We all hear a lot about the opportunities in the digital economy, and also the challenges that come with it: the skills gap, the shortfall in computer science graduates, the importance of diversity and inclusion.
In fact, new research from Capital Economics shows the UK needs 21,000 more computer science graduates every year, or the economy faces losing up to £33bn a year by 2030.
We’re excited to tell you about our new partnership with Amazon Future Engineer – a comprehensive childhood-to-career programme to inspire, educate, and enable children and young people from lower-income communities to try computer science.
The UK is the first country outside the US to benefit from Amazon Future Engineer, which is set to reach more than one million children and young people across the UK over the next two years.
Fire Tech is delighted to partner with Amazon on this important programme. The goal is to have 10,000 primary school children, aged 6-11, take part in the robotics workshops. The workshops are completely free and take place at Amazon’s fulfilment centres across nine UK locations, led by Amazon employees.
The robotics workshops, designed by Fire Tech’s Learning Experience team, will expose children to how technology works in the real world. They will spend the day coding their own robots and touring the Amazon Fulfilment Centres to see automation in action. The program has been accredited by the British Science Association and counts towards a CREST Discovery Award. Each class take back a Marty robot (worth £180) to continue their learning at school.
HOW TO APPLY
Teachers can apply for the programme by visiting our website here, https://amazon.firetechcamp.com.