On November 19, 2018, NewTechKids hosted a delegation of researchers from the Education departments of University of Helsinki, University of Turku and University of Tampere here in the Netherlands. During the meetings, we shared our pedagogy, teaching approaches and concept scaffolding strategies related to introducing technological innovation, computer science and programming to young primary school students. We also discussed potential research collaboration. As part of the visit, the delegation visited an international school where NewTechKids has

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Last week, NewTechKids became the subject of Wittenberg University's Project Week in Amsterdam. For five days, business students dove into NewTechKids' business model and selected a country where we could expand our business: curriculum, lesson plans and teacher training programs. (We discounted the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Finland, Australia and New Zealand as these countries already have thriving computer science education in place.) Their challenge: select a country, prove that computational thinking and computer

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We're very proud to announce that Dr. Marja-Ilona Koski, our Co-founder, Lead Teacher and Head of Curriculum Development, is featured in a new report published by Kennisnet on computational thinking in Dutch education. (Kennisnet is the leading Dutch organization which produces research and advises government and the education sector on education and ICT.) Marja-Ilona shared her Ph.D research findings on improving science and technology education, comparing the Finnish and Dutch approaches. She also highlighted the

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NewTechKids is happy to announce an academic research partnership with Leiden University. Under the partnership, NewTechKids' programs will become a platform where quality control research will be conducted on our pedagogy, teaching approaches, curricula and lesson plans. Tessa Slim, a Master's of Education student at the University, will conduct the research to assess whether NewTechKids' technology, programming and computer science programs for primary school aged children help kids improve their higher order thinking and problem-solving

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Some Ph.D theses sit on shelves, collecting dust. NewTechKids is in the lucky position of being heavily influenced by the research and findings found in the Ph.D thesis of Dr. Marja-Ilona Koski, our Head of Curriculum Development and Lead Teacher. During her Ph.D studies at TU Delft, Marja-Ilona visited primary schools across the Netherlands and focused on developing new approaches for teaching technology and science to children. She also developed ideas for effective teacher training models.

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