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Technology & Innovation Academy to offer classes in March

MANCHESTER — A new school at the SEE Science Center that promises to “revolutionize” how students learn about technology will begin offering classes March 3, according to a news release.

The Technology and Innovation Academy, a private and public venture at the science center in the Manchester Millyard “will offer interactive, education courses centered around the STEAM AHEAD NH initiative, which promotes the understanding and enjoyment of achievements in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics,” according to a news release issued by the Manchester tech company Dyn, a supporter of the school.

The academy will offer 6- to 14-week sessions in the spring. Courses will be offered to 15 students from Beech Street Elementary School and 15 students at the junior and senior level at Manchester High School West.

The courses will be free for students, as materials, instructor time and funding for computer lab upgrades have been donated by sponsors, including Ali Rafieymehr, an educator and engineer who started the school, as well as SilverTech, Dyn and Granite United Way.

“As mayor, it is wonderful to know there are so many educators, business people and community supporters who are invested in our children’s future,” Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas said in a statement. “This is the first step in an exciting journey.”

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