Amazon introduces AFE programme for 100 KREIS schools

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Amazon has announced the expansion of Amazon Future Engineer (AFE) programme to enhance artificial intelligence and advanced coding modules in 100 Karnataka Residential Educational Institutions Society (KREIS) Schools. The expansion aims to influence over 13,000 students of grades 6 to 8 across 30 districts of Karnataka.

Also, Amazon will work to enhance digital infrastructure for 30 KREIS schools. The coding, logical sequencing, learning loops, and block programming classes that KREIS schools currently offer as part of the Amazon Future Engineer Program will be enhanced by this program. The 20-hour module is made with the students’ current level of exposure to coding and computer science in mind. While seventh and eighth graders will be introduced to advanced programming and the fundamentals of artificial intelligence, class six students will learn the principles of block programming.

Using sophisticated programming concepts such as variables, control conditions, and functions, students will be able to create intricate computer applications with the extended module, building on the success of the previous intervention that encouraged students to investigate the potential of computer science. Students will also be introduced to the fundamentals of AI through project-based learning, gaining a deeper comprehension of its significance, potential applications, and influence on both their own lives and the world at large.

Shri Manivannan P, Principal Secretary to the Government, Social Welfare Department, Government of Karnataka said, “The Amazon Future Engineer program’s integration of advanced coding and AI modules aligns seamlessly with our vision to empower our students with the proficiency required to navigate the increasingly tech-centric world.”

David Zapolsky, Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy and General Counsel, Amazon expressed his thoughts and said, “Amazon is expanding its Future Engineer program in partnership with KREIS to include advanced coding and AI modules in 100 schools, further solidifying our commitment to provide equitable access to quality computer science education. We are excited to nurture the talents of students, regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds, and prepare them for the future. This project-based learning module will empower students with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in a tech-driven world. Recognizing education’s transformative power, Amazon is committed to democratising access to high-quality computer science education.”

This initiative is carried out in partnership with the Learning Links Foundation (LLF), which will provide students with in-person introductory coding sessions and grade-appropriate coding boot camps. This will enable computer science to be accessed by schools, many of which are located in remote areas. Additionally, LLF will collaborate with educators to offer resources and professional development support to teachers in order to enable long-term, successful computer science learning. In addition to these initiatives, Class Chat Sessions will be led by Amazon employees, who will advise students on various career options in the tech sector and offer guidance on how to reach their objectives.

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