Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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IMSA Hosts French Students for Third Annual Exchange


For the third time, IMSA hosted students from its sister school in Décines, France, near Lyon, building on the Academy’s academic, linguistic and cultural French-American student exchange. IMSA Faculty Fiona Spence and Brenda Crosby worked with physics and chemistry teacher Philippe Jeanjacquot from le Lycée Charlie Chaplin to organize the experience for his 11 students and their IMSA hosts. The French students stayed on campus and had two weekend home stays from October 5-19, 2015. In the spirit of exchange, six of the IMSA students who had traveled to France in the spring of 2015 with Fiona Spence and Brenda Crosby returned the favor by hosting them this fall.

While on campus, the French students attended classes, visited Fermi Lab with IMSA students, partook in residence hall activities and attended sporting events.  They also gave presentations to the IMSA community about their school, the city of Lyon and the life and culture of their region in France.