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Microsoft actively promotes coding in Singapore

Zafirah Salim | April 25, 2014
Microsoft Singapore is partnering with Nanyang Polytechnic, and 18 Asian countries, to launch coding courses for students and the community.

Microsoft Singapore is partnering Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) to promote computational thinking skills in Singapore, the software, services and solutions provider announced today.

They will be launching a series of coding courses, which is supported by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). The first two pilot courses, starting today, are part of the Microsoft Singapore Week of Code initiative.

The trial courses conducted today consist of two tracks: an entry level training for 20 students from non-core IT related NYP schools such as Interactive & Digital Media and Business Management; and an in-depth exploration of Big Data and Business Intelligence on Microsoft Excel and Office 365 for 20 students from the various IT diplomas courses at NYP.

According to Microsoft's media statement, these coding courses aim to help nurture interest and curiosity for the IT industry among young talents.

"Trying code for the first time can be fun and exhilarating. It's our aim at Microsoft to educate people that programming and computer science are not merely university subjects that are out of reach but are also accessible and valuable 21st century skills in an exciting field that present a wealth of opportunities today in an increasingly connected world," said Jessica Tan, Managing Director of Microsoft Singapore.

Additionally, as part of Microsoft's YouthSpark commitment to empower youths, Microsoft Singapore, along with 18 Asian countries, has also launched the initiative "Code - the official second language of Asia Pacific".

Highlighting its catchphrase "We Speak Code" - as inspired by Code.org - Microsoft Singapore will be conducting a series of activities in May to encourage the community to try coding. In fact, teachers from Australia International School, Chestnut Drive Secondary School, Pathlight School, and Woodlands Ring Primary School will be coming on board to promote computing skills by signing up to try Code.org's 'Hour of Code' from May 12 to 16.

In a bid to encourage families to support this initiative, Microsoft will open the doors to its offices in Singapore on May 17 to allow members of the public, regardless of age, to try an hour of code, learn how to write applications, and discover the creative possibilities with coding and technology. This free event is only open to the first 400 registrants for the Open House.

 

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