Amazon kicks off new STEM program at Kannapolis Middle School with $10,000 donation

Amazon kicks off new STEM program at Kannapolis Middle School with $10,000 donation
Shannon Todd, general manager of Amazon’s Kannapolis fulfillment center, joins local Amazon associates at Kannapolis Middle School on Thursday to donate $10,000 worth of STEM resources. (Source: Troy Hull)

KANNAPOLIS, NC (WBTV) - On Thursday, Amazon donated $10,000 in STEM resources and materials to Kannapolis Middle School. The donation includes items like laptops, a 3D printer, drones, and other resources to inspire students who want to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). These resources will help jumpstart the school’s new STEM and robotics program for the 2019-2020 school year.

“This is a life-changing opportunity for our kids because it means education and career opportunities that weren’t available until now,” said Kannapolis City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Chip Buckwell. “Access is the most important thing. Now that they have access to these resources, they can fulfill their dreams and their families’ dreams of a great life, great careers, great companies, and great pay.”

Following the announcement of the surprise donation, students participated in a hands-on STEM exercise along with associates from Amazon’s Kannapolis fulfillment center. Together, they assembled and navigated an mBot (an education robot for beginners) through a special maze course. Amazon’s donation will allow these students and thousands of others to continue practicing with these robots and expand their STEM knowledge, inspiring the next generation of innovators.

“At Amazon, technology and innovation fuel our business, and we recognize that the jobs of tomorrow require a stronger aptitude for STEM skills,” said Shannon Todd, general manager of Amazon’s Kannapolis fulfillment center. “With today’s event, we hope to provide the young people of Kannapolis the tools and connections they need to build, imagine, and innovate in the STEM field.”

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