(Taught in a combination of Dutch and English.)
NewTechKids and Maakplaats 021, the Maker education division of the Amsterdam Public Library, have partnered to teach this all-day bootcamp which will combine computer science and maker education.
Kids ages 8-12 will transform into technologists who build and program robots to play games and create the physical pieces needed to play the games. During the bootcamp’s grand challenge, kids will work in small teams to design their own robot games, complete with rules, strategies, point systems and the physical pieces and props needed to play the game.
Morning: kids will discuss technology before learning about computer science concepts such as programming, algorithms, commands, loops, sequence, design and if-else logic. They’ll design, build and program robots to play popular no tech games such as Dominos and Hoedje Tip in small teams using tools such as LEGO WeDo and LEGO Mindstorms.
Afternoon: kids will get hands-on experience with digital fabrication by designing with graphics software and experimenting with etching, laser and vinyl cutting, and 3D printing.
Our bootcamp will be an ideal environment for kids to invent, experiment, express their creativity and improve their collaboration skills in a fun and safe learning environment.
Classes will take place everyday from 10:00 – 16:00 on the following dates: - August 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2019
The bootcamp will be taught in a combination of English and Dutch by a professional teacher with specialized computer science training and experienced digital fabrication instructors.
Our program is ideal for children with no previous exposure to computer science and maker education and those who have previously participated in NewTechKids programs.
Children are required to bring their own lunches each day. Drinks and snacks will be provided in the morning and afternoon. Each day, there will breaks for exercise and movement outdoors, weather permitting.
A minimum of 17 students is required to offer this bootcamp. Registrants will be notified one week prior if the bootcamp is cancelled and a full refund will be provided.
Location: Junior Lab (basement), Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA)/Amsterdam Public Library, Oosterdokskade 143, Amsterdam (7-minute walk from Amsterdam Centraal Station)