AIM Academy is excited to announce the opening of a Part Time Upper School Engineering, Robotics, and Coding position starting this winter. AIM’s Upper School is an innovative and collaborative environment where teachers have smaller than usual caseloads so they can focus on the individual needs of students. Teaching faculty in 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.
The right candidate may find this position quickly growing to full time and even permanently as we have two newly posted full time positions as we unveil our plan to dramatically expand this department for the fall.
AIM’s Engineering and Robotics department is currently comprised of two 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 Upper School students and specifically in support of the coding aspects of our impressive FRC Team which has made it to the World Championships twice in four years.
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. 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 participates in 3 competitive robotic programs: FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Our ideal candidate will have experience with teaching the coding that is required for the FRC program specifically and will be able to help oversee and administer this team.
The department is supported by a team of instructional leaders, language pathologists, and very knowledgeable administrators. An ideal candidate 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.
Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Design or Education
PA or Private Academic Certification preferred
Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills
Experience working with 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.