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

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We are used to teaching kids from middle and upper class backgrounds. Children who live in areas with access to coding club and whose parents can pay for after-school computer science lessons. Children who attend the best schools in the centre of Amsterdam. Children who are in ‘gifted’ programs. Children whose homes are full of the latest technological devices and STEM-related toys. Children whose parents earn high salaries because they work in technology fields. Thanks

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We at Stichting NewTechKids savour the challenge of teaching kids computational thinking through computer science and technological literacy education. Different kids have different learning styles. Our focus is taking that knowledge and developing new pedagogies, didactics and teaching approaches as well as curriculum and lessons. Our Google RISE-supported 21st Century Skills Clubs in Amsterdam Southeast are important research and development environments for us.  Our classes are 50% girls, 50% boys with the kids coming from mostly

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This week was eventful, with Stichting NewTechKids successfully kicking off our new after-school computer science bootcamps for primary school children in Amsterdam Southeast. The bootcamps are funded via the Google RISE Award which we were given last month by Google. We'll be teaching two 'Introduction to Computer Science' bootcamps for children ages 7-9 at two local schools which have a large number of students representing minority communities. These students come from families which cannot afford to pay for

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On Monday, Stichting NewTechKids (NewTechKids Foundation) will launch the first of its Google RISE-supported, after-school computer science education programs in Amsterdam Southeast. The RISE Awards 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 using the Award to develop and launch a series of

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Stichting NewTechKids is pleased to announce that it is one of 28 organizations in 16 countries which has received a 2016 Google RISE Award. The announcement comes  during Computer Science Education Week 2016 (December 5 - 11), an annual program which inspires K-12 students around the world to take interest in computer science. The RISE Awards support and connect not-for-profit organizations around the world which promote computer science (CS) to primary and secondary school students, with a

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Stichting NewTechKids is heading into new territory. We've started integrating Arduino-based lessons into our programs for older kids (ages 10-14). According to the computer science education pedagogy we've developed, students in primary and middle school learn best when learning tangible objects. Arduino is an excellent tool to teach design, prototyping and programming. Its hardware and software are already set up so kids can begin programming in JavaScript right away. In a short space of time, kids can design prototypes and

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Stichting NewTechKids has developed a new curriculum module focused on teaching  kids ages 10-14 the thinking and logic behind Artificial Intelligence (AI). This week, we're partnering with the Amsterdam Municipal Library and NewTechKids, a company which organises computer science programs during and after school, to test five, AI-related lessons during a special Fall school vacation bootcamp. From online gaming and Apple's Siri to self-driving cars and customer service chatbots, AI is all around us. Machine learning is driving

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Last week, Deborah Carter, Stichting NewTechKids's Director of Fundraising and Strategic Partnerships, travelled to South Korea to speak at the International Symposium of Science Museums. Her subject: sharing our approach to teaching computer science and computational thinking skills to primary school-aged children. She joined representatives from some of the world’s leading science museums, including the Smithsonian, the Getty Museum, Science Center Singapore and the National Science Museum of Korea. We discussed the social responsibility of

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R2D2, Wall-E, Transformers, Skynet, Halo. Most kids know about artificial intelligence (AI) in the context of gaming and movies. But it’s already present in other aspects of everyday life, including self-driving cars and semi-autonomous robots. Microsoft has even recently announced that it wants to eradicate cancer using AI. Stichting NewTechKids is developing a new curriculum module for 10-12 year olds aimed at giving kids a basic understanding of artificial intelligence: what it is, how it

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