About the Program
The Amazon Future Engineer Program (AFE) inspires children to explore computer science (CS) and coding. The program is designed for students from underrepresented communities studying in grades 3 to 8. It seeks to motivate them to pursue higher education and careers in computer science. The program also equips teachers with the skills to support students as they aspire for such careers.
Learning Links Foundation reaches out to students and teachers in government-owned schools through a facilitator-driven model. We engage with state and central governments at a strategic level to identify schools for intervention. Our government engagement allows us to operate at scale.
The program intervention includes three stages that students and teachers navigate – 'Explore', 'Learn' and 'Build'. A phased approach is adopted, with the initial focus on engaging with students and teachers through shorter activities to help them 'Explore', gradually progressing to deeper engagement through 'Learn' and 'Build' activities. The program leverages coding solutions developed by AFE global content partners (such as code.org) and those developed in-house by Amazon to help students explore the world of CS.
Under the 'Explore' stage, students undergo one-hour sessions of orientation to the world of CS, coding and CS fundamentals. These include activities such as Hour of Code (using code.org curriculum), class chats with Amazonians to motivate students with their professional journeys, and tours of virtual fulfilment centres to help build a real-life connect with CS.
Under the 'Learn' stage, students go through longer sessions with hands-on learning to facilitate the development of CS projects using block programming. The 'Build' stage engages students in prototype development and offers them a deeper understanding of how organizations leverage CS through internships and boot camps.
Intervention Regions: Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Delhi, Karnataka and Odisha
Outreach Targets (August 2021 – March 2022)
- 800 Schools
- 83500 Students
- 1600 Teachers