For Kids aged 5-6

Explore a series of 4 immersive experiences geared at inspiring and engaging kids, developing their curiosity about tech, and building an understanding of basic computer science and electronics concepts through creative and fun projects! “What are computer images made of?”
“How do robots move from one place to another?”

The Short & Sweet
  • Great way to explore young kids interest in tech
  • 5 days of fun activities!
  • No prerequisites

All you need to know

5 days of fun activities!
Pixel Art
How exactly are images displayed on mobile phones? Ever wonder that?

Kids will learn the answer by first understanding what pixels are and how they come together to form computer images. Don’t worry! They won’t be working with computer screens. Instead they’ll be working with their hands to implement their own understanding of how pixels work and making their own cute pixel art keychains to take home.

The Stuff Kids Learn
  • how pixels form an image on a computer
  • simple binary, and how to encode and decode image to text, or from text to image
  • the early painting style of pointillism and its similarities to pixels
  • the concept of resolution (high res = more dots, low res = less dots)

 


 

Squishy Dough Circuits

Learn how electric circuits work by putting together your own! Your kid is gonna have fun building small toys of their own with some squishy dough and simple electric circuitry. Watch their creations light up and make sounds!

The Stuff Kids Learn
  • how electricity and electric circuits work: conductors and insulators
  • To put together an electronic circuit
  • To translate ideas into 3D objects using squishy dough

 


 

Code Your Own Fitness Routine with Scratch Jr!

Kids learn about sequencing by creating code blocks that represent a exercise and put together a fitness routine. Once that’s done, they’ll bring their sequence to life by translating their little routine into an animation using Scratch Jr.

What is Scratch Jr

Scratch Jr is a visual programming language created specifically for kids. It’s a block-based programming language so kids learn through a simple drag-and-drop interface, making it effortless for young kids to follow. Kids learn how to code on an iPad by snapping together programming blocks to create short animations.

The Stuff Kids Learn
  • Sequencing
  • To design and code a fitness routine using their own code blocks
  • Introduction to Scratch Jr
  • Basic programming concepts such as algorithms and loops

 


 

Tangible Programming with PETS

PETS is the friendly Japanese wooden robot that will teach your child the basics of computer programming through hands on play. Each block is an action. Combine them to create programs. Get your PETS from point A to B by inputting commands and watch them go!

The Stuff Kids Learn
  • Build on basic numeracy and literacy skills
  • Understand directions and commands
  • Computational thinking
  • Spatial thinking

All transferable skills which kids can carry with them their whole lives. You know how the saying goes – give a kid a fish or teach them how to fish… (or code in this case) …well, you get the idea.

Life skills you'll learn

Skills that last a lifetime
Creative Confidence
Logical Thinking
Problem Solving
Self-Directed Learning

Pedagogy

Saturday Kids don't learn to code. They code to learn.

No lectures. No memorisation. No ONE right answer. Like real life, we're all about trying things out yourself, failing, figuring what went wrong & trying again. These are the skills & mindset that will last a lifetime and how we learn in real life. Let's get kids to learn how to learn. Because the kids who learn to learn become curious, inventive, resourceful human beings who solve real world problems to make a meaningful impact.

Parents love us

Children from our camp enjoyed themselves exploring and learning what the different animation tools could do for them. They were particularly excited to see their own creations come alive.

I've been meaning to write to you to let you know that my son loved his workshop with Saturday Kids in June and I will be enrolling my daughter too for the beginners course that you are doing in October

It is wonderful to hear their enthusiasm and excitement when they talk about their Scratch classes, the words epic and awesome are frequently used!

Your kid will love it.

If your kid doesn't think it's the best thing ever after the attending the first 2 days, we'll issue you a credit note for 50% of the course fee. No questions asked.

  • 1:6 Maximum Instructor-Student Ratio
  • All equipment & materials provided
  • Open source tools: Continue the learning at home!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. My child is new to programming. Will he / she be able to follow?

The Curious Cubs course is designed with the assumption that students have no prior background or experience in programming. All students new to programming are more than welcomed.

 

2. My child has done Tiny Techies 1 and/or 2. How is this course different from that?

The Curious Cubs course is covers a variety of basic programming concepts unlike Tiny Techies 1/2 which focuses on Beebots and Scratch Jr only.

 

3. My child is younger than 5. Can he / she join?

The Curious Cubs course is recommended for 5-6 year olds. If your child is very keen, we can organise separate classes if there is a minimum of 4 participants. Please contact us directly to enquire.

 

4. I’ve enrolled my child, what will he/she need to bring?

We’ll provide all equipment and materials, but you may want to bring a jacket and light snacks in case he/she gets hungry. If your child is joining the full day camp, we recommend bringing packed lunches.