Amazon's Future Engineering Program will enrich KIPP's STEM offerings.

KIPP Columbus, the free, open-enrollment charter school on Columbus’ northeast side, has been named the recipient of up to $20,000 from Amazon’s Future Engineering Program to enrich its STEM offerings. The grant will be used to add a computer science class, nearly tripling enrollment in the subject from 55 to 130, and a FIRST Robotics team. KIPP Columbus serves students in preschool through high school on a 124-acre campus off Agler Road.

The school is one of only 100 in the country to receive the award—of them, 53 are KIPP schools, a network of nonprofit institutions built around a model including longer, more structured school days, high-quality teachers and a college focus. KIPP stands for Knowledge is Power Program.

Amazon’s Future Engineering Program is aimed at encouraging children and young adults from underserved communities to pursue careers in computer science. As part of the grant, students also will visit an Amazon fulfillment center.

With nearly 2,500 students on its waiting list, KIPP Columbus is in the planning process to expand and build more schools.