micro:bit - From Blocks to Python
Prerequisites: Basics of Code 3M
Prospective students with other prior programming experience will need to pass a placement test to be eligible for this course offering. Please contact us here should you wish to have your child take our placement test.
In this next course in the blocks-to-Python sequence our students will build project-based mini-programs in both the micro:bit blocks editor and Python that expose them to the Internet of Things - an application of programming where marrying software with hardware provides real-world solutions to everyday problems. Each Code Camper is provided with a micro:bit, as well as a MacBook laptop to run the micro:bit solutions.
At the end of the course, our students will understand how basic programming concepts encountered thus far like variables, loops, events and conditionals come together to create a hardware solution.
“Coding” is synonymous with “programming”. It refers to the art of writing computer code, which are instructions that a computer can follow to solve problems. Practically every facet of technology that we encounter in our daily lives - from online banking systems to video games on our iPhone, from the GPS systems we rely on navigation to the security systems that protect our homes and offices, is created from code.
Python is one of the world's most popular languages (consistently ranked within the Top 10 in recent years by Tiobe ) that is known for its learner-friendly syntax, versatility and ubiquity in the workplace. It is also a language that most of our instructors have had the pleasure of using in the workplace. In addition, students and parents might be interested to know that Computing will be available as an examinable subject for the Singapore "O" levels beginning in 2017 and Python will be the language taught in the curriculum.