Baltimore Students Take Part In Amazon’s First-Ever Future Engineer Robotics Camp

ByDemetrius Dillard
Amazon leaders and associates from the Baltimore area take the new robotics team from KIPP Ujima Village Academy on special tour of the robotics facility

A special group of Baltimore students had the privilege of missing a portion of their school day for another intriguing learning experience.

On January 24, 2020, Amazon hosted KIPP Ujima Village Academy’s first-ever middle school robotics team for a ‘Future Engineer Robotics Camp,’ including a tour of the Baltimore robotics fulfillment center facility, which was followed by a thought-provoking robotics activity and the opportunity to meet with Amazon leadership.

KIPP Ujima Village Academy, a public charter middle school in the Walbrook Junction section of the Baltimore, just formed its robotics program as a result of a $10,000 computer science grant from Amazon in April 2019. High Point High School (Beltsville) was the other public school in Maryland that was a recipient of the grant last year.

The behind-the-scenes tour consisted of Ujima students and staff seeing the life cycle of Amazon products and seeing live robots in action in the Amazon Baltimore fulfillment center. Hailey Davis, the assistant general manager of the robotics fulfillment center, led the tour.

“We want to continue to engage our community, we want to continue to engage our future STEM associates in these programs so these can be our innovators for the future,” Davis said. “In the long run we want to make sure that children in our community have the opportunity to experience something like [this]. This is a new program that Amazon is very dedicated to, to create our future leaders.”

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