Prince George’s County is teaming up with Amazon to fund elementary computer science at 132 elementary schools, according to an announcement made by the school system on Tuesday.
Amazon Future Engineer, a childhood-to-career program aimed at increasing access to computer science education, is partnering with nonprofit professional development provider BootUp to provide more than 49,000 students from underrepresented communities.
“We are proud to once again partner with Amazon to increase access to STEM education across our district,” said Monica Goldson, the chief executive officer for Prince George’s County Public Schools. “This type of partnership allows us to personalize the educational experience to meet the unique needs of our students. As we continue to shift to online learning, this opportunity will drive innovation and inspire our students to become trailblazers for the future.”
Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks called the program a “much needed and welcomed addition for the students in our county schools.”
The funding of Prince George’s County Public Schools is part of a $50 million dollar push by Amazon to further STEM education. There are already over 40 high schools in the state participating in the company’s Future Engineer program.