The Python Sessions
Prerequisites: Basics of Code 6 or Principles of Code 1
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.
This course is designed to serve as a bridging course for graduates of our Basics of Code sequence (for ages 8-12) transiting into more advanced programming as well as the sophomore course for Principles of Code Level 1 students who wish to spend more time learning the intricacies of elementary Python programming before hitting the more abstract ideas covered in Level 3.
Classes are run as a guided problem solving sessions where students apply their newly acquired Python skills to solving puzzles in text processing, music creation, graphics programming and simple game development.
“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.