Integrated Science @ IMSA

Integrated Science @ IMSA

This uniquely IMSA program, combining two weeks of online learning followed by one week of engaging hands-on learning on campus in Aurora, explores the links between biology, chemistry, and physical science. Taught by IMSA faculty, participants delve into scientific topics including gas laws, osmosis/diffusion, and how water affects climate.
With a solid foundation from two weeks of online courses, students arrive at IMSA for a week of hands-on activities in our state-of-the-art laboratories. Students live in the residence halls, experiencing life at IMSA first hand as a student. At the conclusion of the program, students are presented with a Certificate of Completion.
This program is open to African American/Black, Latino, rural or low income students that have an interest and talent in STEM. Many program participants go on to apply and are accepted to IMSA’s three-year residential high school program.
The residential portion of this program is held at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, 1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora, and runs Monday through Friday, however students arrive on campus the Sunday evening prior at 6 pm.

Students must be entering 9th grade in fall 2017 and have completed a year of pre-algebra.

Science@IMSA: Systems and Signals

Science@IMSA: Systems and Signals

This program will introduce students to the basic concepts of human physiology, with an emphasis on understanding the coordination and integration of major body systems.

Students will also examine the amazing adaptive responses humans and other organisms have evolved in their physiology in response to their drive to survive.

Throughout this program, these concepts will be explored through modeling, experiments, specimen dissections, and collection and analysis of data.

Extreme Math and Science @ IMSA

Extreme Math and Science @ IMSA

Salt and pepper…..peanut butter and jelly….science and math—without math, science just wouldn’t be the same! Math can reveal and relate what scientists discover by helping them find relationships between an experiment’s hypothesis and the data that is collected.

In this program students will learn about evolutionary biology and how to use mathematical modeling to predict how populations will change over time.

Students will be learning about how intra- and inter-species interactions can help or hinder population dynamics and will use the program Vensim to mathematically model these dynamics.

Biomedical Engineering @ IMSA

Biomedical Engineering @ IMSA

Innovate through engineering and physiology! This course will begin with an introduction to the foundations of engineering, including classification and applications.

Students will focus on biomedical engineering, learning about heart physiology and differentiating between the mechanical and electrical parts of the heart as well as cardiac circulation.

They will then use biophysical principles such as Poiseuille’s equation to design their model. The next step will be building a working heart model which can pump “blood” using tubes and assorted pumping methods of their choice.

The week will culminate with the participants presenting their creations at a showcase for parents.

Micro STEM

Micro STEM

Did you know that some of the smallest things in our universe are also some of the most powerful?

From microwaves, to molecules, to circuits and code, this program will take a hands-on approach to exploring the STEM of tiny things.

Students will gain a greater understanding of the small underpinnings of everything around us. What’s behind the flip of a switch? What is life made of?  How can we make sense of the things we can’t see?

This program will harness the power of smartphones and innovative scope lenses to help students answer these questions and more!

Game Day STEM

Game Day STEM

Ever wonder about the math, engineering, and physics principles that are the foundation of sports?

Come to IMSA to examine the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math behind the many of the sports you know and love!

Students will design, build, and race a robotic swimmer, re-engineer an archer’s bow, test cycling tires and gears, and more!

Participants will leave with an understanding of how STEM concepts are harnessed to help athletes maximize their performance.

E^2: Engineering Explorations

E^2: Engineering Explorations

Design, tinker, build, test—then do it again!

Working in teams, participants will engage in hands-on activities as they explore the engineering design process through electrical, chemical, and biomedical engineering!

Students will design, build, and race boats, experiment with the chemical engineering behind solar homes, perform a calculator dissection to understand circuits from the inside out, and tackle the concept of robotic surgery as they make their own Bristlebot!



What’s the truth behind the 5-second rule? Does it really take 7 years for us to digest a piece of gum? Do Energy drinks really contain energy?

This program will use real science, experiments, and data collection and analysis, to get to the bottom of these and other notions that are widely assumed to be true, but may actually be false. Or are they, in fact, true?

The week will culminate with students running an experiment of their own design to test their own myth! Join us we put a wide array of MYTHconceptions to the scientific test.

STEMvironment 2017

STEMvironment 2017

Get your green on as you explore how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is a part of everything around us.

This program will give your student an integrated exposure to the various STEM fields and how they can be applied within an environmental context.

Explorations will include hand-on activities on the chemistry of recycling, solar and water power, and energy transfer.

The week will culminate in an environmental engineering project where students will use these real-world STEM concepts to design, build, and improve their own energy-efficient house.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS STILL OPEN! Click your location below to register!

Aurora (closes 6/30)

Belleville (closes 6/9)

Springfield (closes 6/30)