"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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Tomorrow, EU Code Week 2017 kicks off! From October 7-22, organisations across Europe will be organising activities which bring coding and digital literacy to children and adults. Stichting NewTechKids has partnered with Projectenbureau Primair Onderwijs Zuidoost (PPOZO) to organize an 'EU Code Week 2017 Rising Technologists Road Show' at four primary schools in Amsterdam Southeast, a predominantly low-income, minority community. Our Road Show will run from October 9-20. We describe primary school students in Amsterdam Southeast

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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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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 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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