We've enjoyed watching literacy research in action this week as AIM Research Advisory Board member Dr. Don Compton of the Florida Center for Reading Research and six other researchers with the Variable Vowel Collaborative have begun work on another research study using AIM students.
Lower School News
AIM Academy's Occupational Therapy/Speech team worked with all 1st and 2nd grade students from October to January to students engage them in activities to improve language skills, self awareness, and regulation of attention and emotion. Strategies from The Zones of Regulation program were presented and practiced. The Zones of Regulation helps students categorize their feelings and levels of alertness by using four "zones."
AIM Academy 4th graders had the opportunity to witness research in action with an assistive technology designed to help people suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) communicate last week as a unique kick off to their Revolutionaries Unit. Thanks to a grade level parent who assists a researcher at Penn State Health's Hershey Medical Center, students spoke live with an ALS researcher via the SmartBoard and watched as a parent volunteer wearing a specialized cap monitoring his brain waves sought to control a keyboard screen with his brain.
Robots will takeover the ACC gymnasium on Saturday, December 10th as AIM Academy hosts 12 area teams for a FIRST Lego League (FLL) Qualifier Competition. AIM's own Wolf Pack, including nine 4th – 6th graders, will be among the competitors during the lively, daylong competition. The FLL teams are competing in this year's Animal Allies themed-challenges which includes three parts: the robot game, the project challenge and core values. Come cheer on the AIM team and get a taste of FLL which includes more than 28,000 teams worldwide. The popular Robot Game portion of the competition begins at 1:30 p.m.
AIM 4th graders got a jump on their future science study of Planets and Moons on Thursday meeting an actual NASA astronaut. Dressed in her NASA blue flight suit, Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor, a member of the 20th NASA astronaut class in 2009, talked to children about how a medical doctor becomes an astronaut and answered lots of questions about life in space.