional materials.