For a three-hour stretch in July, Amazon’s BFI3 fulfillment center in DuPont, Washington, looked and sounded a bit different from a typical day.
As you would expect, there were thousands of talented and dedicated associates working in tandem with robots to efficiently expedite customer orders—nothing unusual there. But there was also something else, something teeming with youthful curiosity and giddy excitement within the walls of the state-of-the-art distribution facility.
That “something” was a group of young, creative spirits and curious minds well-positioned to become the innovators of the future. That “something” was a group of wide-eyed, eager-to-learn kids.
On that summer day, Amazon welcomed approximately 60 children between the ages of 8 and 12 to Camp Amazon, the company’s first fulfillment center-based camp that gives students a chance to see STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in action and offers them an up-close look at how creative thinking is critical to Amazon Operations.
This event in DuPont, as well as programs like Amazon’s A to Z Experience (a STEM camp that invites students behind the scenes for a day of learning and inventing) and Amazon Future Engineer (a program that aims to expand educational opportunities from kindergarten through college, especially to young girls, underrepresented minorities, and those in underserved and low-income communities), are representative of initiatives, contributions, and programs taking place in communities across the country as part of Amazon’s commitment to STEM and, more broadly, to today’s young people who will become the thought leaders of tomorrow.