Yesterday, NewTechKids hosted 120 middle and high school students from Colorado, Nevada, Iowa and Minnesota during our programming and robotics workshops in Amsterdam. (A special thanks to the Amsterdam Public Library for hosting the workshops.) Our workshops were part of EF Tours' 2019 Global Leadership  Conference under the theme of "The Power of Communication". We led lively discussions about the evolution of communications from no tech to digital, with students talking about how social media

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Next week, NewTechKids will be hosting a delegation of primary school students from Lagos, Nigeria in Amsterdam. We're hosting the bootcamp at Metis Montessori Lyceum Amsterdam, a high school with specialized coding and design/technology academic tracks. We'll be teaching a 1.5 day bootcamp during which we'll introduce them to programming in the context of automation and give them hands-on programming experience with a variety of physical computing and robotics tools. We interviewed Kemi Soetan, Skyways

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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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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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NewTechKids is super excited to announce two new 2019 summer bootcamps which will combine computer science and maker activities. The workshops will be taught in partnership with Maakplaats 021, the Maker education initiative of the Amsterdam Public Library, the largest public library in Europe. During the all-day bootcamps, kids ages 8-12 will enjoy hands-on activities related to creating tech prototypes and designing and producing physical objects in the Maker Lab. Bootcamp #1: July 15-19, 2019

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Click here for more information and to register. The world is receiving a major wake up call. Hundreds of thousands of students from around the world have been marching to tackle climate change. Hashtags such as #FridayforFuture and #SchoolsStrike4Climate dominate social media. If we are going to tackle problems like climate change, pollution, extreme weather and other environmental challenges, we need to change our habits and invent new technologies. In recognition of the fact that

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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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