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Press Start Academy
We build immersive, game-based, facilitated learning adventures founded on 21st-century skills, and train teachers on how to do the same for their students.
What We Do
For the past 3 years, we have built award-winning, innovative, immersive game-based learning experiences for over 40 schools and institutions.
As learning designers, we believe that games are the best way to learn, and we use them as a tool for immersive learning through play. Our approach is scalable across age ranges and skill focuses, and our learning experiences are founded on a standardized 21st-century skills framework.
We prioritize creating interactive learning experiences in the analogue world, which removes a reliance on technology and platforms. Our focus is on maximizing intentionality and minimizing tech, so that we can keep equity at the forefront of our work and provide the highest-quality education through a process-oriented approach.
to Learning Experience Design
Narrative, game and instructional design
Inquiry-, project-based and student-centered learning
How can I design to maximize student agency?
Low-/no-code solutions, generative AI as partners
Proprietary tech, SaaS tools edtech platforms
How can i realize my vision for teaching and learning?
Educators as facilitators and coaches
Teachers as storytellers, narrators and Game Masters
How can I fulfill the potential of my classroom experience?
Our Design Considerations
In design: Learning first; in delivery: Fun first.
We base our game- and narrative-driven learning experiences on real-world issues set in both realistic and fantastical settings we construct.
We scaffold knowledge and skills at different application levels through a structure akin to a game progression and leveling system.
We create safe spaces for students to experience adversity and develop resilience through engaging with unpredictable outcomes and creating strategies.
Our live sessions foster player interaction and encourages student communication and collaboration, extending outside the classroom.
We tap into our students’ innate keenness for competition and encourage them to creatively apply skills and knowledge in their pursuit of victory.
We design all our curriculum around clear learning objectives, development criteria and deliverables, and empower students to achieve them.
Highly impressed with PSA and your growing team for developing many wonderful opportunities and resources for students, teachers and the greater community.
Co-Executive Director, Teach For Hong Kong
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Hong Kong School Partners
Canadian International School of Hong Kong
Victoria Shanghai Academy
Stamford American School Hong Kong
The Harbour School
DSC International School
La Salle College
Ying Wa Girls' School
St. Anthony’s School
American International School
University of Hong Kong
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Polytechnic University Of Hong Kong
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Overseas School Partners
Vanke Meisha Academy (Shenzhen, PRC)
The International School of Beijing (Beijing, PRC)