February 26, 2016 | Zoetermeer (NL)

ORTEC sponsors Coder class at Mentis Montessori Lyceum in Amsterdam

“It’s never too early to learn programming”.

The Metis Montessori Lyceum in Amsterdam is the first school in the Netherlands to have a Coder class profile. It is a profile in which students receive intensive training in programming. The first students will start in the 2016-2017 school year. The new profile was announced on Friday, February 26, by Principal Huseyin Asma and Administrator Ferd Stouten in the presence of the Amsterdam alderman of Economic Affairs Kajsa Ollongren.

The Coder class is an educational concept in which, starting in seventh grade, students will receive modern information technology education five hours a week. The goal of this profile class is to track down and further develop young IT talent in the Metropolitan area of Amsterdam. Depending on personal interests, the students will have the option to specialize in certain areas. Examples include web development, programming, embedded systems or robotics. In collaboration with companies and college institutes, group design assignments are developed for which students can register within their own specialty.

The City of Amsterdam provides support to the Metis Montessori Lyceum with the StartupAmsterdam program. Companies who have pledged their cooperation are Microsoft, IBM, Codecult, Schuberg Philis, Q42, ORTEC and Codaisseur. These companies are thinking with us about the quality of the offered educational content and the practical aspects of education. They also offer the opportunity for students to learn through experience in internships

The City of Amsterdam and the world of Amsterdam startups have launched the StartupAmsterdam program in an attempt to make Amsterdam the most attractive place in Europe for startups. A more important cornerstone is educating talented students. The Municipal Executive wants to prepare children in Amsterdam and prepare them as well as possible for the job market of the future.