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Robotics and Engineering


Seeds of Experimentation and Problem Solving

AIM prepares students to be skilled problem solvers, to think creatively and to work well as a team. The Robotics and Engineering Program promotes these goals while expanding our students’ concepts of technology, Design Theory, invention and construction.

Lower School Robotics and Engineering Program

Beginning with the youngest grades, students are tasked with building and exploring solutions with engaging devices and tools such as LEGOs, marble tracks and Little Bits circuits. As they mature, students create an ever-growing list of solutions to challenges with LEGO Mindstorms, 3D Design, Circuits, and Computer Science. Based in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) methodology, each day is full of practical applications of these vital 21st Century disciplines.

Engineers solve humanity’s most pressing problems; our Lower School students gain skills and expertise that prepare them to do the same. Every day the Lower School Makerspace is full of experimentation, testing, prototyping, and quite simply, hands-on fun.


Middle and Upper School Robotics and Engineering Program

Students in Middle School learn about engineering and robotics through project-based hands-on activities. They work to solve engineering challenges as well as building robots using LEGO Mindstorm and LEGO EV3 robotics platforms.

Students in grades 9-12 work individually or in small groups to tackle design challenges. The Robotics and Engineering Lab contains equipment and technology (CNC milling machine, laser cutter, 3D printers and other lab equipment) to assist in their projects.

Our Robotics teams compete with other schools on three competitive robotics platforms. These are fully immersive programs where students build and program robots to perform various challenges. Problem solving, creative thinking and perseverance are critical elements of each competition.

  • The FIRST Lego League (FLL) for students in grades 5-6
  • The FIRST Robotics Tech challenge (FTC) for students in grades 7 - 8
  • The FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) for students in grades 9-12

AIM’s FRC Robotics Team 5407 competed in the 2015 World Championships in St. Louis. Our team was awarded the TOP ROOKIE TEAM in their division and placed 17 out of 76 teams overall.

This same team, with only two competitions under its belt, competed alongside 55 other teams at the Mid-Atlantic Robotics District Championships at Lehigh University and again won the Rookie All-Star Award. The team had previously won the coveted Quality Award that Motorola sponsors earlier in the season at the Springside Chestnut Hill Regional.


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