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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In early July 2016, Stichting NewTechKids launched the beginning of what we hope will be a beautiful initiative: Computer Science (CS) Live. CS Live is a series of co-creation partnerships with technology companies. Stichting NewTechKids works closely with technology teams in these companies to develop computer science curriculum and lesson plans for primary school students. Our goal is not to promote companies or specific technology solutions. Instead, we will use real-life technology solutions in different

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Stichting NewTechKids is on a mission to bring technology education to all children, including those who belong to families with low incomes who would not normally receive it. Kids with potential are everywhere and our goal is to find and nurture them. In September 2016, we will begin a pilot program to develop and test computer science programs for primary school aged students in two of Amsterdam's most economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods: Amsterdam South East and Amsterdam New West.

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Stichting NewTechKids is committed to stimulating girls' interest in computer science and programming, beginning in primary school. We're developing new teaching approaches and lesson plans which recognise how both girls and boys learn this subject and the differences in their learning processes. Our goal is to share our knowledge and experience with schools, teachers and parents. In late 2016/early 2017, we'll publish a report which provides: an overview of our approach to teaching computer science our

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