Dutch health and safety practices are very different than those of many countries with more severe COVID-19 outbreaks since the country is not experiencing anywhere near the transmission and mortality rates that other countries, such as the U.S., are. On July 1st, based on information, advice and recommendations from the country's National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) which is closely tracking the situation, the Dutch government lifted its 'intelligent lockdown' and eased

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On May 28th, Deborah Carter, NewTechKids' Founder, spoke at the SheSays Amsterdam event with the theme 'Inclusion Starts with I'. https://vimeo.com/339092617 Here's a quick summary of her presentation and the key points raised during the roundtable discussion she facilitated: Many women work in the technology industry and in industries driven by technology.  Taken all together, our inclusion is powerful. Women are technologists such as computer scientists, data scientists, programmers, developers and engineers. They are also lawyers,

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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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Register here. (Class to be taught in English.) NewTechKids is organising a special evening class for parents under the theme 'How to Raise a Tech Innovator'. Parents are playing an increasingly important role in making sure that their children have a solid foundation to understand technology: how it works, why it works and how to create technological solutions. NewTechKids invites parents of children ages four to 12 to join this class on Wednesday, January 30th

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LEGO Mindstorms is one of our favourite tools for teaching children ages seven to 12. It is a tangible tool which provides children with a realistic experience of designing, building and programming technology. It also teaches children that hardware and software influence each other and need to work together in order to develop successful technology prototypes. Many of our students say that they first realised the power and fun of computer science after they built their

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This summer, NewTechKids taught a new round of computer science bootcamps to children ages 7-12. We've been reviewing how and what we teach and how to engage a broad range of students, including kids with no previous exposure to computer science education, girls, minorities and children from low-income communities. We concluded that in addition to teaching computational thinking skills and computer science concepts, our job is to inspire kids and to cultivate curiosity about technology:

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This week, primary school children in Amsterdam head back to school. Like so many previous academic years, most of them will not have any computer science or computational thinking lessons as part of formal school curricula. As long as education systems here in the Netherlands and around the world don't integrate these, we urge parents to take matters into their own hands. Intervening early will ensure that children acquire 21st century skills and prepare them

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For the third year in a row, NewTechKids will give workshops at Codestarter, Science Center NEMO's annual event focused on encouraging children ages 8 - 11 to learn how to program. Codestarter is a free event which takes place on Saturday, July 1st. Four rounds of workshops will take place from 10:00 - 15:30. NewTechKids will be giving our popular no tech, 'Intro to Coding' which introduces young children to computer science concepts such as commands,

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NewTechKids has recently returned from the United Arab Emirates where our teachers (and one child assistant) taught computer science bootcamps during the Sharjah Children's Reading Festival (April 19-29, 2017). Everyday, we taught children ages 7-12 about systems thinking (computers, their main parts and how these parts work together) and technology design (function, requirements and user interface). The children who attended were very enthusiastic and engaged. The United Arab Emirates is a fascinating country, with innovation and technology everywhere, from

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The way that computer science education is promoted to primary school-aged children can make all the difference. NewTechKids learned this lesson during our latest round of after-school computer science bootcamps which ran from January - March 2017. Previously, we had marketed our bootcamps as 'Discover Computer Science' or 'Explore Computer Science' and listed all of the wonderful computer science concepts that children would learn about: loops, algorithms, if-else statements, sequences, Boolean data, etc. This may have been great marketing to reassure parents

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