Amazon Offers Free Tech and Coding Courses During COVID-19

RADIO.COM Staff
March 26, 2020 - 4:05 pm
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Amazon is providing computer science resources for students, teachers and parents as the country continues to cope with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The online retail giant's Amazon Future Engineer program offers access to free online courses in the United States—a valuable tool for students currently studying at home and teachers giving instruction remotely. The classes include a virtual robotics program with partner CoderZ, beginning at a second-grade level and extending through high school with block-based or text coding. EarSketch teaches coding through music, including stems (or individual vocal or instrument tracks that can be mixed together) from popular artists like Common and Ciara. Middle and high school students are encouraged to enter their remixes into weekly challenges managed by Georgia Tech. Amazon is also teaming up with Code.org for Code Break, a weekly series of online lessons that teach youngsters about computer science with celebrity guests. Amazon has invested more than $50 million and donated an additional $20 million to organizations to promote computer science and STEM education. Each year, Amazon awards 100 students four-year $10,000 scholarships in computer science and offers both job and internship opportunities in the field. Students interested in the free Amazon Future Engineer courses can sign up online.