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mTech.Academy Releases 2018/19 Report Card, Outlining Impact of Experiential Learning Initiative

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mTech.Academy 2018/19 Report Card
BELFAST, Northern Ireland - Amzeal -- mTech.Academy today published its 2018/19 Report Card, detailing the significant impact that the initiative has had on students and teachers over the last year. The education startup also announced plans to expand the programme for the 2019/20 academic year.

"We are proud of the work that we have collectively undertaken in mTech.Academy this year and we are truly gratified by the overwhelmingly positive response from students, parents, teachers and industry," said Diane Morrow, Co-Founder, mTech.Academy. "We started out with just 10 schools in mTech.Academy in our first year, but our long-term vision is much more audacious – to bring experiential learning to every student in Northern Ireland."

This year, mTech.Academy partnered with 10 schools across Northern Ireland, engaging with 300 Year 10 students in problem-based learning with a focus on smart cities, while 70 head teachers, middle leaders and careers leaders participated in industry-led continuing professional development (CPD).

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Through the programme, students developed their digital skills, utilising cloud-based collaboration tools, conducting online research and developing presentations, while also building soft skills, such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. Further, mTech.Academy provided CPD to mentor educators on how technology is enabling new career possibilities in a wide range of industry sectors; equip leaders to shape school development plans; and forge stronger industry links for career advocacy.

mTech.Academy has had an indelible impact on students, parents and teachers alike. In addition to detailing the full range of programme activities, the 2018/19 mTech.Academy Report Card features findings from a survey of programme participants. Key findings include:
  • Nearly all (91%) students said that mTech.Academy had given them a better understanding of the future of work and the opportunities that will be open to them.
  • One-third of students said that they changed their GCSE subject or career choice based on their experience in mTech.Academy.
  • 78% indicated that they were considering a career in science, technology, engineering, arts/design, maths (STEAM) or business.
  • 64% noted that participating in mTech.Academy had influenced their thinking on careers.
  • The number of parents encouraging their young person to pursue education and/or a career in STEAM or business increased from 62% prior to mTech.Academy to 100% following the programme.
  • 86% of teachers rated the CPD as "Excellent" or "Very Good".
  • 88% of those surveyed believe that mTech.Academy-style learning should be included in the curriculum in all schools in Northern Ireland.
Download the 2018/19 mTech.Academy Report Card at: mtech.academy/report-card/.

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Building on its success in the first year, mTech.Academy is expanding the programme to reach at least 600 students and 140 teachers at 20 schools across Northern Ireland. The company will announce full details for the 2019/20 academic year, including participating schools, partners and the curriculum for students and educators in the coming months.

Beth Morrissey

Source: mTech.Academy
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