Amazon to fund computer science classes in over 130 NYC high schools

Following Amazon’s

decision
to set up one of its new
headquarters
in Long Island City, Queens, the company announced
this morning a plan to fund computer science classes in over 130
New York City area high schools. Specifically, Amazon will fund
both introductory and Advanced Placement (AP) classes across all
five NYC boroughs, including over 30 schools in Queens, near its
new headquarters.

The courses will be supported by the Amazon
Future Engineer
 program, whose stated goal is to bring over 10
million kids to computer science per year, and fund computer
science courses for over 100,000 underprivileged kids in 2,000
low-income high schools in the U.S. It also awards 100 students per
year with four-year $10,000 scholarships and offers internships at
Amazon.

The new funding for the New York area schools will
cover preparatory lessons, tutorials, and professional development
for teachers, says Amazon, as well as offer sequenced and paced
digital curriculum for students, and live online support for both
teachers and students.

All participating students will also receive a free membership
to AWS Educate, which offers free computing
power in the AWS Cloud for coding projects.

It’s no surprise that NYC areas schools would be next on the
list of areas to fund by way of Amazon’s Future Engineer program,
given Amazon’s need to grow its base and a developer funnel for
new tech talent in the NYC area. However, the move also drives home
how disappointing Amazon’s “HQ2” decision has been for those
areas that lost out when the retail giant opted to split its
“second” headquarters between Queens and Arlington, VA. There
are cities across the U.S. that would have benefitted more than New
York from Amazon’s  ability to fund computer science courses in
their school systems.

Amazon says it will working with New York-area curriculum
provider, Edhesive to bring the courses to the schools. A full list
of the schools that will receive the classes is
here
.

Source: FS – All Tech News 2
Amazon to fund computer science classes in over 130 NYC high schools