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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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Upper Darby Pathways Check Presentation

Upper Darby, PA - The Upper Darby School District has been gifted $10,000 from Wells Fargo to support the work the District is doing with the AIM Institute for Learning & Research’s AIM Pathways program. This gift, directly awarded to AIM and earmarked for the professional development opportunities in the District, will help fund the AIM Pathways to Proficient Reading course and accompanying coaching sessions for a cohort of early literacy teachers and leaders at the Kindergarten Center.

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The AIM Institute for Learning & Research is pleased to announce an agreement with Arcadia University’s School of Education to offer three graduate credits to educators completing the AIM Pathways IDA-accredited Pathways to Proficient Reading course. The course offers comprehensive tools and support to teachers learning about the research-based methods needed to successfully teach children to read.

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AIM's partnership with the Haskins Global Literacy Hub was the first education partnership for the organization of neuroscience researchers. AIM established its IGNITE Center EEG lab in its lab school in early 2019 and began working with Haskins Laboratories researchers on an in-school study examining Predicting Literacy Outcomes in Schools. Haskins researchers will share early results of the study at the IDA Conference in Portland.

In late October, the International Dyslexia Association's Examiner published an article written by Haskins Laboratories researchers and AIM educators describing the potential of research partnerships in greater detail. Read more here.

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