On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, Deborah Carter, NewTechKids' Founder, will speak at the WiT (Women in Tech) Regatta in Amsterdam. She'll be participating in a panel discussion on the theme "Busting the Myth: Why Girls Don't Participate in STEM and How to Cruise Ahead". The panel will explore if it's true that girls are less interested in technology and pursuing technology-related studies and if so, what can be done to change this. She'll draw on

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NewTechKids is pleased to continue its collaboration with the Amsterdam Public Library's Maakplaat 021 initiative to bring a combination of computer science, programming and digital fabrication (3D printing, laser cutting, etc.) education to kids. Next week, we'll be hosting a special Fall School Holiday (Herftsvakantie) camp from October 21-25 at the Library. The camp will be taught in a combination of Dutch and English and runs everyday from 10:00 - 16:00. Kids ages 8-12 will

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A few months back, Deborah Carter, Founder of NewTechKids, had an interesting conversation with a Google executive responsible for the company's computer science education initiatives worldwide. The executive remarked that there are huge discrepancies in student knowledge amongst first year students enrolled in university and college computer science courses. Those who have taken courses, participated in school clubs and extracurricular activities, and/or explored programming with parents or other adults have a huge advantage. Those with

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Last week, NewTechKids wrapped up its 2019 summer camps for kids ages 7-12, taught in a combination of Dutch and English. What made this year's summer camps so special was our new collaboration with the Amsterdam Public Library's Maakplaats 021 (Maker Space 021) initiative. Our teaching teams worked together to develop two, hybrid summer camps. The format was as follows: mornings focused on computer science, programming and robotics while afternoons focused on design thinking applied

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NewTechKids is pleased to announce that we will again participate as one of the programming partners for EF Tours' 2019 Global Leadership Summit event series taking place in Europe this summer. The summit will bring together students ages 14-18 from around the world and NewTechKids will teach them in both Amsterdam and Davos, Switzerland. In early July, NewTechKids will teach a series of computer science and programming workshops in Amsterdam during which students will explore

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On June 4 and 5, 2019, NewTechKids organized an 'Intro to Programming' bootcamp in Amsterdam for 50 students from Lagos, Nigeria. We partnered with Metis Montessori Lyceum, a high school in Amsterdam which is one of the only high schools in the Netherlands to offer a specialized programming track. Theme: Programming in the Context of Automation Since most of the Nigerian students (ages 10-12) had no previous programming experience, we focused on the theme of

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NewTechKids spent the day in beautiful Haarlem, teaching students at the Beatrixschool. Our challenge: teaching students in two classes about programming in the context of automation with LEGO Mindstorms robots. One class developed appliances aimed at reducing the workload of families while the other reimagined robots who could take over monotonous or dangerous farm work. While one-off classes aren't our preferences, these classes serve an important purpose. They allow us to teach kids who have

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We’re just back from our third, inspiring round of teaching in the United Arab Emirates. NewTechKids was invited to teach computer science workshops to children ages 8-12 during the 2019 Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival which took place from April 17-27, 2019. We scrapped all computers and technology devices to teach computer science concepts with pen and paper, art supplies and games. Teaching about technology with no technology is one of our favourite ways to teach:

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NewTechKids is teaching a free-of-charge, 10-week computer science bootcamp at OBA Slotermeer in Amsterdam from May 6 - July 1, 2019. The bootcamp is open to kids ages 8-12 and will be taught in a combination of Dutch and English by a professional teacher with specialised computer science training. Every Monday from 15:30 - 17:30, kids will explore computer science through lively class discussions and team-based activities which involve designing, building and programming a series of

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(Photo by NESA by Makers on Unsplash) On June 4th and 5th, NewTechKids will welcome a delegation of approximately 50 students from Lagos, Nigeria to Amsterdam. We'll be teaching a 1.5 day programming bootcamp for students ages 10 - 12, encouraging them to think critically about programming and robotics in the context of automation and to apply design and programming concepts in order to develop a series of tech prototypes. We're collaborating with Skyways Travels

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