Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

igniting and nurturing creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition

Resources for SIR

Facilities: The Grainger Center for Imagination and Inquiry

The Grainger Center, B131 The Grainger Center for Imagination and Inquiry (GCII) at IMSA was made possible through the generous donation of the Grainger Foundation of Lake Forest, IL., established in 1952 by William Wallace Grainger - founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.

The purpose for the Grainger Center for Imagination and Inquiry is to expand IMSA's physical space for "electronic and scientific tinkering" through the Student Inquiry and Research Program.


Using the Grainger Center


Using the UV/Vis Spectrophotometer in GraingerThe Grainger Center, Room B131, is generously equipped for modern scientific investigations. The space is flexible to meet the essential requirements for biological, chemical, electrical, mechanical and information access.

Participants in Student Inquiry and Research are invited to use the GCII for their experimentation needs. All students wishing to use the GCII for SIR investigations must read, sign, and agree to follow the Grainger Center Usage Contract and Safety Rules, and must receive written approval for GCII use from a Grainger supervisor.

Requests for Grainger Center use by other projects (e.g. extended in-class inquiry) will be at the discretion of Grainger staff, and are dependent on proposed use, available space, and adequate progress. We do try to honor all requests for Grainger Center use.

Grainger Center Hours and Director

For questions and further information, please contact the GCII Director.

The Grainger Center Conference area The Grainger Center is typically open during the following hours:

  • Monday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Any I-day: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Other GCII hours are available by appointment. Please ensure that the GCII Director is aware of your usage plans, as occasionally the lab may need to be closed during regular hours.