When students want to take SCIENCE or INVENTING to the next level, they need AIM Student.

Advanced Innovation Methodology for Students

There are always those students who can work independently, are hungry for a challenge and love science or inventing. By connecting these students to AIM Student, the teacher can facilitate their success without adding to their instruction workload.

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AIM Student is self-directed, online instruction that remotely guides students through the research/innovation process.

  • Students follow step-by-step instructions that guides them to complete research or an invention in a topic of their choosing.
  • Critical thinking skills, problem solving and persistence is practiced.
  • Includes an innovation journal that teaches collaboration, documents the invention process, and provides a structure that builds a pitch deck for those with an entrepreneurial focus.
  • Career Connections help introduce students to potential careers.
  • 5 E Inquiry Model (Gold Standard in Science Instruction)

70+ Lessons Incorporate Active Learning

  • Lessons directly tie to students’ personal research and innovation projects, increasing relevance to student
  • Each lesson allows them to take control of their own learning
  • Interdisciplinary approach incorporates multiple subjects into student-specific project-based learning
  • Checkmarks visually indicate completion

AIM Student Overview

Module 1: Introduction to Innovation

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Working within a Team
  • Characteristics of Innovators
  • Design Thinking

Module 2: Exploring Ideas for Your Innovation Project

  • Why do Independent Exploration?
  • Incentives, Motivations, and Market: Exploring Audiences and Relevant Competitions
  • Science Changes the World
  • Audiences
  • Labs, Workshops and the World of Work
  • Innovation Methodologies

Module 3: Getting Clear on Your Direction

  • Professional Documentation
  • Refining your Questions and Understanding the Problem
  • Finding Research Questions or Problems around School
  • Finding Research Questions or Problems in the Natural World
  • Finding Research Questions or Problems Everywhere
  • Create Your Question or Problem
  • Mentorships and Professional Networks

Module 4: Gathering Relevant Background Information

  • What is relevant background information?
  • What does it mean to review relevant background information?
  • Sources of background information
  • Troubleshooting background information reviews
  • Conducting your background information review
  • Create a hypothesis or specify design requirements

Module 5: Ethics and Integrity

  • Intro to Ethics
  • Ethical Issues with Living Beings
  • Ethical Issues with Handling Information
  • Governing Bodies of Ethics
  • Ethical Scenarios

Module 6: Designing and Planning Experiments and Tests

  • Track Specific Requirements
  • Track Specific Process and Planning
  • Track Specific Testing
  • Designing Track Specific Testing
  • Design and Implementation
  • Student Presentations

Module 7: Study Designs

  • Research Methods
  • Observations and Surveys
  • Surveys and Focus Groups
  • Observations: Survey and Focus Group Designs
  • Correlations and Causations
  • Correlations Study Designs
  • Quasi-Experimental and Experimental Study Designs
  • Developing a Quasi-Experimental or Experimental Study Design

Module 8: Conducting Experiments and Tests

  • Bias and Sampling
  • Designing Your Data Collection
  • Safety
  • Discipline Specific Methods
  • Refining Your Process
  • Execute Your Project

Module 9: Tools for Analysis

  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Applying Real World Data
  • Analyze Data Using Tools of the Profession, Part 1 and Part 2

Module 10: Data Analysis and Statistics

  • Introduction to Analysis and Hypothesis Testing
  • Strength of Agreement or Disagreement
  • Comparing Mean Values
  • Comparing Proportions
  • Applying Appropriate Analysis
  • Why Good Data is Important

Module 11: Making Sense of Information and Next Steps

  • Data Visualization
  • Data Organization
  • Data Interpretation
  • Developing a Conclusion and Discussion Your Conclusion and Discussion

Module 12: Written Communication

  • Introduction to Written Communication
  • Laying out the Context
  • Background Information Review, Materials, Methods Results, Discussion, and Conclusion
  • References and Formatting
  • Abstracts and Executive Summaries

Module 13: Oral Communication

  • Creating Your Presentation or Demonstration
  • Creating Your Speech
  • Using Props and Visual Aids
  • Speaking Techniques
  • Practicing Your Speech

Module 14: Reflection