Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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IMSA Opens Chicago Field Office

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), will host a Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting of its new Chicago Field Office located at James R. Doolittle East School in Chicago on Monday, May 4, 2009 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m at the school to announce its unique partnership with Chicago Public Schools.   The event will include featured speaker Illinois State Senator Donne Trotter and IMSA President Dr. Max McGee, along with other state legislators and prominent Chicago political officials.

Through its new Chicago Field Office, made possible by visionary state support and generous foundation contributors, IMSA joins forces with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to deliver professional development in mathematics and science instruction that focuses on inquiry and discovery; provide after school, weekend and summer mathematics and science programs for students; and address local needs by building and sustaining relationships with the local Chicago community and coordinating mathematics and science programs with local organizations.

IMSA President Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee said the opening of the Chicago Field Office will provide unprecedented opportunities to Chicago students and teachers for mathematics and science instruction.

“The opening of the Chicago Field Office is truly a milestone in the history of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy,” McGee said.  “The Chicago Field Office will enable IMSA to partner with Chicago Public Schools and local community resources to help improve mathematics and science instruction and provide unprecedented opportunities for talented Chicago youth to help them realize their full potential and prepare for highly skilled careers.”

CPS Instructional Officer Katherine Volk said IMSA’s new Chicago Field Office will enhance mathematics and science instruction in Chicago and provide the programming flexibility that will meet the needs of Chicago students.

“We are so pleased that IMSA will have an ongoing presence in Chicago’s Public Schools and will work with educators to help students discover the joys of learning math and science,”  Volk said.

Other program participants will include Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul, Illinois State Representative William Burns and Chicago Alderwoman Toni Preckwinkle.

In addition to a welcome and comments from state and local dignitaries, the event will also feature a live science demonstration by the IMSA Kids Institute® (KI) conducted by IMSA students for students at Doolittle School.  During the States of Matter:  Does it Matter? science demonstration, students at Doolittle will see how solids, liquids and gases can change with temperature and through chemical reactions.  This demo is part of the KI IMSA on Wheels show, presented to thousands of 3rd-5th graders, most recently at three Chicago Public Schools.

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships. (

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