Amazon Future Engineer program is funding computer science courses in underserved schools across the United States


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Amazon Future Engineer program supports students

The Amazon Future Engineer program is now funding computer science courses for more than 2,000 high schools in underserved communities across the U.S.

In this exciting milestone, Amazon is funding full-year Intro and AP computer science courses, primarily for public Title I schools that have never offered AP computer science courses before. These courses benefit more than 100,000 high school students as part of the four-part, childhood-to-career program, that works to inspire and educate 10 million children and young adults each year.

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What is Amazon Future Engineer?

Amazon Future Engineer is a program intended to inspire, educate, and prepare children and young adults from underrepresented and underserved communities to pursue careers in the fast-growing field of computer science. Each year, Amazon Future Engineer helps children explore computer science; provides over 100,000 young people in over 2,000 high schools access to Intro or AP Computer Science courses; awards 100 students with four-year $10,000 scholarships, as well as offers guaranteed and paid Amazon internships to gain work experience. Amazon Future Engineer is part of Amazon’s $50 million investment in computer science/STEM education. In addition, Amazon Future Engineer has donated more than $10 million to organizations that promote computer science/STEM education across the country.

Humbled to be a part of teachers' important work

Computer science is the fastest-growing profession within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) field, but only 8 per cent of STEM graduates earn a computer science degree, with a tiny minority from underprivileged backgrounds. Students from underprivileged backgrounds are 8 to 10 times more likely to pursue college degrees in computer science if they have taken AP computer science in high school.

Amazon Future Engineer school visit

To celebrate the Future Engineer expansion and milestone, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made a surprise visit to one of the Amazon Future Engineer high school, Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C.

Amazon Future Engineer school Washington DC

Taking tech skills to students across the States

“Having Amazon Future Engineer fund courses for our students in rural Oregon means we are able to give our students exposure to technology rich skills that directly impact their future career choice,” said Kyle Sipe, Instructional Coach and Robotics Mentor, Umatilla High School. “Because of this program, we can alter the knowledge base of our students and assist them to select a career that better suits our local job market's needs. Amazon Future Engineer has given our kids the amazing opportunity to get relevant and applicable technology content.”

“As demand for computer science skills impacts a wide range of industries from manufacturing to customer service, the demand for a diverse labor force equipped with technical capabilities also rises,”, said Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI). “It’s why we applaud all efforts from the public and private sector to increase access to a robust computer science education and to nurture the growth of our nation’s economy. I am looking forward to seeing all that the next generation of students in Michigan’s 11th district will achieve, as the Amazon Future Engineer program launches at high schools there and across the country.”

“We have future scientists, engineers, and inventors in our classrooms throughout the District, and I am proud that we have resources like Amazon’s Future Engineer program to provide them with the learning opportunities they need to achieve their goals,” said District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Lewis D. Ferebee. “We are excited to welcome the Amazon team to Dunbar High School to see our students in action, and their passion and excitement for computer science is what drives us to continue to expand our STEM programming through Nation Academy Foundation (NAF) Academies, courses, extracurricular activities, and more.”

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Providing lessons and tutorials to teachers

In addition to funding so schools can offer Intro & AP computer science courses, Amazon funding also provides preparatory lessons, tutorials, professional development for teachers, fully sequenced and paced digital curriculum for students, and live online support every day of the week for both teachers and students. All educators and students participating in this program have access to a no-cost membership with AWS Educate, Amazon’s global initiative to provide students comprehensive resources for building skills in cloud technology. Students will receive content to learn about cloud computing and access to the AWS cloud for their coding projects.

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