"I personally hate to code. I understand how beneficial it is but to me, if engineering was projected as coding and robotics, it wouldn't be something that suits me." In this PreparationTech interview produced by NewTechKids, Danielle Geathers, a third-year Engineering student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the first black, female President of the Undergraduate Association at MIT (student government) in 159 years, advises parents, teachers and school counsellors to focus on teaching

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For kids and teens who love the performing arts, computer science, programming and design combined with digital skills can take them in many interesting directions. Case in point: Miral Kotb, Founder of iLuminate, a light dance and technology company. iLuminate came in third on 'America's Got Talent', has worked with artists including Chris Brown, the Black Eyed Peas and Christina Aguilera, and is launching a Vegas show. Miral is also a study in perseverance and resilience as

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  https://vimeo.com/408410161 JP van Seventer is passionate about all things related to online gaming. JP is Co-founder and Managing Director of Dutch Game Garden, a game incubator and business centre for small gaming companies and independent game designers located in Utrecht, the Netherlands. In this interview, JP talks about his own experience in game development. He also shares his thoughts on: the kind of people who thrive in the gaming industry and their knowledge, skills, characteristics and

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It's that time of the year. When students in group 8 in Dutch primary schools receive their definitive 'advies' on the type of high school they will attend and the type of secondary education they will pursue: pre-vocational, senior general or pre-university. This advice is based on a combination of their marks from groups 6-8, the results of standardized tests they take in group 8, and the advice of their group 8 teacher. In some

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Register here When it comes to guiding and managing children's online gaming activities, there's no definitive guidelines or rules. Often, parents, caretakers and teachers end up winging it. NewTechKids' team believes that the time has come for adults to proactively develop a game plan, especially because of the growing popularity of gaming and the rise in unhealthy gaming and gaming addiction. To this end, we've organized a seminar for parents, caregivers and teachers on 'Kids

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A few months back, Deborah Carter, Founder of NewTechKids, had an interesting conversation with a Google executive responsible for the company's computer science education initiatives worldwide. The executive remarked that there are huge discrepancies in student knowledge amongst first year students enrolled in university and college computer science courses. Those who have taken courses, participated in school clubs and extracurricular activities, and/or explored programming with parents or other adults have a huge advantage. Those with

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"This world is what you make of it. So go ahead and leave your mark, starting right here." This was the message on the front cover of the notebook given to each of the 2000 middle and high school students from North America and Europe who attended last week's EF Tours Global Leadership Summit in Davos, Switzerland. The students explored the theme 'The Power of Communication' through design thinking while enjoying an impressive line-up of

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Yesterday, NewTechKids hosted 120 middle and high school students from Colorado, Nevada, Iowa and Minnesota during our programming and robotics workshops in Amsterdam. (A special thanks to the Amsterdam Public Library for hosting the workshops.) Our workshops were part of EF Tours' 2019 Global Leadership  Conference under the theme of "The Power of Communication". We led lively discussions about the evolution of communications from no tech to digital, with students talking about how social media

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NewTechKids is pleased to announce that it is collaborating with Stedelijk Gymnasium Haarlem, a prestigious Dutch high school in the city of Haarlem, to offer a new programming and robotics course.  We'll provide students with a general introduction to programming, technology systems and design in the broader context of automation. The course will combine deep analytical thinking about the implications of technology with hands on design and programming experience through a series of class challenges.

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Ten days left until NewTechKids' 'How to Raise a Tech Innovator' evening class for parents on January 30th. The class takes place from 19:00 - 21:00 at the central branch of the Amsterdam Public Library. Register now! We thought we'd share some interesting findings from the registration information provided by parents who will attend the class. 100%: parents of boys (The fact that no parents of girls have signed up for the class is unfortunate.

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