This week, NewTechKids started a new 'Problem-Solving with Computer Science & Programming' at a primary school in Amsterdam. Our first lesson: how technology helps us automate tasks so we can free up our time for other things. We discussed 'smart' household devices, what tasks they automate and how to design one. Then we challenged kids to design, build and program a robot to automate a specific task. What a difference props make! We provided a

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NewTechKids was invited by the Mozilla Foundation to give two, online workshops for kids and their parents during MozFest 2021. MozFest is the Foundation's annual festival which migrated online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During our workshops, we taught kids about how technology is designed through concepts such as resources and requirements before exposing them to the logic of coding by encouraging them to create their own coding language. We led them through

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Today (Saturday, March 13th), NewTechKids will teach a FREE online workshop for kids ages 7-12. The workshop is one of the Youth Zone activities being offered during the Mozilla Foundation's MozFest 2021 online festival. The Festival encourages kids and adults to explore technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and ethics. Parents are expected to supervise their kids during our English-language workshop. Kids will become inventors in NewTechKids robot factory and who build and code robots. During the workshop, kids will

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Kinderen van 7-12 jaar en hun ouders worden uitgenodigd om deel te nemen aan een gratis online workshop (in het Nederlands) georganiseerd door NewTechKids als onderdeel van het jaarlijkse MozFest 2021. MozFest is het online festival dat wordt georganiseerd door de Mozilla Foundation en dat plaatsvindt van 8-19 maart. MozFest 2021 is gratis bij te wonen. Alle deelnemende kinderen moeten worden geregistreerd via een ouder of verzorger. Robot Inventor Workshops Op zaterdag 13 maart geeft

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A big 'thank you' to Tessa Wernink and Impossible for featuring Deborah Carter, NewTechKids' Founder and Managing Director, on the 'What If We Get It Right?' podcast series. Listen to the podcast. Deborah spoke about her six years of experiencing leading NewTechKids and her ideas on a new way forward in terms of preparing kids for a future of constant and pervasive technological development. One of these ideas led her to hep launch PreparationTech, an online

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Luckily, there are 'many roads to Rome' when it comes to teaching kids about technology and helping them acquire tech knowledge and skills. This was the theme of the recent panel at the Women in Tech Regatta Amsterdam virtual event on Wednesday, December 9th: 'The Many Flavours of Technology Education (and School is Only One of Them!)'. Watch the panel here. Deborah Carter, NewTechKids' Founder and Managing Director, developed and moderated the panel and brought

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NewTechKids will offer two 2020 Christmas holiday bootcamps from December 21 - 31, 2020. Before Christmas Bootcamp: December 21-24, 2020 Bootcamp between Christmas and New Year's: December 28 - 31, 2020 Part of the City of Amsterdam's Mid-Winter Mokum event series, these two bootcamps are subsidized  by Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA) and are being offered free-of-charge to all children who have an OBA Junior library pass. For kids who don't have the pass, the fee

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How do you prepare kids and adults for our world of constant and rapid technological innovation? What education, training and exposure to technology do they need to survive and thrive? Deborah Carter, NewTechKids' Founder, will be moderating a panel discussion on this topic during the Women in Tech Regatta Amsterdam virtual event on December 9, 2020. The panel will explore the many different ways that kids can learn about technology, from formal schooling to storytelling,

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It's important to teach kids that technology inventions often come from personal needs and experiences of adversity. In this excerpt from the PreparationTech interview featuring Zuby Onwuta, this African inventor and disability advocate talks about his personal experience of losing his eyesight and how it caused him to blend medical research, his training in engineering and passion for technology. Zuby is the inventor of 'Think and Zoom’ technology which magnifies objects based on brain wave

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NewTechKids and the Amsterdam Public Library (OBA) strictly adhere to the COVID-19 social distancing recommendations issued by the Dutch government. Our bootcamps take place in OBA's Junior Lab, a large, well-ventilated room. NewTechKids is using AI-based software to design our classroom layout and the placement of tables and chairs, location of teacher, etc. Tables and chairs are spaced apart to encourage social distancing. Each class, NewTechKids' teacher checks the temperature of all children with a

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