Coding for Kids

Anyone Can Code – Even Kids

Anyone can learn to code – children in particular. The last people you would expect: 2 remarkable computer coders surfaced at the recent Apple WWDC (World-Wide Developers’ Conference) held recently in California. 10-year old from AustraliaYuma Soerianto from Melbourne started coding at age 6 through online courses on Code.org and from Stanford University that he found on Apple iTunes U. In 4 years, he has created 4 Apple apps including …

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Is the ‘Roof’ of the Earth really North?

(This article has been simplified for young children) Turns out it really depends on culture, history and even religion – not so much on science! Imagine looking at Earth from space. The world’s not necessarily ‘this’ way up – it may not be the North Pole. As far as astronomers can tell, there really is no ‘up’ or ‘down’ in space. Which way is earth facing? Humans have a long …

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AI (Artificial Intelligence) – So What’s All The Fuss About?

(This article has been simplified for young children) Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer Science-Fiction. It’s not just for scientists and advanced computer programmers – even school kids are getting into it now. It is already in our daily livesGoogle’s driverless car Waymo, Apple’s ‘Siri’ speech recognition, IBM’s ‘Deep Blue’ computer beating Russian chess master Garry Kasparov, medical diagnostics, picking complex customer orders in Amazon’s giant warehouses …. the list …

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The Spinning Earth

If The Earth Is Spinning at Supersonic Speed Why Don’t We Feel It ?

(This article has been simplified for young children) The Spinning Earth Did you know that the Earth spins at about 1,600 kilometres an hour? That’s supersonic, about 3 times faster than a flying jet plane. That’s how fast the Earth has to turn to make a complete rotation every day. So why don’t we feel it, or feel giddy, or queasy? After all our stomachs get queasy even when we …

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Nanotechnology: Vantablack the world’s darkest material

(This article has been simplified for young children) Is there anything blacker than black?! Science is advancing in fast and fun ways, helped by developments in computers, nanotechnology, science and engineering. And what we thought was science fiction is becoming real. One frontier of science is Nanotechnology. ‘Nano’ comes from the Greek word for ‘dwarf’, and means one-billionth. The science of the very, very tiny! Nanotechnology is therefore science and …

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GRAPHENE the wonder material

(This article has been simplified for young children) GRAPHENE is thought to be the new ‘miracle material’. It is unbreakable, tougher than diamond, but stretchable like rubber, and can carry electric charges far faster than currently used materials. Yet, it is only about a 1-atom thick sheet of graphite, a form of carbon. To get a sense of how thin that is, aluminium foil is thousands of atoms thick! It was …

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