Minecraft Coding for Kids with Python - Holiday Class (5 to 8 Dec)
Monday, 5 December 2016 at 09:30 - Thursday, 8 December 2016 at 11:00 (SGT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Minecraft Coding for Kids with Python®
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known"
- Carl Sagan
This is part of the Beginner Python Programming Class suitable for young programmers aged 12 and above.
Does your kid spend hours playing Minecraft? As a parent, are you concerned about the wasted time on idle entertainment? Why not convert those hours into learning new programming skills with Python®?
- Develop an ability to think like a Programmer and apply Computational Thinking concepts to Design, Create and Code, using the Python programming language.
- Acquire basic Python programming skills and coding concepts that professional programmers use in their daily work.
- Harness the opportunities to think, to imagine, to explore, to create and most importantly, learn something useful while having fun.
- Getting to know Python® and Minecraft
- Python® syntax, coding structure, loops, conditionals and data types
- 7 Basic Concepts of Computer Programming (that all Professional Programmers use!)
- 5 Steps of Computational Thinking
- Incorporating Python programming into Minecraft
- Create, Design and Build in Minecraft…faster and better with Python!
5, 6, 7, 8 Dec (Mon - Thu), 9.30 am - 11.00 am
The Grandstand, #04-10B, 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994
Classes are available for children age 12 and above
What is Python?
- Python is one of the most frequently used programming language in the world (top 10 programming language in 2016).
- Python's syntax is simple, clear and very closely resembles the English Language which makes it very suitable for young programmers to learn.
What is Python used for?
Python has been around for more than 20 years and has many libraries that gives it a lot of functionalities, such as
- Web and Internet development (e.g. Dropbox, Survey Monkey, Bitly)
- Scientific and Numeric programming, data analysis and modeling (e.g. in forecasting earthquakes)
- Desktop applications (e.g. in 3D animation for films)
- Networking and System Administration (e.g. OpenStack in cloud computing)
- ...and much much more!
Smart Nation and MOE Focus on Computing
Since the launch of the Smart Nation initiative, our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has been calling for children to be exposed to programming from a young age.
While computing has been taught in some schools as an enrichment or offered as a CCA for some time, it was only recently announced that programming will be offered as a subject at the 'O' Level examinations and the programming language students will learn is Python.
Certainly, we at Computhink believe that this is a step in the right direction. However, learning to program in a purely academic and examination-driven setting can have an adverse effect on the child's long-term interest in programming.
That is why, we believe learning Python should be fun, and we have incorporated Python programming with a popular game that I'm sure your child knows: Minecraft!
Why Learn Python Programming with Minecraft?
Students will learn the Python programming language, basic concepts of programming and how to think computationally to solve problems.
However, rather than writing code and looking at text output (which can be quite boring!), students will write Python codes and exercise their creativity to build amazing things at a very fast speed in Minecraft.
For example, by using a concept called loops (which makes the computer does something again and again), students can build big structures like a house with a swimming pool, or a high tower surrounded by a flowing lava moat in just a few seconds (or less) with lines of code.
By writing programs in Python, your child can build amazing things, and learn to re-use the same code again and again to build more things in different Minecraft worlds.
What this class is NOT about
This class is NOT about letting your child learn and play Minecraft. Some play is involved, but the focus is always on learning to program. :)
Note: "Python" and the Python logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Python Software Foundation, used by Computhink with permission from the Foundation.
- Use promo code 'SG51' and get $51 off; and
- All students who sign up for this holiday class will get an additional Computhink Code Club class for FREE! (see Follow-on Mastery Classes in the last section).
- See http://www.computhink.com.sg/computhink-code-club/ for more info on the Code Club classes available.
Although this is a class for beginners, it is preferred if your child has some programming background (e.g. in Scratch or other platforms).
If you would like to bring your own laptop (Windows 7 and above only), do let us know in advance! Otherwise, windows laptops will be used and provided for each child.
Students must have their own Minecraft login user id and password.
David Lee, Principal Trainer
Master of Technology (Knowledge Engineering) - NUS
David graduated with a Master of Technology (Knowledge Engineering) from the Institute of Systems Science, National University of Singapore where he dabbled in A.I. techniques.
He has 12 years of experience in the I.T. industry, and he has written programs, led teams of programmers and managed Project Teams.
David is a Project Management Professional (PMP), and Professional Scrum Master (PSM).
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? - This 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
Building on the basic programming concepts learnt from the current class, at the Code Club, kids will learn how these same basic concepts are applied and used in the other programming languages to do different things such as building websites and creating mobile apps and games. It is through regular and varied practice that promotes mastery and that is what we aim to do at our Computhink Code Club. Our goal is to develop your kid’s interest in programming and guide him or her to reach a skills level to be comfortable enough to build their own websites or creating suitable apps to solve everyday issues and make things better.
All students who sign up for this holiday class will get to attend a regular Computhink Code Club class for FREE!
Note: We may be taking photographs or videos of the students during the class. By registering your child's attendance, you agree to 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.
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Computhink provides Computational Thinking and Computer Programming classes for curious kids aged 7-16.
Our classes are customised to help your child learn essential programming skills quickly, easily and have fun creating at the same time.
Learn, explore, program, think computationally, have fun and share in the wonder of creation with your child.
For enquiries, please call +65 8309 9913