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    NEWTECHKIDS

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 computational thinking and 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 computer science 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!    

  • I don’t like robots and I hate programming. (But she created awesome code for her robot)

    Autumnstudent
  • Children asked me questions using terms they learned like ‘command’, ‘testing’ and ‘automation’

    Marja-Ilonateacher
  • Niki explained the robot programming lesson to us during supper. Wish I was there

    Carolparent
  • I tested my program until I got it right. The best part was getting to hold the green slime at the end

    Luastudent
  • I…Am…A…Robot. (Spoken in a robot voice doing epic robot breakdance moves. Move over, Will.i.am!)

    Philippestudent
  • Amazing to see how fast kids learn basic programming. They created simple programs in 20 minutes

    Deborahinstructor

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Summer 2017 Computer Science Bootcamp for 7-12 years Aug. 7-11, 2017

    During this bootcamp of five daily workshops, kids ages 7-9 will design their ideal city along with technology prototypes needed to run it. Arts and crafts. Games. Ozobots, Micro:bits and LEGO Mindstorms. Location: Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA), Roelof Hartplein, Amsterdam. 
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Summer 2017 Computer Science for 7-12 yearsAug. 28-Sept. 1, 2017

    During this bootcamp of five daily workshops, kids ages 7-12 will discover the wonderful world of visual programming and robotics: Ozobots, Micro:bits and LEGO Mindstorms. Location: Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA), Roelof Hartplein. 
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Fall 2017 Computer Science for 7-9 years (13 weeks)September - December 2017

    During this bootcamp of 13 weekly workshops, kids ages 7-9 will discover computer science concepts by designing, building and programming the city of their dreams using arts materials, robots and robotics kits: Ozobots, Micro:bits and LEGO Mindstorms. Location: het Claverhuis, Amsterdam (de Jordaan).  
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Fall 2017 Computer Science for 10-12 years (14 weeks)September - December 2017

    During this bootcamp of 14 weekly workshops, kids ages 10-12 will form an A-Team to solve technology challenges. As technologists, designers and programmers, they’ll use visual programming and robotics: Ozobots, Micro:bits and LEGO Mindstorms. Location: het Claverhuis, Amsterdam (de Jordaan).  
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Fall 2017 21st Century Skills Club: LDV SchoolSeptember-December 2017

    During this 21st Century Skills Club, students ages 7-9 will acquire a strong foundation to understand technology and fundamental computer science concepts. The program will cover computational thinking, algorithmic thinking, systems thinking, programming and technological literacy. Only open to LDV School students.
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About Us

We care so much about 21st century education that we are playing an active role in shaping it.

NewTechKids is a leader in teaching computational thinking skills to primary school-aged children via computer science and tech literacy programs taught 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.

Our main goals are 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.

NewTechKids is a member of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), an industry organization with more than 25,000 members from more than 154 countries which supports and promotes the teaching of computer science from kindergarten to grade 12. We serve as part of CSTA’s 12-person International Committee, contributing to the Association’s strategies around international membership growth, diversity issues and information exchange.

Approach

We combine four magical ingredients in our programs. Computational thinking skills help children master the thought process needed to develop solutions which can be carried out by computers in partnership with humans. Computer science education helps children understand the core concepts which apply to all forms of technology. Our curriculum covers algorithmic thinking, programming, systems thinking, and design. Technological literacy helps children understand the technology present in the world around them in order to make conscious decisions. Innovation processes help children transform what they learn into their own inventions. During our programs, kids become comfortable with prototyping, designing, testing and iteration, all important aspects of the innovation process.

As a company founded by two women, NewTechKids is dedicated to increasing the participation of girls and low-income youth in computer science education. We’re developing strategies which help girls and low-income youth learn and excel in mixed-gender classrooms which are the norm in primary and high school. Boys, girls and children from different backgrounds benefit from working and learning together.

CORE CONCEPTS

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.

TEAMWORK

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.

DESIGN PROCESSES

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).

CHALLENGES

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.

Team

DEBORAH CARTER

CO-FOUNDER & BUSINESS DIRECTOR

Entrepreneur, tech ed advocate and proactive parent. That's me.

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DR. MARJA-ILONA KOSKI

CO-FOUNDER & HEAD OF CURRICULUM

Technology teacher, curriculum developer and researcher. That’s me.

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PROF. DR. MARC DE VRIES

ADVISOR

Tech education professor passionate about teacher training. That's me.

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DR. JAAKKO KURHILA

ADVISOR

Computer science professor passionate about adaptive education. That's me.

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DYLAN INGHAM

ADVISOR

Branding/communications expert and initiator of The Better Awards. That's me.

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KITTY LEERING

ADVISOR

Dutch and international event programmer and curator. That's me.

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PILAR QUEZZAIRE

ADVISOR

A curriculum manager who is passionate about technology in education. That's me.

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LINDA LIUKAS

ADVISOR

An illustrator and writer of children's programming books. That's me.

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For the third year in a row, NewTechKids will give workshops at Codestarter, Science Center NEMO's annual event focused on encouraging

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NewTechKids hosted a teacher training workshop on June 6th, 2017 as part of the 'Learning Fair' event organised by Projectenbureau Primair Onderwijs

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NewTechKids has been invited to contribute to VHTO’s new teacher training initiative, DigiLeerKracht. The initiative will focus on providing free

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We’d be happy to discuss our academy and programs with you in more detail, whether you’re a prospective student, parent, teacher, school director or after-school program facilitator.

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