The Amazon Future Engineer program works to increase access to computer science (CS) education for children and young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities. High school seniors who want to study computer science can apply for one of a hundred $40,000 scholarships offered through the Amazon Future Engineer scholarship program. The money comes with a guaranteed paid internship offer at Amazon. Applicants need to complete a CS course in high school; have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in CS; and be a US citizen or permanent resident, and a high school senior in a US school. The recipients of the scholarships are selected on the basis of their academic performance, experience with CS, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, short-answer responses, unusual personal or family circumstances, financial need, racial/ethnic/gender diversity, and appraisal of an educator (preferably a CS teacher). Those who receive the scholarships will get $10,000 each year as long as they maintain fulltime enrollment at an accredited college or university. Internships run for 12 weeks during the summer and take place after students’ freshman year of college. Interns are embedded with a software engineering team and paired with another intern, a manager, and mentors to work on projects, which may be for Amazon web services, Alexa, or the retail platform.
Each month we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in August.
CodeScty is an interactive learning experience designed to introduce young people to computational thinking and coding concepts through a cultural lens that they are familiar with. CodeScty’s tech-forward music education platform includes original hip-hopmusic, videos, and experiential learning activities to teach computer science principles and computational thinking to seventh- and eighth-grade students who are underrepresented in STE(A)M.
Registration for the 2021–2022 season is now open for all FIRST programs—preK–grade 12. Project-based, hands-on FIRST programs introduce students to engineering and coding in an engaging, inclusive, and creative classroom or afterschool learning environment where students work collaboratively to solve an annual robotics challenge.