STEM to STEAM Education at AIM Academy

Schools September 11, 2013 0 Comments

AIM Academy’s Rob Ervin with a student.

AIM Academy, a grade 1-12 college preparatory school and center of professional development in the area of learning differences, is a champion of STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. Adding Art to STEM results in STEAM: STEM + Art = STEAM and AIM is very excited about the inclusion of STEAM education to its curriculum.

STEAM is a movement championed by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and part of the daily life at AIM. From Legos to underwater robots to building, programming and competing with their own remote control creations, AIM’s innovative Robotics Program is a model of AIM’s STEAM curriculum—exploring science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Part of AIM’s mission is to prepare students to be skilled problem solvers, to think creatively and work well as a team. Robotics is an ideal program to promote these goals and to help students expand their concepts of technology, invention, construction and collaboration. AIM’s Robotics instructors, including Rob Ervin, incorporate the Lego Mindstorms program into the middle school science curriculum. The 9th grade science students participate in a SeaPerch, an underwater robotics challenge, funded by the Office of Naval Research. This program teaches students to build their own remotely operated underwater vehicle, while learning about electrical circuitry and motors, researching deep sea research vehicles and solving underwater tasks related to real world scenarios. The VEX Robotics Design System provides an exciting platform for students in grades 10-12. This is a fully immersive program where students build each of their robots from scratch, learn to program and drive their robots using a remote control and test them during in-school robot matches. Students will also be attending local and regional completions.

AIM Academy, 1200 River Road, Conshohocken, a grade 1-12 college preparatory school, provides extraordinary educational opportunities to children with language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia, utilizing research-based intervention strategies and an arts-based learning environment that is college preparatory in scope and sequence. In addition, the AIM Institute for Learning and Research is an international, multidisciplinary service delivery model designed to bring the latest research and educational training opportunities to parents, teachers and therapists, who work with children who learn differently. To learn more about AIM visit aimpa.org.

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