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AIM Academy has received the Governor’s Civic Engagement Gold Award for having more than 85% of eligible students registered to vote. Jaxon G. ‘21, an AIM Global Scholar, led an AIM voter drive among his peers during AIM's school closure when he and his classmates were participating in remote learning.

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Bella Anzideo NICA Award Winner

In May the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) announced its 2019 National Awards honoring both Mountain Bike Coach Anne Rock and fearless rider Bella Anzideo '22.  Coach Rock, who started AIM's Mountain Biking Program and runs the Middle School Outride program, is the recipient of the Quality Bicycle Products Community Impact Award. Anzideo is the recipient of the GU Energy Extraordinary Courage Award recognizing student-athletes who have persevered through challenging circumstances and overcome adversity to develop and excel as a model student-athlete.

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3D Printers in Action

While there are no students working in the engineering lab and maker spaces at AIM Academy, STEAM instructors are making sure useful machines are not idle. For the past week AIM’s 3D printers have been running non-stop in the home of Middle School STEAM instructor Kathy Brandon printing face shield bands and door handle holders for health care professionals at CHOP and Lifecycle WomenCare in Bryn Mawr.

AIM Lower School parent Justin Head of Lower Merion suggested the project to AIM after learning about 3D printing to support health care workers in the COVID-19 crisis through MatterHackers, a resource hub for 3D printing. Head, who recently donated a 3D printer to AIM, knew where he might get printing assistance.

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The AIM Institute and Teach For America have launched an innovative literacy pilot for Philadelphia principals and educators. The partnership uses the AIM Pathways online teacher training platform to provide local educators at five Philadelphia schools with research-based best practices to improve literacy instruction using the IDA-accredited Pathways to Proficient Reading course.

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8th Graders Deliver Adaptive Games

Over the past several years, AIM 7th and 8th graders have visited the Widener Memorial School to better understand the challenges and successes associated with students who have various physical and medical disabilities. It is during this visit that students make personal connections through visiting classes and playing in a competitive game of wheelchair basketball; which happens to be a great source of pride for the Widener Students and Staff. 

This year, 8th graders in Mrs. Kathy Brandon's STEM elective interviewed peer buddies at Widener and gained a better understanding of how they could invent, create, prototype and construct a specialized game that would allow their buddies to start their Holiday Season with a new toy of their own

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