KIPP Legacy Academy To Receive Amazon Future Engineer Grant

At KIPP, we believe that every KIPPster deserves access to high-quality science, technology, and engineering opportunities that prepare them to become active, informed citizens in our technology-driven world. Just in time for National Robotics Week we received news that KIPP Legacy Academy (KLA), the newest KIPP Minnesota school to open in Fall 2019, will receive the Amazon Future Engineer Grant.

In partnership with Amazon and FIRST, KLA is one of 53 KIPP schools which will be awarded up to $20,000 to start a computer science course and launch a FIRST robotics team!

What is FIRST? Every year FIRST brings together over 615,000 students (K–12) from 88 countries to showcase their computer science, engineering, and teamwork skills in a series of research and robotics competitions. However, FIRST isn’t just a robotics competition! It’s a path for students to win scholarships for college, foster relationships with students from around the globe, and build their confidence and interest in STEM. See video. Currently, over 75% of FIRST alumni are in a STEM field as a student or professional.

This funding opportunity comes from Amazon’s newly launched Future Engineer Program which is dedicated to encouraging children and young adults from educationally underserved communities to pursue careers in computer science. Thanks to the generosity of Amazon and the amazing programs of FIRST, KIPP will expand to an estimated 100+ FIRST Teams and computer science classrooms. More KIPP students than ever will have access to the high-quality computer science education and rigorous robotics instruction needed to pursue and persist in STEM fields through college and beyond!

Congratulations and cheers to future tech leaders of tomorrow — our KIPPsters! See Amazon’s announcement here.