Amazon Future Engineer program is offering free online computer science courses for children, parents and teachers


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Amazon supports free computer science courses for children

Amazon supports free computer science courses for children

 April 02, 2020

Amazon is supporting a range of free computer science courses during the Covid-19 pandemic through a growing list of resources available online. This is a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to encourage a curiosity for STEM subjects in their children, particularly girls, and to keep them entertained and educated.

Amazon Future Engineer  is a comprehensive childhood-to-career program aimed at increasing access to computer science education for children and young adults.

From virtual robotics to remixed songs

Educational offerings include virtual robotics, where children have have fun programming their own robots through access to the CoderZ online education environment; Edhesive computer science courses, which includes professional development for teachers; and celebrity song remix where students can use code to remix real celebrity songs.

Amazon partners are offering free STEM opportunities. For example, Code.org is hosting weekly Code Break sessions where the team and a special guest teach students computer science at home. Every episode also includes a weekly challenge to engage students of all abilities, even those without computers.

BootUp has also designed step-by-step lesson plans and coder resources to create interesting and entertaining projects.

Further resources for children

Amazon is offering further resources such as CBeebies educational games, learning-to-read apps, and TED talks for older children.

Amazon-owned Audible put a selection of its children’s audiobook stories online for free.

Plus, visit these great and reliable sources for further activities and resources to keep children learning and engaged.

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