Question: What are the year to year costs of AIM?
YEAR 1: You purchase the Online Learning System, curriculum and other elements of the classroom kit (the robots). Once you make these purchases, the versions you purchased are yours, and you can use them as long as you like.
YEAR 2: You will have robot hardware that broke or wore out during the prior year. Some hardware will be covered by warranty from the original manufacturer (Innovation First / Vex Robotics). Other hardware, like metal parts, etc., is subject to wear and tear and will need to be replaced. There are selected other items that will need replacement in Year 2, like the spaghetti used in the initial bridge builder activity.
YEAR 3: Is similar to Year 2. There will be items that require replacement.
YEAR 4: We recommend you move to latest versions of the Online Learning System, curriculum and new robots. You are not obligated to do so and can continue to use the components you have and receive “refreshes,” but we are planning for a three-year lifecycle in light of expected wear and expected advances in technology and curriculum.
If there are important curriculum upgrades that Waco ISD feels must be distributed, that will be included in the original price of purchase. Back to top of page
Question: What credential requirements/pre-requisites are there for teachers to teach AIM?
AIM instructors should have Technology Education, Mathematics, and/or Mathematics, Physics and Engineering (MPE) Texas teaching certifications. It is also beneficial for an instructor to have a strong emphasis on the ability to manage a classroom based on lab and group work. The curriculum used is an online interactive format, so a teacher should also have a strong background in maintaining computers and computer labs. Back to top of page
Question: What is AIM Classroom Integration?
AIM Classroom Integration is the installation/setup of the equipment in your classroom. The robots and other elements of the Classroom Kit are delivered to your classroom. They are re-kitted from the original manufacturer (Vex) to Waco ISD’s specifications, prior to delivery, which customizes the packaging to work in the classroom (as needed for daily packing and unpacking, and proper organization as it relates to the curriculum). The software required for the class is installed on your student’s PCs and your PC. A small server is setup in your classroom to deliver the online content to your students’ PCs. This is all accomplished in 2-3 days, by our team, onsite. Back to top of page
Question: What are the pieces to the "Chin-up Bar" , and how do I assemble it?
(Qty of 1) round hardwood dowel
(Qty of 2) wood screws
1) Position the driver control posts across the end of the maze.
2) Assemble the dowel and blocks using the woodscrews into the
first holes of the control posts above the perimeter panel.
Question: Our Micro Controller Status Light is not coming on, does the controller need to be replaced?
The Micro Controller status light can be reset, which will resolve the issue of a non-responsive controller most of the time. If possible, contact Vex Customer Service to assess your support issue at 1-903-453-0802. In order to save you time, here are instructions to complete a Master Reset:
1)Open Easy C 2)Go to the Help section 3)Search “Master Code” 4)Complete a Master Reset 5)When finished, return to Easy C 6)Go to the Help section 7)Search “ Default Firmware” 8)Complete a Master Reset
We are available to assist you at anytime you have customer support issues at 210.399.1314 or firstname.lastname@example.org