NewTechKids chose the question 'What is a computer?' to kick off our 'Intro to Programming' Bootcamp yesterday. We started the first workshop by knocking our group of 7-9 year olds out of their comfort zone and challenging their belief that computers are just a screen, keypad and circuit board. They discovered that computers are all around us: traffic lights, turnstiles in the subway (metro), home heating systems and other things in everyday life. We then introduced them to concept of

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This afternoon's NewTechKids workshop brought the concept of programming to a group of 10-12 year olds in the best way possible. The workshop started with a lively discussion about robots and their different uses before moving on to a design and testing exercise during which the kids wrote programs (with pen and paper) to navigate through an obstacle course. In the process, they learned about technology concepts such as programming, automation, input-output, variables and composition.

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NewTechKids is organising three after-school workshops during the month of December to teach children ages 4 - 12 the concepts of programming and automation. Robots will take centre stage to bring these concepts to life in the context of the holiday season. Usually our classes are organized in the context of a program but we've scheduled this individual workshops to enable parents and their children to experience NewTechKids and our teaching methodology. All workshops will be taught

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