Stichting NewTechKids (NewTechKids Foundation) is a non-profit dedicated to helping primary school teachers introduce technological innovation and computer science to students ages four to 12. We work closely with school leaders and teachers to develop, test and improve teacher training, and curriculum, lessons and teaching materials.
Computer science and computational thinking education at the primary school level is still in its infancy. Stichting NewTechKids’ activities focus on developing high quality curriculum, lesson plans and teaching materials and effective training programs for primary school teachers.
Stichting NewTechKids believes that all children should have a solid foundation to understand technology: how and why it works and how to think in order to create technological solutions.
Computer science education is an ideal way to teach children about technology while helping them develop 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, communication and creativity.
Our brand of computer science education covers computational thinking, programming, technological systems thinking, design and prototyping, and technological literacy.
CURRICULUM AND LESSON PLAN DEVELOPMENT
Stichting NewTechKids develops primary school computer science and computational thinking curriculum, lesson plans and teaching materials. We collaborate with teachers and technology experts to develop new modules and lesson plans, including our Computer Science Live lesson co-creation series.
PILOT PROGRAMS FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
Stichting NewTechKids develops pilot programs which are delivered during regular school hours or as after-school activities. These pilot programs enable us to further develop computer science pedagogy, teaching approaches and classroom management strategies among diverse student populations.
TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMS
Stichting NewTechKids develops teacher training programs for primary school teachers and student teachers which prepare them to teach computer science and computational thinking. Our training programs cover computer science theory, pedagogy, teaching approaches and classroom management techniques as well as lesson development.
Stichting NewTechKids conducts research independently as well as with universities, technology companies and organisations focused on computer science education at the primary school level. Our research focuses on topics such as how to improve teacher training and introducing computer science to groups under-represented in technology education: girls, minorities and children in low-income families.
Stichting NewTechKids has launched Computer Science Live, a new series of teaching collaborations with technology companies aimed at teaching computer science and computational thinking in the context of knowledge and inspiring case studies from the technology industry. We co-create program modules and lessons with technology companies and invite their experts into our classrooms to teach along with our own teachers.
Our teachers are well-versed in computer science and computational thinking at the primary school level. This guarantees that all of Stichting NewTechKids’ teaching collaborations reflect our focus on teaching fundamental computer science concepts and helping students develop 21st century skills.
Our Head of R&D and the teachers we work with are well-versed in computer science and primary school education. This guarantees that all of Stichting NewTechKids’ teaching collaborations reflect our focus on teaching fundamental computer science concepts and helping students develop 21st century skills: problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication.
Stichting NewTechKids looks forward to collaborating with technology companies to bring computer science and their technological innovation to life in tangible ways for primary school students. We’ll use our ‘Computer Science Live’ series to develop new computer science lesson plans and teaching materials for teachers.
Computer Sciences Live: FairPhone
- The Software Lead at FairPhone, a social enterprise that is building a movement for fairer electronics, helped us teach our students about fair electronics, ethical supply chains and production, and modular design.
Computer Sciences Live: Quby
- Developers from Quby, a smart energy company behind the Toon smart thermostat helped us teach our students about systems thinking, hardware and the concept of feedback.
Stichting NewTechKids is dedicated to conducting research to improve how primary school students learn computer science and how their teachers are trained to teach it. We conduct independent research and partner with universities, technology companies and organisations focused on computer science education in schools.
Teaching Rising Technologists in Amsterdam Southeast
- Stichting NewTechKids has published a new report which outlines our experience teaching primary school students in Amsterdam Southeast, a largely low income, minority community. The report is based on the observations of our teachers during two, 10-week ‘Introduction to Computer Science’ programs we taught to children ages 7-10 from January to April 2017.
Training Primary School Teachers to Teach Computer Science
- From January – April 2018, Stichting NewTechKids trained 27 primary school teachers from across the Netherlands to introduce computer science to students ages four to 12. This report outlines the teachers’ understanding of what computer science is, their mindset about learning this new subject and their observations that there are no difference in the learning capabilities of girls and boys.
Board / Team / Advisors
Stichting NewTechKids is supervised by a three-person board. Board members are volunteers and do not receive any renumeration for their work.
Rene is a financial professional and independent business owner who works with a variety of startups, small companiesRead More
Dimitris is a DevOps engineer working for Sanoma, the leading consumer media company in Finland and the Netherlands.Read More
Brigit is an advocate of children with special education needs. As founder of a therapy practice focused onRead More
Dr. Koski originally planned to become a biologist. But computer science seduced her and opened up a whole newRead More
Deborah is an entrepreneur and innovation consultant dedicated to preparing children for a future of technology and innovation.Read More
In December 2016, Stichting NewTechKids received a Google RISE Award. The Award provided funding which enabled Stichting NewTechKids to develop and launch a series of 21st Century Skills Clubs for kids ages 7-12 focused on computer science education in Amsterdam Southeast, a largely low-income, minority community. Stichting NewTechKids also joins Google’s global network of organisations providing computer science, after-school programs.
Google also provided Stichting NewTechKids with a 2017 Europe Code Week sponsorship to organize a ‘Rising Technologists Road Show’, a series of ‘Intro to Programming’ lessons taught by our team and local teachers to students at primary schools in Amsterdam Southeast.
Stichting NewTechKids’ Computer Science Teacher Training Program, to be held January – March 2018, is made possible by a donation from the 4K 4Charity Fun Run. The Fun Run is organised every year during the IBC Show in Amsterdam by AWS Elemental, a technology company based in Portland, Oregon and will support our mission to bring technology education to a more diverse and inclusive group of students and teachers.
Quby, together with Eneco, collaborated with Stichting NewTechKids to develop a Computer Science Live lesson plan module based on systems thinking and smart energy management. We brainstormed lesson ideas with Quby’s software developers and then developed five lessons which have been taught to several classes of students ages 10-14.
Eneco, together with Quby, collaborated with Stichting NewTechKids to develop a Computer Science Live lesson plan module based on systems thinking and smart energy management. Eneco is the parent company of Quby and a leader in sustainable energy in the Netherlands. We developed five lessons which have been taught to several classes of students ages 10-14.
We are seeking collaborations with companies, educational institutes, research bodies and organisations which provide grants and subsidies to support the development of computer science education at the primary school level.
Email us: info(at)stichtingnewtechkids.org or fill in the contact form.
Call us: Deborah Carter, Fundraising & Strategic Partnerships, +31 657 999 346
1055 GL Amsterdam
KvK Amsterdam number 65379721