Stichting NewTechKids has begun teaching its second round of 21st Century Skills Clubs in Amsterdam Southeast.
From May – July 2017, we’ll be teaching two, after-school Clubs focused on computer science and technological literacy to children ages 10-12. Children will participate in free, ‘Introduction to Computer Science’ programs at two local schools, Morgenster and the Blauwe Lijn, which have a large number of students from low income, minority communities.
The program at Morgenster School is 50% girls while the program at the Blauwe Lijn School is special for the following reasons:
– all of its participants are girls
– it is being taught by Dr. Marja-Ilona Koski, our Lead Teacher Trainer
– the school’s principal, Els Ranzijn, is serving as the program’s assistant teacher to learn how to teach computers science in the context of 21st century skills development
These two programs were developed by Stichting NewTechKids’ teaching team based on our experiences and lessons learned from the first round of programs in Amsterdam Southeast we taught for children ages 7-9 from January – April 2017.
Our 21st Century Skills Clubs have been made possible by a Google RISE Award. The RISE Awards provide financial support and connect not-for-profit organizations around the world which promote computer science (CS) to primary and secondary school students, with a focus on girls, minorities who are historically underrepresented in the field, and youth from low-income communities.
Stichting NewTechKids is partnering on this project with Projectenbureau Primair Onderwijs Zuidoost (PPOZO), an organization which coordinates after-school activities for primary school students in Amsterdam Southeast. PPOZO works with 10 school boards representing 29 schools in the area and 7017 students.