More than 30 local kids recently spent the day at Amazon’s DuPont fulfillment center, participating in a free robotics and STEM immersion experience presented by the Seattle-based e-commerce giant.
The campers, between the ages of 8 and 12, spent the day touring the distribution facility and participating in hands-on learning activities. The activities were designed to engage the kids in a different aspect of the technology throughout the facility, from robotics to package distribution to logistics.
The kids were mentored by students from South Sound-based SOTAbots and Olympia Robotics Federation, along with Amazon fulfillment center staff.
Encouraging STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) has been a focus for Amazon this summer. In June, the firm announced a summer camp to inspire kids to pursue STEM careers.
“Careers in STEM are in such high demand right now, and giving students a look behind the scenes at the inner workings of one of the most innovative companies in the world will be invaluable,” explained Caroline King, CEO of Washington STEM. “This is exactly the kind of program that can help inspire the next generation of inventors and scientists, and we are excited to partner with Amazon to make this a fun, educational experience for students growing up in Seattle and South King County.”