$590

PythonThinker Programming with Minecraft - Weekends (SAT / SUN) Class

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Computhink Kids

203 Hougang Street 21

#01-83

Singapore, Singapore 530203

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PythonThinker - Programming with Python and Minecraft Class

"In the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn."
- Stephen Hawking
(Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, and Author)



Learn Python Programming the fun way with Minecraft!


Why should your child learn Python Programming?


1. Python is one of the top 10 programming languages in the world and is highly in demand by employers in the biggest technology firms such as Google, Facebook, Youtube, and more


2. You can use Python for pretty much everything.

  • Data Science & Big Data Analysis

  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

  • Web Development (i.e. make websites)

  • Finance and Trading

  • Network Systems and Security

  • Scientific and Mathematical Computing

  • Basic Game Development

  • And much more!


3. Python is widely used in Data Science and Machine Learning Projects. In Singapore, Python was used to analyze train schedule data, and successfully identified the rogue train which was causing massive train delays on the Circle Line.


4. Python Programmers are in demand and are amongst the most highly paid programmers in the US and the world.


5. Python is very beginner friendly. Python Language Syntax is clean, readable and elegant which makes it the perfect language for beginners to start learning to program.


6. Python is a language of choice for MOE O’Levels Computing Subject.




Why learn Python Programming with Minecraft?


We believe that the best way to learn is when the student is self-motivated to complete certain tasks that they are interested in. We use Minecraft as the environment for students to practice their code, but the focus is always on the programming. As we always say in class, “Show me your code.”


In the PythonThinker Programming with Minecraft Class, students learn computational and programming concepts with Python® and use these skills to build big structures in Minecraft such as a house with a swimming pool, or a high tower surrounded by a flowing lava moat in just a few seconds and with just a few lines of code!

By learning how to write programs in Python and applying it in Minecraft, your child will learn a new skill while having absolute fun in Minecraft!


This course is part of our beginner Python® Programming Class suitable for young programmers aged 11 and above.


Learning Goals


  • Develop an ability to think like a Programmer and apply Computational Thinking concepts to Design, Create and Code, using the Python programming language.

  • Acquire Python programming skills and coding concepts that professional programmers use in their daily work.

  • Empower students to think, to imagine, to explore, to create and most importantly, learn something useful while having fun.



Course Outline

3 modules (Total 24 classes)

  • Beginner PythonThinker (8 Classes)

  • Intermediate PythonThinker (8 Classes)

  • Advanced PythonThinker (8 Classes)


• You can sign up for each module separately.


• Build complex structures with Python® and Minecraft, do time-consuming tasks in Minecraft instantly with algorithms


• Python® syntax, coding structure, loops, conditionals, data types and algorithm design


• Create, Design and Build in Minecraft…faster and better with Python!

Age Group:

• 11 years old and above


Location:

• Computhink @ Kovan (2 minutes walk from Kovan MRT)
203, Hougang Street 21, #01-83
* Near NTUC Finest


Pre-Requisites:

• Students should have attended our ScratchThinker classes or have at least attended 10 hours of programming classes in other schools.
• Student suitability can also be assessed for suitability by attending our trial class


Equipment

• A laptop will be provided for each child.
• If you would like to bring your own laptop (Windows 8 and above only), do let us know in advance!
• Students can use their own Minecraft login user id and password (for PCs). We will also help to provide the Minecraft ID on request.


Course Promotion

***Sign up now and enjoy special fee discounts until Sep 2018 ***



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.



Why Computhink?


1:6 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:


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.

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.


What else can I do?


This class is, well, just the beginning. By the end of the 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, makey-makey for home DIY projects), your child will be able to put their skills learned in this course to good use.


Follow-on Mastery Classes


What's next after this class? Like any learning, learning programming is best done through regular practice and with guidance from experts. And this is why we offer the Computhink CodeMentor classes which provides regular weekly practice while exposing the kids to various programming languages such as intermediate Scratch, HTML, Python, and Javascript.


Building on the basic programming concepts learned 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 Computhink classes. Our goal is to develop your kid’s interest in programming and guide him or her to reach a skill level to be comfortable enough to build their own websites or creating suitable apps to solve everyday issues and make things better.



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Note: We may be taking photographs or videos of the students during the class. By registering your child's attendance, you agree to grant 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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Sources:

(https://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/software/the-2017-top-programming-languages)

(https://blog.data.gov.sg/how-we-caught-the-circle-line-rogue-train-with-data-79405c86ab6a)

(https://www.daxx.com/article/python-developer-salary-usa)

(http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/19-schools-to-offer-programming-at-o-levels)


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#01-83

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