First Code Explorer (Age 9-11)

The First Code Explorer program inspires technology savvy primary school students to go beyond mobile and computer gaming, and move to create their own games and apps. With the emphasis of creativity, First Code Explorer empowers students through problem solving using technology. Students learn computer science concepts, user-centric design, and mobile app development.

Structured Curriculum

Explorer Program offers a vigorous, multi semester curriculum that is catered for students to dive into the world of computer science and software development.

Emphasis on Hands-on Building

To cultivate their curious minds, our instructors guide students through their personal projects towards end of each term. Through the process, students learn to make their own mobile apps from idea to reality.

Strong Foundation on Concepts

Our curriculum emphasizes computer science concepts. Laying a solid foundation of such from a young age, students can apply computational thinking skills to solve problems in different facets of their lives.

"My son has really enjoyed his classes at FCA. He likes that he is learning very real, practical coding and STEM skills. I like that they take his progress and work so seriously, with weekly reports and parent conferences. He will definitely be continuing for the third year."

Parent of Austin, Grade 6 student at The ISF Academy
First Code Explorer (AX202 in Winter Term '16)

First Code Explorer Roadmap

Student's Progress

  1. Students follow our tested and proven proprietary coding and STEM curriculum
  2. Start by exploring the fundamentals of computer science using block-based language
  3. Advance into to a simple and visual syntax-based language, JavaScript and Python
  4. Students dive into a set of real life problems, using the framework of design thinking to tackle the problems.
  5. Now, it is time to change the world with our coding and STEM skills!

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Structure

  • First Code Explorer Program runs from Fall (Sep-Dec), Winter (Jan-Mar), and Spring (Apr-Jun)
  • 10-14 weekly classes per term, each class is 1.5 hours long
  • Class size ranges from 4 to 8 students
  • Exclusive invite to special one-off workshops
  • Semester, individual feedback from instructor
  • End of term one-on-one parent teacher conference
Explorer 2

Do Things, Tell People

First Code Demo Day

Demo Day

One of our classroom values is, "Do things Tell People". We believe a piece of well written software needs to be told to the world.

Get inspired by the pros. Many of our students aspire to use coding skills in their future careers, be it a fashion designer who programs her own runway, a chef who shares his recipes on his app, or a Googler who innovates at the forefront. We bring in industry professionals to share their work, career journey and advice to aspiring software engineers.

Past speakers include: Ray Chan, Co-founder and CEO at 9Gag, Summer Wu, Computer Science Major at Yale, Google Intern, Hugo Barra, VP of International at Xiaomi etc.

First Code Genius Hour

Genius Hours

One of our classroom values is, "Do things Tell People". We believe a piece of well written software needs to be told to the world.

Get inspired by the pros. Many of our students aspire to use coding skills in their future careers, be it a fashion designer who programs her own runway, a chef who shares his recipes on his app, or a Googler who innovates at the forefront. We bring in industry professionals to share their work, career journey and advice to aspiring software engineers.

Past speakers include: Ray Chan, Co-founder and CEO at 9Gag, Summer Wu, Computer Science Major at Yale, Google Intern, Hugo Barra, VP of International at Xiaomi etc.

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Program Dates

Format

10-14 classes per term

1 class per week

90 minutes per class

*Requires at least 4 students to form a class



Language(s)

English


What to Bring

A laptop (Mac or PC, preferably Mac) with a creative mindset

"So far it has been a very enjoyable and positive experience for Markus to take coding and STEM classes here. I have been looking for a constructive program in the market that can strengthen Markus’ knowledge in programming and most importantly enhance his creativity and logical thinking abilities. And I think he gets that here via doing interesting projects! Thanks!"

Parent of Markus, Grade 4 student at Chinese International School
First Code Explorer (AX102 in Winter Term '16)

Levels and Timetable

To view our core program's timetable, please visit our website with a desktop or laptop.