"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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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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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 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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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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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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