Playing to boys' interests starts early, sadly often in coding and computer science classes at the primary school level. The temptation is to focus on diving into the ultra-geeky, more masculine activities to showcase all of the cool stuff you can do with tech. Race car robots. Monster robots. Space warrior robots. Etcetera. But that's exactly when teachers make the biggest mistakes in terms of excluding many girls who are yet to discover the magic

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Teaching through the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging, to say the least.  But it's become even more challenging now that cases have risen rapidly in the Netherlands. From the start, NewTechKids has taken serious measures to protect kids and reduce the risk of transmission in our after-school and holiday bootcamps. These include: hosting our classes in a large, well-ventilated space at the Amsterdam Public Library (walls but an open ceiling) using AI software to generate

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NewTechKids is happy to support the Code voor Kinderrechten (Code for Children's Rights) which is being developed in the Netherlands. The Code consists of ten principles with practical examples to help designers and developers guarantee children's fundamental rights when creating digital products and services. Commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands, Waag and Leiden University drew up the Code together with young people, designers, developers and other experts.

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Music is the universal language for everyone, including kids. Which is why NewTechKids is excited to continue our ongoing collaboration with IT company Schuberg Philis by being one of program partners for an event this weekend designed for the children of colleagues. We'll be teaching workshops which introduce kids 8-12 to computer science, coding and robotics. Kids will explore how robots can perform music by inventing their very own robot orchestra. Other workshops given by

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Starting this week, NewTechKids will be bringing technology education via music, art and culture to students at the Cornelis Vrijschool in Amsterdam. We are teaching a customized, after-school program which aligns with the school's focus on the arts, music and culture. Students in groups 6,7 and 8 will discuss how technology is transforming the arts before inventing a series of robot prototypes. In the process, they'll learn about computer science, programming, robotics and design. It

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NewTechKids is thankful to Adyen, the global payments platform, for its generous donation of refurbished laptops for use during our tech education bootcamps. We will use them to bring computer science education to more schools, libraries and childcare centres. Deborah Carter, Founder and Business Director of NewTechKids, says "Adyen's donation comes at the perfect time. We were due for an upgrade as we've been using the same computers and tablets for a number of years.

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This summer, NewTechKids collaborated with the Amsterdam Public Library and Maakplaats021 to make our summer camps accessible to children from low-income families. As part of the City of Amsterdam's Midzomer Mokum event series, we taught a series of six, weekly tech bootcamps for kids ages 8-12. With funding from the Library, we offered heavily-subsidized places to kids with a Stadspas, a card which helps people with low incomes or on state pensions access arts, culture and

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Dutch IT Company Supporting Development of Future Technologists NewTechKids is pleased to announce that Schuberg Philis, a leading IT company headquartered in Amsterdam, has decided to support our technology education activities. Schuberg Philis' support will include a financial donation which will allow us to extend our offerings to more children, including from low-income communities, and to develop new curriculum aimed at engaging both girls and boys with technology, computer science, programming and robotics in primary

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Register kids ages 8-12 in our early Fall 2021 bootcamps if you want to prepare them to become tech inventors, innovators and critical thinkers. NewTechKids don't focus on training master coders: we focus on developing kids who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to identify a problem and then create a technology prototype to solve it. This Fall, we're blending technology with different subjects to expose kids to multidisciplinary ways of solving problems. Tuesday Afternoons:

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Know a child who is fascinated by geography and travel? There's lots of places, cities and destinations to visit which don't require a passport, plane ticket or cash! Check out our list of virtual tours and videos featuring cool places to visit and learn more about. Quench their wanderlust! Harry Potter Film Locations: we love this awesome Google Earth tool which takes kids to many of the places featured in the Harry Potter Films: Platform

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