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Amazon to fund computer science education for 30 DCSD elementary schools – On Common Ground News

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STONE MOUNTAIN, GA — Amazon and DeKalb County School District (DCSD) officers immediately introduced that Amazon is funding computer science education and trainer skilled growth for 30 elementary schools within the district. The funding will affect greater than 10,000 college students from underserved communities and teams at the moment underrepresented in expertise. DeKalb County School District is a component of Amazon Future Engineer’s enlargement to greater than 6,000 schools, 1,000 of that are elementary schools.

Amazon is working with BootUp PD, a nonprofit skilled growth supplier specializing in elementary faculty education, to carry computer science to every faculty. BootUp PD’s skilled growth classes adapt effectively to a digital mannequin and supply lecturers with the instruments they want to carry participating coding classes to their college students each on-display and in-particular person. High-quality computer science education for elementary faculty college students throughout their faculty day is a essential piece of Amazon’s “childhood to career” strategy as a result of it helps bridge fairness talent gaps at an age when college students are simply starting to formulate concepts about their futures.

DCSD has been going by way of a digital transformation and increasing its studying pathways to embody essential abilities for college students to thrive in fashionable society. These instruments embody computer science curricula, encompassing digital literacy, digital competency, and computational pondering. DeKalb’s Career, Technical & Agricultural Education division plans to improve its Computer Science for All initiative by offering 1,000 Okay-12 lecturers with coaching to ship computer science coursework. Their aim is to increase their Computer Science for All initiative to 100,000 K12 DCSD college students by 2025.

“We are thrilled about our partnership with Amazon. This expansion of our computer science program will impact at least 30 elementary schools and benefit over 10,000 students from diverse communities over the course of the next three years. This is great news for our District! Technology plays a significant role in STEM education and in our students’ future. This is one more step in DCSD’s digital transformation to provide our students with critical technological skills,” mentioned Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris.

“Amazon Future Engineer is thrilled to hear how teachers continue to go above and beyond to reach young students and pique their interest in computer science,” mentioned Victor Reinoso, Global Director, Amazon Future Engineer. “We are committed to offering high-quality curriculum, professional development, and benefits to support educators as they help their students build life-changing skills that leverage computer science and coding to bring their dreams to life, no matter what career they choose to pursue.”

“The Amazon Future Engineer program will close equity gaps by ensuring computer science learning opportunities for students in underserved communities like DeKalb and throughout the nation,” mentioned Clark Merkley, BootUp PD’s Executive Director. “It’s really the first ongoing national sponsorship focused on implementing sustainable, district-wide computer science. We’re extremely proud to be a part of something that will have a measurable, positive impact for decades to come.”

Amazon’s dedication to DeKalb County School District is a part of its funding to enhance entry to computer science/STEM education throughout the nation, primarily by way of Amazon Future Engineer. For 2021, this system is on monitor to meet its aim of reaching 1.6 million college students from traditionally underrepresented communities globally by way of its actual-world-impressed, digital and palms-on computer science mission studying experiences. Amazon Future Engineer already helps greater than 40 schools throughout metro Atlanta with excessive-high quality, free, computer science curriculum, robotics golf equipment and educator skilled studying.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon workers are volunteering just about in Amazon Future Engineer school rooms, speaking to the scholars concerning the significance of their very own computer science education. Amazon Future Engineer additionally launched the Amazon Cyber (*30*) Challenge – a free, digital, first of its type coding competitors that teaches college students the fundamentals of computer science within the context of an actual-life trade problem. To be taught extra about what Amazon is doing in response to COVID-19 for communities, workers, companions, and prospects, take a look at the Amazon Blog: Day One.

About Amazon Future Engineer    

Amazon Future Engineer is a childhood-to-career computer science education program supposed to encourage and educate thousands and thousands of scholars from traditionally underrepresented communities globally, together with a whole lot of hundreds of scholars within the U.S. every year. Students discover computer science by way of faculty curriculum and mission-based mostly studying, utilizing code to make music, program robots, and remedy issues. Additionally, every year Amazon Future Engineer awards 100 college students with 4-yr, $40,000 scholarships and paid internships at Amazon, in addition to names ten Teacher of the Year winners, awarding $30,000 prize packages for going above and past to encourage college students in computer science and to promote variety and inclusion within the discipline. For 2021, Amazon Future Engineer has a aim to attain 1.6 million college students from traditionally underrepresented communities globally with actual-world-impressed digital and palms-on computer science mission studying. The program is at the moment accessible within the U.S., U.Okay., France, Canada and India.     

About BootUp Professional Development  

BootUp PD is a nationwide 501(c)(3) nonprofit specializing in district-broad elementary computer science initiatives that concentrate on creativity and drawback-fixing. Since 2015, BootUp has labored with virtually 300 elementary schools in ten states, straight impacting over 150,000 college students. BootUp prepares lecturers to facilitate open-ended coding tasks which can be mission-based mostly and personally significant within the free platforms Scratch and ScratchJr. Students are empowered with inventive and interactive curricula that permit them to discover their private pursuits by way of coding with design, music, animation, video games, or tales. APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED AT: www.afebootup.smapply.org



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