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Pharrell Returns With Contest To Propel The Next Generation Of Coders With Amazon And Georgia Tech

Pharrell is back with his latest competition to help teach the next generation of coders. Earlier this year, AfroTech reported that the legendary producer and his education equity nonprofit YELLOW partnered with Amazon and Georgia Institute of Technology for “Your Voice is Power” — an educational coding program for K-12 students. Now, Amazon, Pharrell and Georgia Tech have launched the “Your Voice is Power” 2022 music remix competition, according to an Amazon blog post. Coming in on its second year, the competition is continuing to teach underserved youth about coding and racial equity. “Working with Amazon Future Engineer and Earsketch for ‘Your Voice Is Power’ 2022 helps us to continue to EVEN THE ODDS within education, especially when it comes to racial equity,” said Pharrell. “It’s amazing to see the students completely immerse themselves in the curriculum, and to watch their coding sequences come to life. The cross-collaboration that happens when students share ideas and...

Dec 1, 2021

Hard Work Pays Off: At Age 13, Caleb Anderson Is Officially A Student At Georgia Tech

To be young, Black and gifted! While most kids are preparing to go to middle school at 13-year-old, Caleb Anderson is hitting the books big time at Georgia Tech, where he is a sophomore studying aerospace engineering. AfroTech previously told you Anderson was attending Chattahoochee Technical College (also located in Georgia) and was on track to graduate in two years. However, his parents thought it would be best that he attend the perfect university that would challenge him. Caleb Anderson has been a whiz kid since before he got here, but he gives praises to his parents for fueling his love for learning over the years. “I’ve had a love for learning for a while and I think every child really does have that,” shared Anderson in an exclusive interview with AfroTech. “I think my parents are the ones who really cultivated it and taught me how to use that love for learning and from there [that’s where] I got interested in science, technology, engineering and math.” The Georgia native...

Sep 30, 2021

Pharrell, Amazon, Georgia Tech Award Grants And Scholarships To Winners Of Music Coding Competition

Earlier this year, Pharrell Williams’ nonprofit YELLOW joined forces with Amazon Music and Georgia Institute of Technology to launch a new educational coding and music remix competition. After months of listening to over 1,500 student applicants across the U.S., five winners have been chosen. According to a blog post from Amazon, the “Your Voice is Power” program was created to encourage students to use their voices through music to amplify issues centered around social justice and equity while also learning how to code. The music competition instructed students to create their own remix to Pharrell and Jay-Z’s “Entrepreneur” song using music coding platform EarSketch. As a result of the contest, five grand prize winners from schools in Georgia, Illinois, Florida, Texas, California, and Ontario were awarded either a $5,000 scholarship or grant to start their own business. Five teachers were also awarded a $1,000 cash reward for going above and beyond in teaching the program to their...

Aug 30, 2021

Pharrell Williams Teams Up With Amazon and Georgia Tech For Educational Coding Collaboration

Pharrell Williams and his education equity nonprofit YELLOW have both teamed up with Amazon and Georgia Institute of Technology to announce a new educational collaboration aimed at inspiring young students to learn how to code. “Your Voice is Power” — a newly-generated campaign between Amazon Future Engineer, Amazon Music, and Georgia Tech — is the latest initiative to emphasize the importance of computer science education to students in underserved communities, as well as minority groups that are currently underrepresented in tech. According to a press release, the campaign was created to encourage both middle and high school students to share their voice on equity while learning how to code new music remixes. “This collaboration between YELLOW, Amazon, and Georgia Tech is a celebration of Black creators and change-makers,” said Pharrell in a press statement. “YELLOW at its core believes that education is a pathway to success. Teaching kids future-ready skills like coding,...

Jan 20, 2021