Amazon to provide computer science education for over 550,000 K-12 students annually

Tuesday 15 September 2020 | 14:29 CET | News

Amazon said it's expanding its computer science education programme, Amazon Future Engineer, to more than 5,000 schools, benefiting over 550,000 students in need each year. The expansion more than doubles Amazon Future Engineer’s reach, adding more than 3,000 new schools across the US. 

Nearly all Amazon Future Engineer schools serve a student body with a significant percentage of students from groups currently underrepresented in computer science and tech, hundreds of schools are rural, and more than 80% are Title I schools. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon Future Engineer coursework can be done virtually to help ensure students stay on track and continue to prepare for the jobs of the future. 

Amazon’s funding will support more than 1,000 elementary schools and more than 4,000 middle and high schools with high-quality computer science courses, online support, and teacher professional development. Amazon Future Engineer’s expansion to elementary schools helps bridge equity skill gaps at a critical age, when students are just beginning to formulate ideas about their futures. 

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon employees are volunteering virtually in Amazon Future Engineer classrooms, talking to the students about the importance of their own computer science education. 

Amazon Future Engineer also launched the Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge – a free, virtual, first of its kind coding competition that teaches students the basics of computer science in the context of a real-life industry challenge. Teachers from Title I schools who complete this competition will also be eligible for free, expanded virtual robotics lessons to further support their students while they learn from home. 

In addition to supporting computer science education, Amazon is supporting communities in a range of ways during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company donated more than 13,000 laptops to students in need, distributed more than USD 5 million worth of Amazon devices to help healthcare workers and nonprofits, delivered more than 6 million meals across 25 US cities, launched free, virtual computer science resources for thousands of students, donated more than USD 20 million to help accelerate COVID-19 research, donated USD 10 million in critically needed PPE supplies, and more.

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Categories: IT
Companies: Amazon
Countries: United States
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