One to One Computing - Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

One to One Computing

The IMSA student is a unique computer user. IMSA students place a high demand on their computing device, most use their computer more than a professional working adult. This demonstrates the need for a high quality, well-built laptop for an IMSA student. All students entering IMSA must have a computing device that meets specific minimum specifications, which are listed below. It will be the student’s and their families responsibility to maintain this computer. Loaner computers are available for students/families with financial difficulties, see the Scholarship Loaner Program information below.

Note: Historically IMSA has provided access to a high quality, lower cost computer package deal. Demand for this has been declining steadily over the past few years so we have discontinued this program. However our provider may still be able to offer similar savings and can be contacted at Connections (formerly PC Connection/Gov Connection).

Questions concerning the One to One Computing Initiative technical support programs can be directed to:

Ralph Flickinger, ITS Special Projects Manager
Contact: (preferred) or 630-907-5198

Minimum Specifications

Class of 2022 Required Laptop Computer Specifications (PDF File) – DETAILS, Recommended Read

The Computer Science classes use all public domain software that is written for PCs, then converted to Mac OS. This puts students with Mac OS computers at a disadvantage for software reliability and functionality. For their time at IMSA, we highly recommend you buy your student a Windows laptop.

  • Operating System: Windows 10 (Macintosh OS is not recommended)
  • Intel i5 CPU or equivalent AMD processor
  • Minimum of 8GB of main memory
  • Minimum of 128GB SSD (Hard Drive) Drive
  • Optical Drive (CD/DVD) – Optional
  • Wired (LAN) Ethernet Connection – Optional, but recommended
  • Intel Wireless Network (Intel 7260AN) or equivalent, NOTE: Intel wireless cards work the best in the IMSA buildings, other brands have had issues
  • WebCam – Optional
  • Multiple USB (1.1, 2.0, 3.0) Ports, used for connecting various scientific or video equipment
  • Bluetooth (4.0), used for connecting various scientific equipment like robots

Microsoft Office 2016/365 Requirement

All families need to obtain and install a copy of Microsoft Office 2016/365 (Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, Word) 

Special Pricing

Recommend purchase by no later than July 5, 2019

One of IMSA’s vendors has offered to provide IMSA families and staff computers from multiple manufactures that meet the minimum recommended specifications listed above. 

  • Purchasing Web Site: Connections (formerly PC Connection/Gov Connection)
    • You will need to create an account on the system before ordering
    • Since these are custom built laptops, the ordering system will show them as “out of stock”. They are not built until orders are placed.

Additional Software Installs

IMSA students will need additional software installed on their computers depending on the courses they have selected. Below is a list of the software that may be required. Some of this software is free (open source) and other software is provided as a part of IMSA’s site license agreements. When the student registers their computer on our network during move-in week they will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to install this software. Some of this software is available via the Internet and can be installed beforehand.

Software Name
Installation Information
Adobe Reader Recommended
Audacity with LAME Module Recommended
BlueJ Computer Science
Eclipse Computer Science
PDF Creator Recommended
Peanut On Campus Only Math
Python Computer Science
Wolfram Mathematica On Campus Only Math/Science
WAMP Server Computer Science

Scholarship Loaner Program

  • If you wish to request a Scholarship Loaner Computer please contact the Information Technology Services (ITS) at or 630-907-5198.
    • Include in your e-mail:
      • Student’s Full Name
      • Class Year (2020, 2021, 2022, etc…)
      • Parent/Guardian’s Full Name
  • The ITS will inform you of the process for requesting and receiving the scholarship award
  • Student’s must reapply each year for a scholarship loaner