Amazon announce new virtual class tour dates

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Following last year’s hugely successful series of free Virtual Fulfilment Centre tours, Amazon has announced new tour dates aimed to educate students on the opportunities available to them in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers. The tours are part of Amazon Future Engineer, a purpose-led childhood-to-career programme built to inspire, educate and enable children and young adults from lower-income backgrounds to try computer science.

The Virtual Fulfilment Centre Tours, attended by over 20,000 students in 2021, are available to all primary and secondary schools across the UK, and are an engaging way to demonstrate the future world of work. Additionally, the free tours enable teachers to immerse their class in real-world learning without having to leave the classroom with the school trip style Virtual Fulfilment Centre tours from Amazon.

On the tours, students will discover how computer science, state-of-the-art engineering and Amazon’s incredible employees all play a critical part in delivering customer orders every day. The tours provide a snapshot into the inner workings of Amazon Fulfilment Centres and cover key engineering concepts that demonstrate what a career in STEM could look like for them. Students are also exposed to fun facts about how packages get from the delivery room to their doorstep. Each tour lasts 45 minutes and is followed by a live 15-minute Q&A session with an Amazon employee.

So that teachers can continue to embed this learning, they can also download a free resource-based toolkit which can be incorporated into any classroom activity before or after the virtual tour. It enables teachers to engage their students using interactive curriculum-linked slides, worksheets and videos, covering all the key concepts for your class, from learning outcomes to core computer science vocabulary.

Schools can book a Virtual Fulfilment Centre tour for free by visiting: www.amazonfutureengineer.co.uk.

Amazon Future Engineer and the Virtual Fulfilment Centre school tours were established in response to research commissioned by Amazon in 2019 on the growing importance of STEM. The report found that the UK risks losing out on an estimated £33 billion a year due to a potential skill shortage. To meet annual labour demands, the country needs an additional 38,000 workers with computer science-related skills, including 21,000 computer science graduates.

Teacher advocacy

Dennis Stansbury Alexa UK Country Manager, said: “Our Amazon Future Engineer programme has been specially designed to inspire future generations – especially those from all backgrounds – about a truly fulfilling career in STEM. We launched our Virtual Fulfilment Centre tours just 12 months ago to great success. We have now launched a new programme for 2022. New dates are announced mid-month, every month. Schools, please do consider signing up for one of our free tours. Together, we can make a difference.”

The Virtual Fulfilment Centre tours are a great pre-summer break activity that allows teachers to provide students with a real world fun, engaging and relevant learning experience. Sign up today and book a tour for you and your class to get them excited about what a career in STEM looks like. Visit www.amazonfutureengineer.co.uk.

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