Amazon today announced it will fund computer science courses in more than 1,000 high schools across all 50 states and the District of Columbia reaching tens of thousands of students from underprivileged, underrepresented, or underserved communities, through its Amazon Future Engineer (opens in new tab) program. Of the more than 1,000 high schools, more than 700 are classified as Title I schools. Amazon’s funding provides full-year courses designed to prepare students of all backgrounds to pursue a computer science education and career.
The more than 1,000 high schools will offer Intro to Computer Science and AP Computer Science classes through curriculum provider, Edhesive (opens in new tab). Amazon’s funding 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 students participating in this program will receive a free membership to AWS Educate (opens in new tab), which provides them with free access to computing power in the AWS Cloud for their coding projects and content to learn about cloud computing.
Launched (opens in new tab) in November, 2018, Amazon Future Engineer (opens in new tab) is a four-part childhood-to-career program intended to inspire, educate, and prepare children and young adults from underprivileged, underrepresented, and underserved communities to pursue careers in the fast-growing field of computer science.
Schools, administrators, and teachers interested in applying to any stage of the Amazon Future Engineer program can apply and learn more here (opens in new tab).