Stichting NewTechKids is fortunate to have supporters all over the world. One of them, Aurora Gonzales, ran the 4K4Charity Fun Run at IBC in Amsterdam on September 16, 2017. Not only that, she brought a squad of five other runners from Spain, Germany and the Netherlands with her. Runners and sponsors raised almost $40,000 which will be donated to Heifer International and Stichting NewTechKids. We'll be using the donation to support diversity and inclusion initiatives

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Stichting NewTechKids is pleased to announce that Google has awarded us with a grant to organize computer science and coding activities in Amsterdam Southeast during this year's EU Code Week (October 7-22, 2017). Specifically, we will organize a 'Rising Technologists Coding Road Show' in Amsterdam Southeast, a predominantly low-income, minority community. Rising Technologists is the term we use to describe kids in these communities who have the potential to become future technologists if they receive

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Last Friday, Stichting NewTechKids was fortunate to participate in an all-day Scrum training workshop given by Dion Nicolaas, a TomTom Expert Software Engineer. TomTom is one of the Netherlands' best-known technology companies which specialises in navigation and location-based services. Scrum is a framework for agile software development which is used widely at TomTom and many other technology companies. It provides software teams with a structured work process which helps them collaborate and complete specific technology

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From May - July 2017, Stichting NewTechKids' taught a computer science program to an all-girls group at de Blauwe Lijn, a primary school in Amsterdam Southeast. The school is situated in one of Amsterdam's poorest neighbourhoods. Els Ranzijn, the school's principal, lobbied for the program and volunteered to help teach it over 10 weeks. Here are her thoughts about the experience. Tell us about your school. Els: Our school is an average-sized elementary school, with

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Computer science (CS) education is more established at the high school level, with many countries in Europe such as the United Kingdom and Finland offering it as a mandatory subject. Primary school is a whole different matter. Thankfully, momentum is picking up and schools, teachers, computer science advocacy groups, non-profits, higher education institutes, technology companies and governments are supporting efforts to integrate computer science into primary school curriculum. Stichting NewTechKids was delighted to be commissioned

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Stichting NewTechKids has published a report about our experiences teaching computer science and technological literacy programs to primary school-aged children in Amsterdam Southeast. Read the complete report here. Amsterdam Southeast is a largely low-income, minority community. We describe the children we taught 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. Thanks to a Google

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Stichting NewTechKids is delighted to announce that the 4K 4Charity Fun Run Series, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, has chosen us as one of two non-profit organizations to receive donations raised via its annual fun run in Amsterdam. The event will take place Saturday, September 16 in Amsterdam as part of the IBC2017 Conference and Exhibition. All proceeds from 4K 4Charity Fun Run Series benefit nonprofit organizations that support increased diversity and inclusion initiatives. “We’re pleased

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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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