Principles of Code Sequence (Age 13-16)

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

Game Programming with Pygame

While the earlier courses were primarily focused on providing our students with the foundation and the core ideas defining the craft of computer programming, this 4th course can be seen as the programming equivalent of a creative writing class.

PyGame is a lightweight albeit powerful game engine that allows students to build and examine the internal workings of some of their favourite video games. Programming concepts hitherto learned like loops, functions, arrays, hashes and object oriented programming come to life as students design and build their way through a generic platformer and a 2D RPG game.

UPCOMING SESSIONS
10:00am - 12:00pm
Weekly Schedule
8 Saturday classes (2 hrs each):
Oct 21, 28
Nov 4, 11, 18, 25
Dec 2, 9
Location
SGD785
Early Bird*: SGD760
Sign Up
*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.