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Amazon Adding 3,000 More Schools to Computer Science Education Program

Amazon is extending the reach of its computer science education program to a total of more than 5,000 schools, more than doubling the number of participating institutions. Applications are now open for schools that wish to participate.

The program, Amazon Future Engineer, provides funding for computer science courses and courseware, and offers online support and teacher professional development. Scholarships and internships are also offered as part of the program.

With the expansion, Amazon Future Engineer will serve more than 550,000 students, with an emphasis on schools with a high percentage of students who belong to underrepresented groups. About 20 percent of the participating schools serve elementary grades. The remainder are middle and high schools.

According to Amazon, at the elementary level, which is new to the program, “The Amazon Future Engineer sponsorship provides three years of ongoing onsite professional development to elementary teachers on the content and pedagogy of computer science education. The sponsorship provides everything districts need to implement a sustainable computer science initiative. This includes eight onsite professional development workshops, ongoing model teaching and coaching, curricula and teacher lesson plans, and an online Instructional Coach Course to ensure the sustainability of the program.”

Further details about Amazon Future Engineer can be found at amazonfutureengineer.com.

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