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I would like to take the opportunity to introduce The Academy, which is a Saturday School for talented students who have a bias for Applied Science and the Internet of Things (IoT). The Academy provides a teacher-led tuition, which takes students on a journey of Applied Science and IoT via Python and Java computer programming. The learning institute exclusively uses Raspberry Pi Computers for all its teaching purposes.

The Raspberry Pi initiative started in the United Kingdom in 2008 by the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, which saw the creation of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The Foundation created a low cost micro computer called the Raspberry Pi. It is designed as a learning tool and is used for teaching computing skills and experimenting, using sensors and switches.

With Applied Science and Practical Computing at the core of the curriculum, The Academy offers three - academic terms. It starts with basic computing skills and program creation and expands into intermediate level programming skills, using external sensors to create exciting computer experiments. The third part of the course takes the students on a journey to create their own rover robot, which can navigate an obstacle course autonomously, using code the students wrote.

"By 2020, more than seven billion people and businesses and at least 30 billion devices, will be connected to the Internet. With people, businesses and things communicating, transacting and even negotiating with each other, a new world comes into being." - Gartner. The Academy has built its first state - of - the - art Technology Laboratory at the Foremarke Prep School in the United Arab Emirates and all the classes are held at this technology hub.  

Furthermore, let me briefly talk about the philosophy behind The Academy. Child literacy, IoT and Applied Science are at the heart of The Academy’s learning path. There is also a push to promote young aspiring female students in the world of Information Technology. Changing the views of parents and teachers will be important, if we are to prepare young people for the digital future.

The global Digital Skills Gap remains strong amid a significant technological advancements of the 21 st century. We generally fail to understand the opportunities within the digital workplace. For instance, 23% of parents believe digital skills are irrelevant to their children’s future career success. Approximately, 18% of parents think employers do not care about digital skills and 38% of parents admit they do not know enough about the digital economy to help their children make informed career choices.  - O2 & Development Economics,The Future Digital Skills Needs of the UK Economy.

Now, if you have a bias toward Applied Science and Technology and have an open mind to push the boundaries into these two fields, you are welcome to get in touch with The Academy. The courses are open to Year 4 onward students.

 

Kind regards,

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Angela Sutherland

The Academy Founder