Amazon is giving schools a $100 million gift, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in an interview with the New York Times.
The $100m donation, Amazon announced Thursday, is part of Amazon’s $1 billion Amazon Education Initiative, which Bezos called “the largest education investment in history.”
Amazon Education Initiative is the first such program, Bezos said, but it was “the right thing to do.”
Bezos said the initiative will help “many schools in the U.S. and around the world.”
The program will focus on developing technology for Amazon’s Alexa-enabled classroom devices and other educational technology.
The Bezos Foundation will make grants for research, curriculum development and teacher training.
The Amazon Education initiative was announced in May.
The gift is the largest Amazon Education donation to date.
The foundation’s current program has funded research in the areas of math and science education, but Amazon Education has made the largest education investments to date in the fields of robotics, robotics education, virtual and augmented reality, and video games.
Bezos said that $100M will go toward building robots and software to help students develop better skills.
Amazon is not the first company to commit to investing in education.
In 2016, Facebook made a $1.5 billion gift to a high school robotics program.
Google has also announced a $250 million donation to the program.
In 2017, Google and Microsoft announced a partnership to create and launch a new robotics school.