Starting in the 2021-22 school year, The Learning Center Charter School will be participating in the Amazon Future Engineer Program. This program provides resources and support to teachers and students in the field of computer science.
The school is expanding to include high school grades. For the upcoming school year, ninth grade will be added. Tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades will be added in each subsequent school year.
“The engineering program offered in partnership with Amazon will be a valuable tool we offer both our high school and middle school students,” said Ryan Bender, head of school. Bender added that the partnership will allow teachers to introduce students to a variety of technological resources.
“This will allow us to introduce the basics of computer science including Scratch coding language,” said teacher Jessie Adams. Adams is the current sixth – eighth grade science teacher. However, with the addition of ninth grade next school year, she will be the seventh-ninth grade science teacher. Adams added that the curriculum provided through the partnership will also allow students to explore robotics, artificial intelligence, app development and more.
“We are excited that our middle and high school students will develop these skills and have amazing experiences like virtual visits with Amazon engineers, field trips to Amazon facilities, and ongoing opportunities for real-world experiences,” said Adams.