Published on December 14th, 2018 | by Darren Paltrowitz0
Allison Flicker & Jennifer Tulipano On The Amazon Future Engineer Program, Amazon & More
Somewhere between story time and scissor practice, young students throughout the country are learning about another skill: computer programming. An estimated 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs are expected to be on the market by 2020, with a mere 400,000 STEM graduates holding the applicable degree in order to pursue a career within the computer science field.
This month alone, hundreds of thousands of students will participate in this year’s Hour Of Code: Dance Party, a Code.org program that encourages creativity among students made possible by a partnership with a new Amazon program called Amazon Future Engineer. Amazon is thinking big and long-term, helping close the opportunity gap within younger generations and supporting the creation of a more diverse talent pipeline for the future through their new program, Amazon Future Engineer.
From coding camps and online tutorials, to funding Introductory and Advanced Placement Computer Science courses in low-income schools, to providing college scholarships and Amazon internships, AFE is excited to give students of all ages the opportunity to get ahead in this rapidly-growing field. AFE is particularly focused on students from underprivileged and under-represented communities, ultimately aiming to reach one million female students through the program’s efforts.
I had the pleasure of doing Q&A with Allison Flicker (STEM Ambassador at Amazon) and Ms. Jennifer Tulipano (Computer Science Teacher at Monsignor Scanlon High School in Bronx, New York), and video highlights from that interview are embedded from my channel on YouTube.
More on AFE can be found online at www.amazonfutureengineer.com.