NewTechKids is pleased to announce that it is collaborating with Stedelijk Gymnasium Haarlem, a prestigious Dutch high school in the city of Haarlem, to offer a new programming and robotics course.  We'll provide students with a general introduction to programming, technology systems and design in the broader context of automation. The course will combine deep analytical thinking about the implications of technology with hands on design and programming experience through a series of class challenges.

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Ten days left until NewTechKids' 'How to Raise a Tech Innovator' evening class for parents on January 30th. The class takes place from 19:00 - 21:00 at the central branch of the Amsterdam Public Library. Register now! We thought we'd share some interesting findings from the registration information provided by parents who will attend the class. 100%: parents of boys (The fact that no parents of girls have signed up for the class is unfortunate.

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NewTechKids is super chuffed to announce that Margot Phillipps has joined our team as an advisor. Margot is a high school teacher in New Zealand who has taught Computing and Math at the high school and polytechnic level for 35 years. She also founded programs such as Young Women's Programming Contest and Programming Challenge 4 Girls in addition to the New Zealand Olympiad in Informatics. New Zealand is a leader in computer science education, home

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NewTechKids is pleased to announce that it is again collaborating with EF Tours, as a programming partner for its summer Global Leadership Summit events in Europe. EF Tours is an international education company that specializes in language training, educational travel, academic degree programs, and cultural exchange We'll be teaching a series of design and computer science workshops to high school students from around the world during events in Amsterdam and Davos, Switzerland. During our workshops in

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Dr. Marja-Ilona Koski, NewTechKids' Lead Teacher and Head of Curriculum Development, will give a presentation at the upcoming 'Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Education' event in the Hague on June 14, 2018. During her talk, Dr. Koski will discuss effective ways to introduce computer science, technological literacy and computational thinking to primary school students ages four to 12 using programming and robotics. A Ph.D graduate of TU Delft, Dr. Koski co-founded NewTechKids, a computer science academy

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NewTechKids works with primary schools in the Amsterdam area to help introduce computational thinking and computer science programs as part of formal school curriculum. Our programs integrate pedagogy, didactics, teaching approaches and classroom management and are based on the curriculum, lesson plans and teaching materials that we've developed, tested and taught over the last three years. Dr. Marja-Ilona Koski, our co-founder and Lead Teacher, is responsible for the development of our programs as well as

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NewTechKids is pleased to announce its Fall 2017 line up of activities. We have spent the summer developing and testing new approaches to computer science education in partnership with our non-profit foundation, Stichting NewTechKids. During two, brand-new bootcamps, we taught computer science concepts along with a stronger focus on technological literacy. This took the form of presenting technology case studies and concepts for new technology and leading in-depth class discussions on the implications of technology

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In our quest to introduce computer science and technological literacy education in primary school, we often hear the same excuse as to why this is difficult to impossible: teachers already have enough on their plate. Introducing a new subject will overwhelm them, causing their overall teaching to decline in quality. So many countries find themselves in the same position: we know that we need to prepare children to function in a world filled with technology

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The way that computer science education is promoted to primary school-aged children can make all the difference. NewTechKids learned this lesson during our latest round of after-school computer science bootcamps which ran from January - March 2017. Previously, we had marketed our bootcamps as 'Discover Computer Science' or 'Explore Computer Science' and listed all of the wonderful computer science concepts that children would learn about: loops, algorithms, if-else statements, sequences, Boolean data, etc. This may have been great marketing to reassure parents

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Today, NewTechKids welcomed a brave little girl to our latest after-school bootcamp. Before she arrived, a large group of boys ranging from seven to nine bounded into the class, swapping stories about building LEGO, playing football and the mutual friends they all knew. When she peeked into the class, she realised that she was the only girl in a sea of boys. Our assistant teacher, who is female, tried to reassure her but the girl begged her mother to sit at

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