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Y in Central Maryland students experience a ‘Day at Amazon’

 

Amazon fulfillment officials present a $1,000 to the Y in Central Maryland to help support its charitable mission during the Y’s “Day at Amazon.” (Photo courtesy of the Y in Central Maryland)

Amazon fulfillment officials present a $1,000 to the Y in Central Maryland to help support its charitable mission during the Y’s “Day at Amazon.” (Photo courtesy of the Y in Central Maryland)

A student participates in a demonstration of robotic technology during the Y in Central Maryland’s “Day at Amazon” tour. (Photo courtesy of the Y in Central Maryland)

A student participates in a demonstration of robotic technology during the Y in Central Maryland’s “Day at Amazon” tour. (Photo courtesy of the Y in Central Maryland)

Baltimore-area students wear headphones to see how robotics is used to sort packages during their “Day at Amazon” tour. (Photo courtesy of the Y in Central Maryland)

Baltimore-area students wear headphones to see how robotics is used to sort packages during their “Day at Amazon” tour. (Photo courtesy of the Y in Central Maryland)

Shan Byrne, director of operations for Amazon’s Baltimore fulfillment center, at lectern, calls on a student who has a question during the Y in Central Maryland’s “Day at Amazon” tour. (Photo courtesy of the Y in Central Maryland)

Shan Byrne, director of operations for Amazon’s Baltimore fulfillment center, at lectern, calls on a student who has a question during the Y in Central Maryland’s “Day at Amazon” tour. (Photo courtesy of the Y in Central Maryland)

Ashlee Partlow, a community engagement specialist at Amazon’s Baltimore fulfillment center, leads students on a tour of the Amazon fulfillment center during the Y in Central Maryland’s “Day at Amazon” tour. (Photo courtesy of the Y in Central Maryland)

Ashlee Partlow, a community engagement specialist at Amazon’s Baltimore fulfillment center, leads students on a tour of the Amazon fulfillment center during the Y in Central Maryland’s “Day at Amazon” tour. (Photo courtesy of the Y in Central Maryland)

A student tries out a microphone in a demonstration technology during the Y in Central Maryland’s “Day at Amazon” tour. (Photo courtesy of the Y in Central Maryland)

A student tries out a microphone in a demonstration technology during the Y in Central Maryland’s “Day at Amazon” tour. (Photo courtesy of the Y in Central Maryland)

More than 100 students from four local schools got a first-hand look at robotics in action in a tour of  Amazon’s Baltimore fulfillment center April 13 in the Y in Central Maryland’s celebration of National Robotics Week.

The students from Moravia Elementary, Holabird and Walter P. Carter Middle and Forest Park High schools, which are all Y Community Schools, toured the facility followed by science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities as well as surprise STEM donations to each tour group.

The students who attended the “Day at Amazon” have an interest in robotics and participate in the Y’s after-school enrichment programming, which includes Y STEM, Robotics Club or Next Generation Scholars.

Shan Byrne, director of operations for Amazon’s Baltimore fulfillment center, said students asked thought-provoking questions on the tour and were clearly correlating what they are learning at school to the innovative, real-life operations they observed on the tour.

Following the tours, Amazon donated $1,000 to the Y in support of its charitable mission, along with a donation of $5,000 in STEM educational items, such as Kinex, Codemasters, Sphero robots, 3D printers and other equipment to the individual schools.

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