Principles of Code Sequence (Age 13-16)

Principles of Code: Level 3
Secondary 1 - 4 (Ages 13-16)

Python Abstractions

In the physical world, many people solve problems through analogy - rehashing and reusing solutions to old problems we have seen to new problems that look and feel familiar.

In computer science, we study how to do this through what computer scientists call abstraction. Code Campers will learn to bend the Python language to fit the context of the problems they are solving. This approach is what enables financial coders to create programmatic representations of stocks and bonds to model market prices, and bioinformatics researchers to code up the human genome to study its properties.

UPCOMING SESSIONS
2:00pm - 4:30pm
Holiday Schedule
6 Week-long classes (2.5 hrs each):
Mar 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Location
Parkway Centre,
1 Marine Parade Central
#03-04, S(449408)
SGD785
Early Bird*: SGD760
SOLD OUT

*at least 14 days before the first class
Frequently Asked Questions

“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.

Communicating with a computer requires the use of a language, just like how communicating with another human being involves the use of a language like English or Korean. The difference is that writing code for a computer in a particular language is a little like speaking to somebody who is absolutely particular about grammar and punctuation - any deviation from a language’s rules results in a computer not being able to accept the programmed instructions. Different computer languages are well-suited to doing different tasks. For example, JavaScript is the undisputed lingua franca of the web, LISP is used extensively by NASA and in Artificial intelligence research while C and FORTRAN finds its adherents in high finance especially in the field of high frequency trading.

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.