2020 Before-Christmas Bootcamp for 7-12 yrs: 4 daily workshops

(Taught in a combination of Dutch and English.)

This bootcamp is part of the City of Amsterdam’s Mid-Winter Mokum event series. It is being subsidized by Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA) and free-of-charge to all children who have an OBA Junior library pass. For kids who don’t the pass, the fee for the bootcamp is 20 euro.

The OBA Junior pass is free of charge to children up to 18 years and can be obtained at the library.

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During this NewTechKids bootcamp held before Christmas at the Amsterdam Public Library, kids ages 7-12 will learn important computer science and programming concepts while becoming familiar with collaborative design and computer programming.

Kids will dive into building and visual programming using LEGO WeDo or LEGO Mindstorms and art supplies. They’ll learn about design concepts (resources, requirements, testing, iteration, best practices) and computer science concepts (algorithms, commands, loops, sequence, iteration, if-else logic, etc.).

During each class, they’ll discuss inspiring examples of technology before completing mystery challenges in pairs and presenting their prototypes.

Classes will take place everyday from 10:00 – 14:00 on the following dates:

– December 21, 22, 23 and 24, 2020

The camp will be taught in a combination of English and Dutch by a native Dutch-speaking professional teacher with specialised training in computer science. The curriculum and workshops are based on NewTechKids’ pedagogy which focuses on concept-context learning and the use of tangible learning tools.

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

Children who successfully complete the camp will receive a certificate of achievement.

A morning drink and snack will be provided. Children are required to bring their own lunches, including utensils and cups.

A maximum of 12 students is required to offer this camp. Registrants will be notified one week prior if the program is cancelled and a full refund will be provided.

Location: Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, Oosterdokskade 143 in the Junior Lab basement (5-minute walk from Centraal Station)

Read about our health and safety precautions.

Fee: free for children with an OBA Junior Pass, 20 euro for children without