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!
Computer Science for 7-9 years: 10 weeksMay - July 2017
- During this bootcamp of 10 weekly workshops, kids ages 7-9 will learn about computer science by designing and building technology solutions to survive on Mars. Arts and crafts and LEGO Mindstorms. Location: Het Claverhuis, Amsterdam.
Artificial Intelligence for 10-12 years: 9 weeksMay - July 2017
- During this bootcamp of 9 weekly workshops, kids ages 10-12 will explore AI and robotics through computer science and technological literacy. Games, pen and paper activities, and designing and programming with LEGO Mindstorms and BBC Micro:bits. Location: Het Claverhuis, Amsterdam.
May Vacation 2017: LEGO Mindstorms & Visual Programming for 7-12 yearsApril 24, 25, 26 and 28, 2017
- During this bootcamp of 4 daily workshops during the Spring school vacation, kids ages 7-12 will become time travellers who use computer science and robotics to solve technology challenges from the past, present and future. Location: Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA) near Centraal Station.
Computer Science for 7-9 years: 11 weeksJanuary - March 2017
- During this bootcamp of 11 weekly workshops, kids ages 7-9 will learn about computer science by designing and building technology solutions to manage an automated farm. Pen and paper activities, games, and LEGO Mindstorms. Location: Het Claverhuis, Amsterdam.
Computer Science for 8-11 years: 10 weeksJanuary - March 2017
- During this bootcamp of 10 weekly workshops, kids ages 8-11 will become time travellers to solve technology challenges from the past and future. Pen and paper activities, games, and LEGO Mindstorms. Location: Het Claverhuis, Amsterdam.
NewTechKids 21st Century Skills Club: N.M.SchoolOctober 2016 - July 2017
- During this Club which runs the entire 2016/2017 year, students will learn the basics of computer science and the thinking and problem-solving models behind it. Location: Nelson Mandela School, Amsterdam. Only Amos UnIQ students.
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.
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.
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