Kids can now learn how to code in bite-sized chunks with GLICODE, the educational mobile app which makes use of the popular snack, Pocky.
Learn the Principles of Coding with Pocky Sticks
GLICODE is an educational app that turns every pack of Pocky into a coding lesson.
Using advanced image recognition, GLICODE app allows kids to lay out their Pocky sticks, capture the sequence and watch as it translates into code that moves onscreen characters.
By tackling a series of increasingly complex challenges, children get introduced to the principles of programming through play.
GLICODE: Innovative Way To Learn Programming
The GLICODE app was created by Glico in partnership with Google. It is suitable for children as young as five years old.
The fun-educational app was first introduced in Japan in 2016 and is now available in Singapore. Glico has plans to roll it out activities based on the app around the region, including Thailand in 2019 and other major ASEAN countries.
GLICODE has won praise from organisations such as Hour of Code for promoting programming education in an innovative manner. Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has also officially adopted GLICODE as part of an initiative to incorporate computer science education into elementary school curriculums.
Hirohisa Tamai, Assistant Global Brand Manager at Ezaki Glico, said, “We have decided to bring the world of GLICODE first to Singapore as we are aligned with the country’s progress towards building a Smart Nation and move to increase students’ exposure to coding and computational thinking. GLICODE makes it possible to learn programming in an easy, enjoyable way, and we hope to contribute to the healthy growth and development of our young ones by teaching them one of the most important languages in the world today.”
In conjunction with the launch of GLICODE in Singapore, Glico has collaborated with
Google Makerspace Singapore, with the support of the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the National Library Board (NLB), to run two-hour introductory programming classes for families.
These coding classes will be held on 21 July, 28 July and 4 August at the Google Makerspace Singapore with activities centred around the app, for example 3D doodling and a micro:bit music light box.
Classes are suitable for children between 5 to 12 years old. Registration is required and limited spaces are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
Sign up and get more information at www.GLICODE.sg