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Amazon Provides Robotics Grants to 100 Schools in Underserved and Underrepresented Communities Across the Country to Inspire Next Generation of Computer Scientists

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Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and FIRST today announced that 100 schools
serving students from underrepresented and underserved communities from
across the country will receive an Amazon
Future Engineer
Robotics Grant to inspire the next generation of
computer scientists. The 100 schools across 21 states will receive
support to launch FIRST robotics teams, including teacher
professional development to learn about robotics, $10,000 from Amazon to
expand access to computer science education in their school, and a tour
of a local Amazon fulfillment center. Read more about the new program here.

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KIPP Columbus students tour an Amazon fulfillment center as part of Amazon Future Engineer robotics  ...

KIPP Columbus students tour an Amazon fulfillment center as part of Amazon Future Engineer robotics grant program. (Photo: Business Wire)

FIRST’s mission is to inspire young people to be science and
technology leaders and innovators by engaging them in exciting
mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology
skills to students in grades K-12. Data from a 5-year longitudinal study
of FIRST by Brandeis University shows competitive FIRST
robotics programs works for all youth. Across all demographic groups
(gender, race, economic status and geography), FIRST students
show significant gains in STEM knowledge, STEM interest, STEM career
interest, STEM identity, and STEM activity compared to their peers who
don’t participate. FIRST students are more likely to major in
tech-focused science fields in college; by their second year of college,
over 50 percent declare majors in engineering or technology. The impact
on young women in FIRST is particularly profound. By their first
year of college, female alumnae of FIRST are 3.6 times more
likely to take an engineering course, and 1.9 times more likely to take
a computer science course than female comparison students.

“Our students have been working incredibly hard over the course of their
educational journeys to be in a position to take rigorous computer
science courses, and this experience visiting the fulfillment center, as
well as the support to expand our programming next year, is so
empowering to them,” said Jake Kuhnline, Assistant Director of Teaching
& Learning, KIPP Columbus in Columbus, Ohio. “It’s rare that I hear a
bus full of high schoolers talking about robotics, computer science, and
the future of programming, but that trip generated that much enthusiasm.”

“The Amazon Future Engineer Robotics Grant is a game changer for middle
and high school students throughout 53 KIPP schools around the country,”
said Dave Levin, co-founder of KIPP Public Schools. “The generosity of
Amazon will ensure more KIPP students than ever will have the
opportunity not only to pursue successful careers in STEM, but help
diversify the industry for future generations.”

“Amazon is helping FIRST in our goal to make robotics teams
and programs available in every school,” said Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST
and president of DEKA Research & Development. “In FIRST,
every kid on every team can go pro. They gain a hands-on learning
pathway in technology, computer science and engineering that propels
them forward and inspires innovation.”

“We can’t wait to bring thousands of students into Amazon’s fulfillment
centers to show them the amazing technology operating behind the
scenes,” said Jeff Wilke, CEO Consumer Worldwide, Amazon. “These
students are the innovators of the future, and we’re confident that this
hands-on experience provided by Amazon Future Engineer will inspire them
in their academic pursuits and beyond.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be 1.4
million computer-science-related jobs available and only 400,000
computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs.
Computer science is the fastest-growing profession within the Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) field, but only 8% of STEM
graduates earn a computer science degree, with a tiny minority from
underprivileged backgrounds. Students from underprivileged backgrounds
are 8 to 10 times more likely to pursue college degrees in computer
science if they have taken AP computer science in high school.

Launched in November, 2018, Amazon Future Engineer is a four-part
childhood-to-career program intended to inspire, educate, and prepare
children and young adults from underrepresented and underserved
communities to pursue careers in the fast-growing field of computer
science. Each year, Amazon Future Engineer aims to inspire more than 10
million kids to explore computer science; provide over 100,000 young
people in over 2,000 high schools access to Intro or AP Computer Science
courses; award 100 students with four-year $10,000 scholarships, as well
as offer guaranteed and paid Amazon internships to gain work experience.
Amazon Future Engineer is part of Amazon’s $50 million investment in
computer science/STEM education. In addition, Amazon Future Engineer has
donated more than $10 million to organizations that promote computer
science/STEM education across the country.

About Amazon in the Community

Amazon is committed to ensuring all children and young adults,
especially those from underprivileged, underrepresented, and underserved
communities, have the resources and skills they need to build their best
future. Amazon focuses on building long-term, innovative, and high
impact programs that leverage Amazon’s unique assets and culture.
Initiatives include Amazon Future Engineer, designed to inspire and
excite 10 million children and young adults from underrepresented and
underserved communities each year to pursue an education in computer
science, as well as programs that support immediate needs, including
fighting childhood hunger by providing access to millions of breakfasts
annually through its nationwide Rise and Smile program, addressing
family homelessness through donations and housing a homeless shelter in
its Seattle headquarters, and global relief efforts for people in need
following natural disasters.


Accomplished inventor Dean
founded FIRST
(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to
inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based
in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative
programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while
motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology,
and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies
and more than $80 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit
organization hosts the FIRST
Robotics Competition
for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST
Tech Challenge
for Grades 7-12; FIRST
LEGO League
for Grades 4-8; and FIRST
LEGO League Jr.
for Grades K-4. Gracious
is a way of doing things that encourages
high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects
individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to

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