Where kids learn to shape their future, their way
NewTechKids is a technology education academy in Amsterdam dedicated to igniting the problem-solving capabilities and innovative spirit of children. Our programs, taught in Dutch and English, teach primary school children the fundamental concepts which power technology, programming and information in the digital age. Gadgets, applications, software and hardware change continuously, the core concepts don’t. Our staff of technology teachers and innovation specialists guide kids in acquiring knowledge and skills related to designing, programming, testing and creating stuff that matters to them. The future belongs to NewTechKids. Watch out, Silicon Valley. We’re coming for you!
'Artificial Intelligence & How It Works: 10-12 years (Amsterdam)October 17-21, 2016
- During this week-long bootcamp during the Fall school vacation in Amsterdam, kids ages 10-12 will learn the basics of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Pen and paper activities, games, and LEGO Mindstorms. Location: Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam.
'Discover Computer Science: 7-9 years (Amsterdam)September - December 2016
- During this bootcamp of 15 weekly workshops, kids ages 7-9 will learn about computer science and the thinking/problem-solving models behind it. Pen and paper activities, games, and LEGO Mindstorms. Location: Het Claverhuis, Amsterdam.
'Discover Computer Science: 10-12 years (Amsterdam)September - December 2016
- During this bootcamp of 15 weekly workshops, kids ages 10-12 will learn about computer science and the thinking/problem-solving models behind it. Pen and paper activities, games, and LEGO Mindstorms. Location: Het Claverhuis, Amsterdam.
NewTechKids 21st Century Skills Club: Spring HighSeptember - December 2016
- During this Club comprised of fifteen (15) weekly workshops, students will learn the basics of computer science and how to use the thinking and problem-solving models behind it. Location: Spring High, Amsterdam. Only Spring High students.
NewTechKids 21st Century Skills Club: PPOZOSeptember - December 2016
- During this Club comprised of fifteen (15) weekly workshops, students will learn the basics of computer science and how to use the thinking and problem-solving models behind it. Location: PPOZO, Amsterdam. Only PPOZO-registered students.
We care so much about 21st century education and skills that we are playing an active role in shaping them.
NewTechKids, an Amsterdam-based organization, develops and teaches computer science educational programs for primary school-aged students. We develop curriculum and lesson plans as well as the pedagogy, teaching approaches and classroom management strategies on which they are based. We teach our computer science programs during school classes and as after-school activities.
We also organize teacher training programs because teachers and schools play an integral role in ensuring that all students have a solid foundation to understand technology and the thinking and problem-solving behind it.
Whether it’s our own programs for kids or our teacher training programs, our main goal is to help transform children from passive technology users into passionate inventors and prepare them to become future innovators and entrepreneurs.
NewTechKids programs won’t turn children into master coders or give them specific technical skills. Our pedagogy, curriculum and lesson plans provide kids with a strong foundation to understand technology: how it works, why it works and how to think in order to invent new solutions. Computer science education is an excellent way to help kids acquire 21st century skills: critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, communication and creativity.
Most of our classes are taught in a combination of English and Dutch. Technology and computer science vocabulary is primarily in English and our programs help children learn English if it is not their native language.
We combine three magical ingredients in our programs. Technology and computer science education helps children understand the core concepts which apply to all forms of technology. Our curriculum covers computational thinking, algorithmic thinking, systems thinking and the fundamental concepts behind coding and programming. Technological literacy helps children understand important theories, discover facts and develop new ideas by connecting and evaluating different information. Innovation processes help children transform what they learn into their own inventions. During our programs, kids become comfortable with prototyping, designing, testing and programming, all important aspects of the innovation process.
As a company founded by two women, NewTechKids is dedicated to increasing the participation of girls and women in technology and computer science education. We’re developing strategies which help girls learn and excel in mixed-gender classrooms which are the norm in primary and high school. Both genders benefit from working and learning together.
We teach children to understand concepts such as systems thinking, resources, requirements, programming, automation and design. During our programs, children learn core concepts individually and in connection with each other.
We design our classes so that children collaborate. In teams, children learn to explain their thinking, engage in problem-solving, develop interpersonal skills and practice giving and receiving constructive feedback.
We help children design, test and improve their inventions with feedback from peers and teachers. Our teaching tools range from no tech (pen and paper) to high tech (programmable robot kits).
All of our classes involve challenges which encourage children to turn abstract concepts into tangible solutions. Failure is celebrated (and even deliberately included) to help children learn the importance of grit, perseverance and problem-solving.
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email us: info(at)newtechkids.com
write us: Prinsengracht 462G, 1017 KG Amsterdam, The Netherlands
call us: Deborah Carter, Co-founder and Business Director, +31 657 999 346