(Informatie in het Nederlands.)

EU Code Week 2015 will take place from 10-18 October.

Code Week was launched as a way to encourage children and adults in the European Union to discover programming and learn to code.

NewTechKids is pleased to partner with TomTom, a Dutch technology company, to provide primary school teachers in Amsterdam and other locations in the Netherlands with special training to teach an ‘Introduction to Coding’ lesson to children in groups 1 – 4 (approx. ages 4 – 8) during EU Code Week (October 10-18).

Teacher Training: 10-17 September

Teachers are invited to participate in one of five training sessions which will take place between 10-17 September at TomTom’s Amsterdam offices. The teacher training sessions will be conducted in a combination of English and Dutch and will last 2.5 hours.

The intention is to teach the lesson in schools during EU Code Week. Teaching the lesson will take approximately 1.5 hours of class time.

As part of our partnership with TomTom and the company’s commitment to supporting technology and computer science education for children in the Netherlands, these sessions are free of charge.

‘Introduction to Coding’ Lesson 

Rather than focusing on teaching kids how to code, this lesson focuses on teaching kids the concepts behind coding (automation, commands, design and testing) through arts, crafts and games. By following step-by-step instructions, students will design robot heads out of cardboard boxes and then put them on to play a coding game with each other.

NewTechKids will train primary school teachers to teach the lesson and provide them with the neccessary materials: an official lesson plan, teacher notes, printed class handouts, Powerpoint presentation about robots and coding to trigger class discussion, and cardboard boxes so students can make robot heads.

A limited number of TomTom staff volunteers will be available to assist teachers and their students during EU Code Week in October.


There are 70 places available for teachers. We suggest that 2-4 teachers from the same school attend to encourage peer support. The teacher training sessions will be conducted in a combination of English and Dutch.

Registration will be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. The following schools have already confirmed their participation: Leonardo da Vinci School, Amsterdam International Community School (AICS), P.J. Troelstraschool, De Nieuwe Internationale School Esprit (DENISE), Cornelis Vrijschool, Basisschool de Globe, Laterna Magica, 7e Montessorischool, Basisschool Oostelijke Eilanden, Basisschool Oscar Carré, the British School of Amsterdam, Basisschool de Rivieren, Basisschool Rosa Boekdrukker, Nicolaas Maesschool, het ABC, de Brede School de Zeeheld, Basisschool de Kleine Nicolaas, School of Understanding, Basisschool de Burght, Basissschool de Vlinderboom, 14e Montessorischool de Jordan, Brede School Annie M.G. Schmidt, Willemsparkschool, WSV Esprit School, the International School of Delft, the International School of Amsterdam (ISA).

Waiting List

Refreshments and snacks will be served during each session.


TomTom offices (near the Amsterdam Municipal Library)
Oosterdoksstraat 114 Amsterdam


For more information, please contact Deborah Carter, Co-Founder of NewTechKids, at 06 57 999 346 or dcarter@newtechkids.com.