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Microsoft entices young children in Singapore to pick up coding

Nurdianah Md Nur | July 15, 2014
The technology giant held a camp in the republic last week to demonstrate that coding is fun and easy to learn.

Coding is no longer exclusive to males, older children and tech geeks, as demonstrated by the activities held during the Singapore YouthSpark Kids Camp @ Microsoft on 7 July 2014.

The camp saw Microsoft volunteers guiding participants between the ages of five to 13 through a range of hands-on technological activities. The activities included building their own programmes through code.org's Hour of Code challenge, and creating their own games on PC and Xbox via a simple programming language as offered by the Microsoft Kodu Game Lab. 

"The activities were designed to be fun and to show anyone that they can learn to code and write their own basic programmes," said Clair Deevy, corporate social responsibility lead for Microsoft Asia Pacific. "We hope to excite more young people, especially girls, about computer science and programming as those skills will be in demand in future."

The YouthSpark Kids Camp @ Microsoft is part of Microsoft's YouthSpark global commitment to empower youth, according to the technology giant's media statement. The camp builds on the coding momentum started with the #WeSpeakCode campaign earlier this year, which sought to demonstrate how accessible learning coding can be, in hopes of making codes as the official second language of Asia Pacific.

 

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