Using educational robots as tools, AIM is exploratory learning prepares students for 2- and 4-year college and careers.
Students learn and apply math concepts through the mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer programming required to build a robot that meets design challenges. While designing their robot, students use CAD and process design software to design and test their robot.
AIM is taught through exploratory learning. AIM engages students because they can see how the math applies as they build robots to meet challenges, designing those robots using CAD and process design software. AIM is real because the math can lead to high-tech jobs.
AIM presents math by means of practical, engaging topics, including:
- Basic hydraulic concepts
- Design of structures
- Surveying applications
- Design processes
- Electrical measurements
- Principles of pneumatic and flow
- Manufacturing processes
- Materials engineering
- Mechanical drives
- Plastics technology
- Process control systems
- Quality assurance
- Robotics and computer programming
- Thermal systems
AIM is specifically designed with the rigor associated with pre-calculus or statistics classes. Exploratory learning is combined with tests that demand mastery of the content.