It's challenging to prepare your child(ren) to be successful in a world where technology is constant and rapid. Literally every field, industry, training and study path and career is being transformed by technology, whether it's digital skills, computer science, data science, artificial intelligence or IT. NewTechKids has compiled this list of concrete actions parents, caregivers, teachers and mentors can take to help kids acquire the future-proof knowledge, skills and thinking they'll need to enjoy a

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NewTechKids has wrapped up our computer science and robotics bootcamp for high-potential teens from Amsterdam southeast, a low-income, largely immigrant community. According to one of our teachers, it was "one of the best classes" he's taught over his seven year career at NewTechKids. The magic ingredient? The kids themselves. Every Sunday, these kids rode the subway for 25 minutes to the Library, often accompanied by their parents and group mentor. Many came early and they

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At NewTechKids, we are taking the COVID pandemic very seriously and have therefore decided to adjust our teaching conditions. As we have received some questions from a few parents, we would like to clarify the reasoning behind our choices. We teach in large, well-ventilated rooms. We have used an AI program to generate a socially-distanced floor plan for tables and chairs. Often, we take kids’ temperatures when they enter our classes and ask kids to

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The School of Humanity is organizing another 'Jobs of the Future' online bootcamp for kids ages 14-18 on Wednesday, December 15th from 14:00 - 15:30 CET. Register here. *** Last weekend, NewTechKids' Founder Deborah Carter observed an online bootcamp for high school students ages 14-18 organized by the School of Humanity. During the session, teens from around the world explored the theme of 'The Jobs of the Future'. The School of Humanity is an exciting startup

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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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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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The COVID-19 pandemic stressed the central role that parents and caregivers play in the education of children. Virtual homeschooling forced these adults into the roles of informal teachers and task masters. The rapid transformation of education (pedagogies, subject matter, teaching environments, technology, etc.) means that the formal school system is largely outdated and struggling to align itself with 21st century reality. No more so than preparing kids and teens for a world of constant technological

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Deborah Carter, NewTechKids' Founder and Managing Director, will be MCing sessions at CogX, a global festival on AI & Transformational Technology taking place next week (June 14-16). A hybrid festival physically taking place in London and online, the Festival bills itself as "the world’s largest gathering of CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Academics, Artists, Activists & Policy Makers working to realise the biggest transformational opportunities of our time and address the challenges along the way".  Register for a free

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NewTechKids is featured in a recently-published guide to teaching students about the ethics of technology. The book, "Ethics in A Digital World: Guiding Students Through Society's Biggest Questions", was written by Kristen Mattson and published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). We contributed a case study describing how we integrate critical thinking about technology in our curriclulum. Specifically, we co-developed a six-lesson curriculum module for students ages 8-12 called "Thinking about the

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