Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
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The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures, and strategic partnerships. In fiscal year 2018, 43,333 hours of community service were completed by IMSA students.
• Student Inquiry and Research (SIR) is an integral part of the academic program that enables students to work independently with peers, prominent scholars, and world-renowned scientists to pursue their own compelling questions of interest, conduct research, or invent products. Partner organizations include Ball Horticultural, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Loyola University, the Morton Arboretum, Northwestern University, North Central College, Northwestern Medical, University of Chicago, Benedictine University, and University of Illinois Chicago.
• IN2, the Steve and Jamie Chen Center for Innovation and Inquiry, is the first innovation center in a secondary education setting in the State of Illinois. IN2 continues to expand its programming and innovation efforts by inviting area businesses to programs that bring real-world start-ups and entrepreneurship opportunities into IMSA. Having start-ups on the IMSA campus adds a new facet to IMSA’s learning laboratory for students and faculty as well as opens new resources for area start-ups. IN2 also hosts events and programs for area teens who wish to explore the innovation space. On Monday, October 30, 2017 IN2 was named a Chicago Innovation 2017 Award winner for the People's Choice Award. IN2 Steve and Jamie Chen Center for Innovation and Inquiry opened in 2017 as a model for U.S. education that empowers young people to transform their ideas into reality and solutions to the complex social challenges of our time through entrepreneurship and innovation.
• Melissa Mu ’18 was named a top 300 finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search. Neil Wary ’18 placed third in the nation in the Siemens Competition. In IMSA’s senior class, 23.4 percent of students were named National Merit Finalists.
• In the workforce, over 6,000 IMSA alumni use their scientific minds to creatively solve global issues and advance the human condition. They are doctors leading breakthroughs in neurological disorders and cancer treatments; scientists at national laboratories; leaders in education at Harvard, MIT, the University of Illinois, and other prestigious universities; technology experts at Facebook, Google, BuzzFeed, and Microsoft; business leaders and engineers at the Boeing Company, McDonald’s Corporation, Motorola, the New York Stock Exchange, Nissan, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and Shell Oil; investors in tech start-ups and social ventures; and entrepreneurs and co-founders of Netscape, PayPal, OkCupid, Yelp, and YouTube.
• Members of the Academy’s faculty and staff and its founders are models of professional growth and achievement. They include presidential award winners, published authors, and a Nobel Laureate in physics. In 2017-2018, all faculty members had advanced degrees, with 55 percent holding doctorate degrees.
• IMSA delivers statewide professional development programs to teachers and enrichment programs to students in grades 3-12 at the Aurora campus and throughout Illinois, integrating science, mathematics, and engineering with the use of technology. IMSA has one field office, located in the Metro East region of southwestern Illinois, which offers inquiry-based, hands-on programs to Illinois teachers and students. In fiscal year 2018, 8,716 Illinois student participants were reached through STEM enrichment; 5,450 were participants in IMSA’s Fusion program for grades 4-8. IMSA summer camps and workshops reached 3,266 participants. STEM professional development reached 2,676 Illinois teacher participants who logged 48,869 hours. Of those educators, 630 were trained in Fusion curricula. Furthering IMSA’s educational reach to those in Illinois and beyond, 86,785 lesson plans were accessed digitally from IMSA’s Digital Commons Network by 4,879 institutions from 188 countries.
• In a global capacity, IMSA hosted the International Student Science Fair. With participants from around the globe, IMSA was proud to host over 90 students, educators, and school leaders from over 30 schools from approximately 20 countries. Delegates visited world-class research labs and facilities, science museums, and attractions. Student delegates shared their research, and all delegates enjoyed three days of programming dedicated to discussion and ideation on three of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Zero Hunger, Clean Water and Sanitation, and Affordable and Clean Energy. This provided attendees with the opportunity to collaborate on possible ideas for solutions and to inspire continuation of the discussion in their home countries. Our sharing of the events and activities through social media reached well over 100,000 people internationally, showing IMSA to be a world-leading learning academy at the forefront of international conversations on STEM teaching and learning.