AWS launches game-based courses to teach cloud skills

AWS aims to provide free training to 29 million people worldwide.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced two new free training initiatives to provide hands-on cloud computing skills training in a fun and engaging way. The first initiative is a new game-based role-playing experience, called AWS Cloud Quest: Cloud Practitioner, ideal for early-career or new-to-cloud adult learners. 

AWS also launched a new, improved version of AWS Educate, consisting of added interactive content and removal of the .edu email address requirement, improving the program’s accessibility. Individuals as young as 13 years old can access AWS Educate and make use of hundreds of hours of free, self-paced training, resources, and labs specifically designed for new-to-the-cloud learners.

AWS Cloud Quest: Cloud Practitioner’ a cloud learning game: An all-new 3D role-playing game, designed by AWS Training and Certification, to help adult learners gain practical AWS experience. To win, learners must complete quests that simultaneously build cloud skills and help citizens build a better city. Gameplay includes videos, quizzes, and hands-on exercises based on real-world business scenarios. AWS Cloud Quest is available globally in English for personal computers through AWS Skill Builder.

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AWS Educate: a new approach to learning: A reimagined AWS Educate global program that includes new courses and hands-on labs, making it easier than ever for individuals as young as 13 years old to register. This program is curated for self-motivated, pre-professional learners who are not yet working in the cloud, such as students and job-training participants.

The program offers hundreds of hours of free, self-paced training and resources—including more than 50 courses and 10 hands-on labs in the AWS Management Console—so learners can practice their skills. New features include:

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Four new courses: Cloud Computing 101, AWS DeepRacer Primer, Machine Learning Foundation, and Builder Labs

Ten new labs to help learners put theory into practice

Redesigned website guides learners to training content based on their knowledge, goals, interests, and age

New online Explore section features supplementary content, such as new courses, Twitch videos, blogs, and technical papers.

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