SODDY DAISY (WDEF) – Students at Soddy Daisy High School are training to be the engineers of the future by teaming up with Amazon to learn hands on computer science knowledge. The program also teams up with a company called Edhesive that includes college scholarships, and internships.
Maureen Clark, Web Design Teacher, Soddy Daisy High School, “Amazons future engineering program teamed up with Edhesive. Which is another curriculum company. And what they are doing is, working together and Amazon is doing the financing behind it and Edhesive is providing training for teachers. They are providing the curriculum for the students. They are also providing 24 seven support for the students and the teachers.”
Maureen Clark, “We have AP computer science here at Soddy Daisy High School. And the nice thing is they are getting their feet wet here. They are getting an idea of what computer science is. They are getting some coding background. When they go to the college level, they will be one step ahead of someone just starting out in computer science not knowing anything. This is aim for the student who is interested in computer science, interested and technology. Right now we have a huge deficit for students who can actually go into these computer science classes at the university level.”
Gabriel Armstrong, Senior, Soddy Daisy High School, “If you don’t know what you want to do, being able to get a scholarship through Amazon is a substantial amount of money; to get an education in computer sciences. It’s very helpful.”
Jacob Dichicchio, Senior, Soddy Daisy High School, “With a degree in computer science it’s always something to fall back on. And so I mean it’s such a useful skill even if you don’t go to college for it. Even if you like just taking this class like there are so many employers who will find that useful.”
Karyn Cox, Assistant Principal, Soddy Daisy High School, “Our students are given several support systems by being in the future ready Institute. We have community partners. And some of our community partners work with us to provide special speakers in the classroom. And they provide support and materials. And opportunities such as field trips to like Amazon.”
Maureen Clark, “The students who apply for the scholarship will get a 12 week paid internship at Amazon. And these students are not going to be doing the packaging are they moving it through the conveyor belts. They are they are learning how the technology works. So basically what Amazon is doing is growing their own computer science engineer so they have a base to hire from because that bass is so limited right now.”
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