Coding and programming classes for students to smooth transition to Smart Nation

Wellington Primary School students learning how to code in the computer lab. More than 19,000 pupils and students, from primary to tertiary levels, have benefited from an initiative launched in April 2014 that aimed to spark their interest in co
Wellington Primary School students learning how to code in the computer lab. More than 19,000 pupils and students, from primary to tertiary levels, have benefited from an initiative launched in April 2014 that aimed to spark their interest in coding. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

SINGAPORE - More than 19,000 pupils and students, from primary to tertiary levels, have benefited from an initiative launched in April 2014 that aimed to spark their interest in coding.

The Code@SG Movement, which is organised by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, wants to make coding something most people can do, and create a base of technology and software professionals.

The initiative offers enrichment classes teaching the basics of programming to young people, along with up to 63 courses offered to members of infocomm clubs, a co-curricular activity for those interested in honing their coding skills.

Students at Wellington Primary School, for instance, had enrichment classes where they learn how to program robots, design and print 3D models, and develop their own games.

These Code for Fun enrichment programmes have taught some 2,700 pupils from 23 schools.

Speaking at Wellington Primary on Monday, Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said the Code@SG movement would help build the skillset needed for Singapore's transition to a Smart Nation, where coding would become a necessity.

"The movement is also a way to demystify information and communications technology (ICT), so that our kids will then have an interest to pursue a career in ICT. We can build up the ICT manpower we need badly to transition into a smart nation," said Dr Yaacob.