Amazon Future Engineer is supporting Turinglab to bring its coding lessons to classrooms and students across the UK for free, removing financial barriers for schools. Turinglab is an online platform that teaches Python, one of the most widely used programming languages globally, in a fun, engaging and accessible way for students, primarily aimed at key stage 3 and 4.
The courses take learners from absolute beginners to understanding core concepts such as sequence, selection, iteration, functions and more.
By providing students across the UK with free access to Turinglab’s fun, and engaging coding courses, we hope they gain the knowledge and confidence to prepare them for the future world of work.
“An understanding of technology is an essential life skill for young people – it helps to develop students’ independence, their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as improving persistence, communication, and creativity,” said Lauren Kisser, Technology Director at Amazon and UK Ambassador for Amazon Future Engineer.
“But we know that not all schools have access to the resources needed to teach technology skills. By providing students across the UK with free access to Turinglab’s fun, and engaging coding courses, we hope they gain the knowledge and confidence to prepare them for the future world of work.”
Learn the fundamentals of Python
Turinglab’s online platform offers Python fundamentals through courses like Farmbot which focuses on sequential programming, challenging students to programme a farming robot to perform tasks like sowing and harvesting crops. Along with more intermediate options like Smart Cities, which teaches branching algorithms and iteration through creating smart city controls which respond to various sensor inputs such as light and wind, and a course where students can even create their own chatbot.
There are also short creative courses available on Turinglab where students can create environmental posters, or the Weaving course that introduces students to the concepts behind the Jacquard loom, using 2D arrays to represent weaving patterns in code in a unique blend of coding and textile art.
I have never seen pupils throughout the whole school so engaged and focussed in Computing lessons across KS3, 4 and 5 as they are when we use Turinglab
Reducing teacher workload
With a gradual approach and gamified elements, Turinglab’s lessons are ideal for students of all abilities. The platform has features like auto-marking, progress tracking and built-in theory to ease lesson preparation and admin tasks for teachers. Its diverse and theme-based content is engaging for all, including special educational needs and lower ability students, encouraging engagement and critical skills development.
About Amazon Future Engineer
Amazon Future Engineer is our comprehensive childhood-to-career programme that offers children and young adults the opportunity to get involved in free STEM-related activities, training, and bursaries. The programme is designed to inspire, educate, and equip people with the tools they need to become the inventors, innovators, and engineers of tomorrow.
Find out more about Turinglab from Amazon Future Engineer.