Schuylerville High School is now part of the Amazon Future Engineer program. On Thursday, Feb. 21, Principal James Ducharme received confirmation that the school was accepted into the national program, which aims to make computer science accessible to all students. As part of the program, Schuylerville will receive funding to help advance its computer science course offerings.
“As the workforce is changing, we want to ensure our students are not only prepared, but feel confident pursuing careers in STEM and computer sciences,” Ducharme said. “We are thrilled to be part of the Amazon Future Engineer program and to be able to provide even more opportunities for our students.”
Funding from Amazon will provide not only lessons and tutorials in computer science, but professional development for teachers and live online support every day for students and teachers. All students participating in the program will receive a free membership to Amazon Web Services Educate, granting them access to computing power in the AWS Cloud for their coding projects and content to learn about cloud computing. Schuylerville plans to use the funding to realign and enhance its Intro to Computer Science class. It is also currently exploring the possibility of offering an Advanced Placement Computer Science course. The school is one of more than 1,000 high schools across the country currently signed up for Amazon Future Engineer.