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Meet Lucas Loh! – His Learning Journey with The Lab Singapore

Meet Lucas!

Lucas is not your typical 11 year old. Like many boys his age, he loves his computer games  – but he is also passionate in programming.

His mom quoted, “He loves playing coding games (particularly Clash of Code)”.

“Coding is sometimes fun and sometimes difficult. If you can solve the question, you feel good.” says Lucas.

Early Beginnings

Lucas’s journey began at an early age with a robotics school in the East.

“I love Lego and my parents enrolled me into a robotics school while walking in a shopping mall one day!”

Unfortunately, as much as Lucas loved Lego/robotics, his journey was cut short as the learning environment did not suit him.

Months later, Lucas’s mum came across The Lab Singapore and enrolled him. Since then, his skills and enthusiasm have gone from strength to strength.

Lucas has been a student of The Lab since 2019. His humble beginnings of programming begun with The Lab Junior Program for ages 7-9 years old. Lucas did not start out as a star. He was a normal student like anyone else. He was not the fastest or smartest in class. Yet, it was The Lab’s learning style that allowed him to thrive in the class. 

The Lab strongly believes in learning without boundaries. What that means is that we give students the required amount of time for them to learn and understand, especially when programming can be quite complex. Each student are given their individual tasks and leaning journey. Through this way of learning. Lucas blossomed.

To date, he has completed The Lab Coder Program and is now in The Lab X Competitive Programming Course. 

Last August, Lucas competed in one of the largest coding competitions in Singapore, the Coding Olympics Singapore 2022, held by the Singapore Science Centre.

More than 100 primary schools in Singapore with thousands of students participated in this single event and Lucas emerged as one of the winners under Category B. 

Days before the competition, he said nonchalantly “The practice questions are so easy!”.

The Lab is highly fortunate to have aspiring programmers like Lucas who enjoy coding and appreciate The Labs unique teaching style.

We hope that Lucas’s story will inspire more young coders to take up programming and one day be as passionate as Lucas!

What does Lucas wants to say to you, aspiring coders?

“You must have interest to do coding because it takes a lot of patience. MOST IMPORTANTLY, never give up! “

What does Lucas’s mom has to say about us?

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Coding V.S. Robotics

Coding… Robotics… Programming… STEM… STEAM… Today, parents are spoiled with a myriad of choices for their kids. And with choices, comes confusion – the paradox of choice. In this article, we will focus on a very common question most parents ask: Coding vs Robotics. These two terms are often interchangeably used. But are they the same?

Let us look at the differences between Coding and Robotics.

What is it about?

Coding

Children learn to write instructions for robots or machines. There are 2 types of languages:

1) Block-based (eg. Scratch)

2) Text-based (eg. Python)

Robotics

Children learn to design and build robots. They learn to program the robots to perform and execute certain tasks. There are 2 types of languages:

1)Block-based (eg. Lego Robotics)

2) Text-based (eg. C++)

What do they learn?

Focus on software and developing step by step instructions by applying logical thinking skills and mathematical knowledge.

Focus on hardware (i.e. the structures and mechanicals of the robots) and software (i.e. coding knowledge).

Accessibility

There are free coding games available for home-practices (Tynker, Minecraft, Scratch etc.).

Robotics kits are required for home-practices.

Is it suitable for remote learning?

Flexible for on-site and online learning.

On-site learning is highly recommended.

What can they use with the knowledge?

Children equipped with the knowledge of text-based language (ie. Python) are able to develop apps or games so long they have a computer.

Children develop high logical and critical thinking skills. These skills tend to assist children in their school work, particularly in subjects such as Mathematics and Science.

Children are able to use their creativity to design and create their own robot or even modify their toys.

Children develop strong technical skills for engineering. Engineering can help a child to understand real-world technologies and problems, thus allowing them to see how their other school subjects are relative to their lives and the world around them.

Future Perspective

Children have broader selections including Robotics engineering, Web and App developing, Software engineering etc.

Children may pursue education in specific areas in engineering such as Robotics engineering , Aerospace engineering, Mechanical engineering etc.

Robotics school usually caters to younger children, as robotics can be a good starting platform for children. Robots serve as a useful educational tool as kids learn faster and better through visual cues. As such, some coding schools include robots as part of their facilitation elements for younger children to see tangible results based on their coding.

As we move up the age levels, it may be advisable to move to a coding/programming school as visual cues are no longer necessary in facilitating the learning progression of a child. Additionally, learning coding gives a child a broader selection of choices for them to pursue their interests.

The Lab Singapore provides coding to children ages 5 to 16 years old. The unique difference lies with the use of robots to teach coding as the school believes that robots are a good tool to facilitate the deliverance of their curriculum. 

Interested to find out more? Register for our free trial class at www.thelab.sg to experience The Lab!

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