Pacific Science Center Receives $ 1 Million Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship to Provide Science and Technology Education to Students from Disadvantaged Communities

A two-year initiative to achieve 80,000 thousand-8 students in Title I schools across Puget Sound

SEATL, May 9, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Pacific Science Center (PacSci) and Amazon Future Engineer today announced a new collaboration, encouraged $ 1 million grant from Amazon, to pique the curiosity of tens of thousands of students from underserved and historically underrepresented communities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through free interactive science education programs. The effort builds on each organization’s ongoing initiatives to reach more students from Title I schools – those with 40% or more of the student population classified as low-income – and provides a key next step in PacSci’s final vision: providing each K-8 a student in a state with a supplementary STEM curriculum free of charge.

Holly Duskin, an educator at the Pacific Science Center, leads a virtual field trip for students.

Holly Duskin, an educator at the Pacific Science Center, leads a virtual field trip for students.

The $ 1 million The grant is made possible through Amazon Future Engineer, Amazon’s global philanthropic education initiative, and will extend existing PacSci-subsidized services to K-8 Title l schools, with a special focus on Seattle Metro area in the next two years. PacSci aims to reach 80,000 students with a range of cutting-edge, experiential educational experiences to foster student curiosity, critical thinking and appreciation of scientific fields and careers, says PacSci CEO Will Daugherty.

“PacSci’s virtual and personal programs provide teachers with an easily accessible, complementary STEM curriculum to stimulate curiosity and build lasting enthusiasm among students for STEM learning and careers,” he elaborated. “Our collaboration with Amazon Future Engineer allows us to reach tens of thousands of additional students from resource-lacking communities through interactive workshops, live demonstrations and whole school experiences at no cost to the school or family.”

Amazon Future Engineer’s career research opportunities, including virtual career chats in Class Chats and a virtual space technology fulfillment and tour center, as well as their IT curriculum are additional offerings within the PacSci Education Catalog and will inform the development of new programs to stimulate interest in informatics and build the next generation of innovators.

“Amazon and PacSci share a commitment to helping students from underserved and historically underrepresented communities explore a world of opportunity through STEM,” he said. Victor Reinoso, global director of Amazon ‘s philanthropic education initiatives. “Students can’t research what they’re not exposed to. We’re excited to partner with PacSci to increase access to computer science education for students across Puget Sound. We want students to know how developing IT skills can help them achieve career goals, which whatever they are. “

Every year, PacSci serves tens of thousands of students in Title I schools across the country at discounted prices and free programming. Many schools, including rural and low-income schools, do not have the resources to expand classroom instruction with valuable practical, experiential alternatives. The largest number of schools of title I is located in King, Punctureand Snohomish county, with 397 schools and 139,000 low-income students. More rural counties have the largest share of Title 1 schools, representing 214 schools serving over 56,000 low-income students, according to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Education.

Teachers and school administrators can easily find the right combination of programming to suit their needs at https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/schools. Program options include virtual field trips, science on wheels, curiosity at home, and personal field trips.

PacSci’s mission is to ignite curiosity in every child. Its programs teach young people, especially those from communities that are systematically underrepresented in STEM fields, about science and help students develop critical thinking and research skills that are crucial in the knowledge economy of the 21st century.

About the Pacific Science Center
The Pacific Science Center is an independent, nonprofit institution in Seattle and has been an entrance for access to science education and innovation since the early 60s. The mission of the institution is to ignite curiosity in every child and foster a passion for discovery, experimentation and critical thinking in all of us. Prior to COVID-19, award-winning Pacific Science Center interactive programs reached nearly one million people each year – in their communities across the state Washingtonclassrooms, and at the Seattle Center campus and at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center at Bellevue. During a period of reduced on-site operations due to COVID-19, the Pacific Science Center continued to serve the community through digital and virtual programming. The Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Millions of people came to explore the wonders of science during the World’s Fair, and after closing, the Science Pavilion was given new life as a private nonprofit Pacific Science Center, the first American museum established as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010The Pacific Science Center has been declared a Seattle landmark.

About Amazon Future Engineer
Amazon Future Engineer is a childhood-to-career computer science education program designed to inspire and educate millions of students from historically underrepresented communities around the world, including hundreds of thousands of students in the United States each year. Students explore computer science through a school curriculum and project-based learning, using code to make music, program robots and solve problems. In addition, each year Amazon Future Engineer rewards 250 students with a four-year, $ 40,000 scholarships and paid internships at Amazon, as well as the names of 10 Teacher of the Year winners, awards $ 30,000 reward packages for more than that to inspire IT students and promote diversity and inclusion in the field. The program is currently available in the US, UK, France, Canada, Indiaand Germany. For more information, visit amazonfutureengineer.com.

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