2019 Fall School Vacation Bootcamp for 8-12 Years: Oct. 21-25, 2019

(Taught in a combination of Dutch and English.)

NewTechKids and Maakplaats 021, the Maker education division of the Amsterdam Public Library, have partnered to teach this all-day bootcamp which combines computer science and maker education.

Kids ages 8-12 will become tech warriors who design, build and program robots and tech prototypes to fight climate change. They’ll work in pairs or small teams to complete a series of programming and robotics challenges in the morning and hands-on, digital fabrication activities in the afternoon.

Morning: kids will discuss examples of technology before learning about computer science concepts such as programming, algorithms, commands, loops, sequence, design and if-else logic. They’ll design, build and program robots and technology prototypes in small teams using tools such as LEGO WeDo and LEGO Mindstorms.

Afternoon: kids will get hands-on experience with digital fabrication by designing with graphics software and experimenting with etching, laser and vinyl cutting, and 3D printing.

Our bootcamp will be an ideal environment for kids to invent, experiment, express their creativity and improve their collaboration skills in a fun and safe learning environment.

Workshops will take place everyday from 10:00 – 16:00 on the following dates:

  • October 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25, 2019

The bootcamp will be taught in a combination of English and Dutch by a professional teacher with specialized computer science training and experienced digital fabrication instructors.

Our bootcamp is ideal for children with no previous exposure to computer science and maker education and those who have previously participated in NewTechKids programs.

Children are required to bring their own lunches each day. Drinks and snacks will be provided in the morning and afternoon. Each day, there will outdoor breaks for exercise and movement, weather permitting.

A minimum of 17 students is required to offer this bootcamp. Registrants will be notified one week prior if the bootcamp is cancelled and a full refund will be provided.

Location: Junior Lab (basement), Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA)/Amsterdam Public Library, Oosterdokskade 143, Amsterdam (7-minute walk from Amsterdam Centraal Station)

Price: 303.21 euro (includes online registration fee and BTW)