About this Event
(Taught in a combination of Dutch and English.)
Theme: Bringing Favourite Kids Books & Films to Life (with Robots)
During this NewTechKids bootcamp of 6 weekly workshops on Tuesday afternoons at the Amsterdam Public Library, kids ages 8-12 will use their imaginations to bring the most popular children's books and films to life by inventing robots based on the stories. Books and films will include "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "Harry Potter", "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and others.
Kids will dive into building and visual programming using LEGO Mindstorms and art supplies. They'll learn about design concepts (resources, requirements, testing, iteration, best practices) and computer science concepts (coding, algorithms, commands, loops, sequence, iteration, if-else logic, etc.).
During each class, they’ll discuss a children's book or film before completing challenges in pairs and presenting their prototypes.
Classes will take place every Tuesday from 16:15 - 17:45 on the following dates:
- November 9, 16, 23, 30
- December 7, 14
The bootcamp will be taught in a combination of English and Dutch by a native Dutch-speaking professional teacher with specialised training in computer science. The curriculum and workshops are based on NewTechKids’ pedagogy which focuses on concept-context learning and the use of tangible learning tools.
Our bootcamp is ideal for children with no previous exposure to design and computer science and those who have previously participated in NewTechKids programs.
A minimum of 12 students is required to offer this bootcamp. Registrants will be notified 3 days prior if the program is cancelled and a full refund will be provided.
Location: Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, Oosterdokskade 143 in the Junior Lab basement (5-minute walk from Centraal Station)
Our programs take place in OBA's Junior Lab which is large and well-ventilated.
- NewTechKids has used AI-based software to design floor plans for the room which determine the spacing of tables and chairs, the location of teacher, etc. Tables and chairs are placed apart to encourage social distancing amongst the children.
- NewTechKids’ teacher checks the temperature of all children with a no-contact thermometer when they arrive for each class. Kids with temperatures above 38 degrees celsius are asked to return home.
- Kids are required to wash their hands when they arrive and there are multiple hand washing breaks during every class.
- Hand sanitizer is readily available.
- Children are encouraged to wear masks but this is optional.
- Our teachers stand at a distance from kids during class discussions and while explaining computer science and programming theory. They will use a microphone so everyone can hear clearly.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA), Junior Lab (basement), Amsterdam, Netherlands