Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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IMSA Summer Programs Ignite Curious Minds Throughout Illinois

As temperatures pushed near 100 degrees in many areas of Illinois this summer, students throughout the state stayed cool while making liquid nitrogen ice cream, exploring killer storms, solving crimes and participating in other mathematics, science and technology activities during Summer@IMSA.

Students in IMSA's Science Explorers, Jr. build suspension bridges during Architecture Day.
Summer@IMSA held three programs this year at Unity Point Elementary School in Carbondale.

While many schools throughout the state closed their doors in June, IMSA geared up to provide a variety of mathematics, science and technology summer programs for students in grades 3-10 from throughout the state. To see photos from Summer @IMSA  programs, click here. The front page headline of the Aurora Beacon-News perhaps stated it best:  “Learning Doesn’t Take Summer Off.”  Read their coverage of the Science@IMSA for Girls residential camp in the story “No Vacation from Education:  IMSA Camp Shows Girls the Possibilities of Science” here and The Daily Herald story “IMSA Camp Gets Girls Involved in Science” here.

In the summer of 2010 alone, IMSA is holding 20 day programs and five residential programs for eager young minds throughout Illinois.  IMSA held three programs in Carbondale this year, which was also covered by The Southern and WSIL-TV  in Carbondale.  To see video highlights, photos and the story “Forget the Mundane—These Kids Spend a Week With the Math and Science Academy,” click on the following links:  

For the story and photos, click here.

For video highlights click here.  

To see the WSIL-TV segment from Carbondale, click here.

“These programs lay the foundation for students to develop scientific and mathematical capacities such as critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, collaboration and effective communication,” said Executive Director of Professional Field Services Michelle Kolar.

Since 1997, IMSA’s statewide programs for youth have provided hands-on, integrative learning explorations in mathematics, science and technology for more than 30,000 students.   New programs in Summer 2010 included Tracking Killer Storms, Extreme Math & Science @IMSA and Let’s Do Launch Residential.  Summer@IMSA programs this year included locations in Aurora, Carbondale, Chicago, Lake County, Rockford and Springfield.  

For a complete list of this year’s summer programs, visit

In addition to Summer@IMSA progams, IMSA also hosted and coordinated the Aurora Leadership Institute for middle school students in Aurora.  To see the Beacon-News story “Camp Gives Kids Lesson in Giving Back,” click here.