"What happens at bol.com when you click the 'buy' button and before the package arrives at your house?" Silence. Blank stares. Shrugs. This is how we began the 'Intro to Programming' classes we taught as part of our 2017 EU Code Week Road Show for Rising Technologists in Amsterdam Southeast, a predominantly immigrant and low-income community. We refer to students there as ‘Rising Technologists’ because we believe that with opportunity and access to computer science education, they

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Calling all trailblazer teachers! Apply here. Do you want to join a community of primary school teachers from Dutch and international primary schools who will be among the first in the Netherlands to introduce computer science and computational thinking lessons in their schools? Stichting NewTechKids is offering a select group of teachers the opportunity to attend a FREE teacher training program. (Normal price: 2000 euro plus 21% BTW per teacher.) Designed for teachers who have

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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

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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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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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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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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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