Amazon and Metro Nashville Public Schools announced Sept. 11 a partnership to bring computer science courses and robotics programs to 24 local schools, including six in Southwest Nashville.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and MNPS officials visited Madison Middle School Wednesday to discuss the partnership, which is a part of the Amazon Future Engineer initiative the company launched in 2018 to invest $50 million in computer science and STEM education.
The tech company said it is providing 21 elementary, middle and high schools with robotics programming, which includes robotics clubs, resources for teacher development and $10,000 for each school to expand its computer science offerings. The funds can go towards resources, field trips, technology upgrades and tours of Amazon fulfillment centers, according to the company.
Additionally, Amazon said it plans to fund introductory and AP computer science courses at three high schools, including Overton High School, Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School and Hillsboro High School.
In November, Amazon named Nashville the company’s eastern hub for its retail operations division. The center, which will be located in two towers in the future Nashville Yards development downtown, is expected to create 5,000 tech and management jobs, according to Amazon.
To help fill positions, the company announced Monday it is hosting a job fair in Nashville on Sept. 17.
The schools participating in Amazon Future Engineer within MNPS include:
Robotics Elementary Schools
Robotics Middle Schools
Robotics High Schools
Computer Science High Schools
Schools, teachers, parents and students can visit www.amazonfutureengineer.com to apply or to learn more information about the program.