Amazon Future Engineer programme to teach 10 million kids a year how to code in the United States

Screenshot from Amazon Future Engineer website.

Screenshot from Amazon Future Engineer website.

On November 2018, Amazon launched a programme to teach more than 10 million students a year how to code in the United States. In order to reach this goal, the company announced it would invest in summer camps, teacher training, and other initiatives to encourage children from low-income families and underrepresented minorities to engage in studying computing science.

The programme, called Amazon Future Engineer, intends to address the need for more professionals with high computing science skills. According to Jeff Wilke, Amazon’s chief executive of Worldwide Consumer, “We’re pretty confident that knowing how to code will be as important as knowing how to read for the jobs of the future.”

The Future Engineer programme will benefit kids from kindergarten through eighth grade. The training will be given by volunteer employees and through online classes and workshops from strategic partners such as Code.org and Coding with Kids. Other benefits include online training for teachers at 2,000 low-income high schools, and offers for college students to apply for scholarships and internships.

Source: AP News