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.
Wonder Workshop is sponsoring the Wonder League Robotics Competition, a free global, virtual competition for students aged 6–14. The competition is intended to help students develop computational thinking, problem solving, and creativity by learning to code.
For more than 35 years, TheWhite House Office of Science and Technology has bestowed the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) upon STEM teachers across the country and in US jurisdictions.
For more than 35 years, TheWhite House Office of Science and Technology has bestowed the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching(PAEMST) upon STEM teachers across the country and in US jurisdictions. More than 5,300 teachers have received PAEMST, the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. Awardees receive a trip to Washington, DC; a $10,000 award; and opportunities to network with colleagues from across the nation. To learn more about eligibility requirements, nominate a teacher, or apply yourself, visit www.paemst.org.