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[Channel 8] Coding for Kids?

Nullspace C4RL feature on Channel 8 Frontline: Coding enrichment classes for children is gaining popularity in Singapore. What is coding? Can kids really code?

Aired: 10 Jun 2016

Why learn coding?

Jodan Kerk (student at Centre for Robotics Learning):

因为我觉得学编码很有用,也很酷。我们很多日常用品都需要编码来制造,比如交通灯和车子的后退感应器。我们的李显龙总理也喜欢,也会编码。

I feel that coding is useful and really cool. There are several common applications that require coding such as traffic light controlling and car reverse sensor. Our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is a coder too!

What is a good age to get kids started on coding?

Alan Yong (Tech Director, Nullspace Robotics)

8岁以下的小朋友他们的逻辑思维还有头脑的发展还没成熟。所以很多时候在编码或者做电脑程序的时候,有些逻辑他们没办法真的体会。毕竟编码是跟数学是紧密相关的。

We find that children below 8 years old do not have a fully developed capacity for logic thinking. More often than not, they will not be able to fully appreciate the logical steps behind programming. Needless to say, programming and mathematics are two sides of the same coin.

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