IMSA recently launched the Beta version of CoolHub.IMSA, a global online collaborative innovation network to fast forward the development of creative projects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The invitation is now open for prospective members who can learn more and request membership by visiting http://coolhub.imsa.edu/.
“The purpose of CoolHub.IMSA is to re-imagine the way STEM subjects are taught and learned,” said Innovation and Entrepreneurship Director Jim Gerry. “It is not about traditional educational models, structures and roles but rather the projects that members create and join,” he said.
More than 400 early adopters have already joined CoolHub.IMSA and are collaborating on a variety of projects worldwide including game design for information fluency, developing robots for team competition, wetland improvement and continuous flow biodiesel production.
Thanks to the generous support of the State of Illinois, Abbott Fund, Tellabs Foundation and others, members of CoolHub.IMSA are able to access a wide range of tools and services free of charge. Benefits of membership include connections to innovators, experts, researchers, developers and peers; space to create one-of-a-kind projects; opportunities to join and collaborate on projects; centralized access to tools such as videoconferencing, wikis, blogs and forums and the ability to create personal web pages and learning networks.
“There’s virtually no limit to the types of projects that can thrive here,” Gerry said. “Whether your interest is recycling, entrepreneurship, alternative energy or any other STEM-related topic, CoolHub.IMSA provides a platform for developing a network of collaborators empowered by online creativity, communication and project-management tools,” he said.
Innovators can use CoolHub.IMSA for projects linking classrooms around the globe, university research, problem-based learning proposed by businesses, home schooling and more.
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. (www.imsa.edu)
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