Today, we kicked off our 2017 EU Code Week Road Show for Rising Technologists at the Nellestein primary school in Amsterdam South. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be teaching an ‘Intro to Programming Concepts’ lesson at schools in this predominantly low-income, minority community where students don’t normally receive computer science education.
We refer to students there as ‘Rising Technologists’ because we believe that with opportunity and access to computer science education, they have the potential to become future technologists and leaders who can help their communities. Read more.
We taught two classes focused on introducing kids ages 7-12 to the fundamental logic and concepts behind programming. Concepts included automation, algorithms, commands, sequence and loops.
All children should understand that more and more objects, processes and experiences in their lives are the direct result of programming computers and robotics. They should also be encouraged to think about the implications of automation in their daily lives and the changes it will bring in areas related to education, jobs, quality of life, privacy, etc.
We taught students how Amazon uses robots to automate its warehouses before challenging them to design their own automated spaces with toy robots.
For Teachers and Teachers in Training
One of our goals in organising an EU Code Week Road Show at schools in Amsterdam Southeast is to encourage local primary school teachers to teach computer science and coding concepts. During our Road Show, we’re teaching side-by-side with full-time primary school teachers and teachers in training and showing them how to to teach about technology in a low barrier way which is engaging for students and appeals to both girls and boys.
During our Road Show, we have transformed our classes into a learning lab for a Masters student at the Open Universiteit in the Netherlands who is conducting research on technology education at the primary school level.
A special thanks to Google Europe for funding our Road Show with a 2017 Europe Code Week sponsorship.
Photo: a teacher in training (left) at the Nellestein primary school in Amsterdam Southeast helps our teacher explain how commands work in programming to students ages 7-9.