Many public schools in the U.S. lack access to computer science resources, but that’s something tech giant Amazon hopes to change. The company’s free Amazon Future Engineer program, which offers K-12 teachers free access to sponsored virtual computer science courses, has already expanded to 5,000 schools in underserved areas. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep many students at home, the program is expanding to another 3,000 schools, over 80% of which are federally-funded Title 1 schools.
“Students can complete all Amazon Future Engineer coursework virtually, which ensures they can start the school year from home, stay on track, and continue to prepare for the jobs of the future,” the company states on its website.
The program is looking to support over 1,000 grammar schools and more than 4,000 middle and high schools in the U.S. with computer science lessons, online support, and professional development for educators. Check out the program’s website to learn more about these programs and how to apply.
Additionally, students can compete in the program’s free, virtual Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge, a coding contest. Not only will kids get to compete and have fun, they’ll learn the fundamentals of computer science while participating in a realistic industry challenge. Plus, educators from Title 1 schools who finish the challenge will receive free virtual robotics courses for their students.
Amazon is not the only large organization offering resources for teachers. For educators who are struggling with remote lessons during the pandemic, Google is providing a number of resources. Among them are free resources on Coding and Computer Science and STEM, which contain lessons and challenges that will help students hone their technical skills. Microsoft is also offering a free guide on how to make virtual lessons engaging and successful.
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