Make coding fun, byte by byte

Vincent Chang and Lester Wong find out why coding is increasingly seen as an essential skill in the digital economy and how to get kids interested in it

What began as a one-week coding programme last December for Leah Loh culminated in the 10-year-old Methodist Girls' School pupil winning the top prize at Code XtremeApps, an annual hackathon competition organised by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).

Her team of three beat 30 other teams in the junior category (aged 12 and below). The result was announced during the prize presentation yesterday at the Singapore Management University.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2019, with the headline 'Make coding fun, byte by byte'. Print Edition | Subscribe