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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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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