AIM Academy is excited to announce that our Department of Engineering and Robotics is growing substantially in the 2019 - 2020 School Year and are pleased to post the opening of a Middle & Upper School Advanced Engineering, Robotics, and Coding teaching position.
AIM’s Upper & Middle Schools are innovative and collaborative environments where teachers have smaller than usual caseloads so they can focus on the individual needs of students. Teaching faculty in the Middle & Upper School enjoy a good deal of autonomy in the material they teach as well as very well-developed support structures to employ key research based practices for students with language-based learning differences.
AIM’s Engineering and Robotics team will be comprised of four faculty members who focus on engineering, design, problem solving and robotics in a project based curriculum 1st grade through 12th. This position will be focused on Middle and Upper School students. This position will largely focus on Engineering and Robotics and the production of student based, hands-on projects, that will teach basic design and engineering principles.
The Engineering and Robotics lab is a well-equipped space. The lab has a laser cutter/ engraving machine, multiple 3D printers, a Tormach 770 CNC mill, metal lathe and a large assortment of handheld tools. Complementing the equipment are a bank of design computers that have AutoCAD Inventor, CorelDraw and Fusion 360 installed. The lab is also stocked with LEGO EV3 kits as well as Arduino boards and peripherals.
An ideal candidate will have experience teaching and using this equipment. AIM also participates in 3 competitive robotic programs: FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition. An ideal candidate will have experience with these programs, recruit coaches, oversee and administer these teams as well as supporting other school initiatives as needed.
The department is supported by a team of instructional leaders, speech language pathologists, and very knowledgeable administrators. An ideal candidate will have experience teaching Engineering and Robotics to creative students and will understand how to marry explicit instruction without interfering with the autonomous process that benefits design thinking and creativity. This candidate will be flexible and willing to adapt plans to fit the needs of bright students who learn differently.
Our faculty is comfortable designing and implementing curriculum based upon student interest in a studio-based/individualized approach. Faculty develop interactive lessons and projects to engage students with various learning profiles. AIM’s Institute for Learning & Research will provide a myriad of opportunities for professional development prior to and throughout the first year of this position.
Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Design or Education
PA or Private Academic Certification
Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills
Experience working with middle and high school students
Ability to positively and productively relate to adolescents and teens
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Adaptive learner and self-starter
Strong technology skills
Fundamental use and comfort with Makerspace equipment
Collaborative and open to feedback from a strong instructional support team
About AIM Academy
AIM Academy is an independent co-educational college prep school serving bright students with language-based learning differences in grades 1-12. AIM was founded in 2006 and moved to its current location in Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania in 2012.