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.
“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.