Amazon’s Virtual Fulfillment Center Tour for Future Engineers can be great a way to ground student learning in real-life STEM applications. Explore the technology of Amazon’s Fulfillment Centers and discover how computer science, state-of-the-art engineering, and incredible employees process customer orders and deliver them to your doorstep. Discover how algorithms, machine learning, and more power the fulfillment process. The tour includes content accessible to Grade 3 and above. See the Teacher Toolkit to learn more.
The tour, and all materials included in the accompanying Teacher Toolkit, are provided at no cost to help students see what’s possible in a career in computer science and technology. On the virtual live tour, you will see what happens behind the scenes after you order an item on Amazon. This includes workforce exposure to learn how people and technology work together to support customer fulfillment through the pick, pack, and ship processes.
Computer science themed tours
The following computer science topics will be introduced and explained in real-life context during the fulfillment center tour: algorithm, cloud computing, sensor, efficiency, database, quality control, machine learning, hardware, and software. See the Teacher Toolkit to learn more.
One-hour learning experience
After the 45-minute fulfillment center tour, a 15-minute live Q&A session lets students interact with Amazon Tour Guides and meet the engineers behind the technology.
Use the Teacher Toolkit to provide a real-life, standards-aligned learning opportunity. The Teacher Toolkit provides educators with slides, worksheets, and extension activities aligned to the CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards. Use these materials to dive deep into computer science learning and to set students up for success before, during, and after the tour. The toolkit also includes a pre-recorded interactive video.
How to Watch
The fulfillment center tour is live, virtual, interactive, and offered twice a day, up to 8 times per week. Select the date and time that works best for you.
Teachers can register a class, or individual students can sign up by themselves. Students will need to put an email in order to receive a link to watch the tour, but they can put anything in for their name to maintain privacy.
Want to watch on your own, independent of a class? Anyone, including homeschoolers, can sign up using the same link as classes if they desire a computer science themed tour.
The Teacher Toolkit also includes a pre-recorded interactive video to share with any students who cannot attend the live tour.
Learn more and register for a tour at this link:
Non-computer science focused tours:
Just want a regular fulfillment center tour without the computer science focus? Go to https://amazonfctours.com/virtualtours to join a non-computer science themed Amazon Virtual Fulfillment Center Tour. This one-hour virtual tour combines 360-degree footage, video, and live broadcasts from multiple Fulfillment Centers to replicate the experience of an in-person tour. It also includes interactive Q&A.
Interested in touring a fulfillment center but don’t have time to join a live-hosted tour? They have a 10-minute video tour that takes you behind the scenes at some fulfillment centers to see what happens when you shop on Amazon. Click here to take the video tour.
If you’ve ever wondered how that product in your online shopping cart gets from Amazon to you, now is your chance to see for yourself!