Center for Innovation and Inquiry

Overview

The Steve and Jamie Chen Center for Innovation and Inquiry is a leading center for innovative and entrepreneurial thinking and applied learning for youth and adult development. We turn ideas into impact.

A $1.9M, 6,400 square foot state-of-the-art renovation located at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) campus in Aurora, Illinois, seeded by a generous lead gift of $1M by alumnus Steve Chen ‘96. The Center is a physical space designed to be “an organic, crowd sourced solution to prototype and test new models of educating the next generation of innovators.

The IMSA innovation community is a vibrant network of innovators, designers, and entrepreneurs who are sharing ideas, testing inventions, taking risks, launching businesses and along the way, turning ideas into impact.

Vision

The Steve and Jamie Chen Center for Innovation & Inquiry will be one of the world’s leading centers for inquiry-led innovative and entrepreneurial thinking for youth and adult development.

Mission

The mission of the Center is to empower youth and adults through world leading applied, collaborative, and culturally responsive experiences that inspire innovative and entrepreneurial thinking; and the launch of breakthrough projects into the world.

Values

In pursuing its vision, mission and conducting its daily operations the Center is committed to cultivating a culture of possibility and growth by serving both IMSA and external communities around the state. We value our ever-growing community and business partners, sponsors, mentors and members.

Core Program Areas