FUNshops Archives - Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy


Upcoming Funshops

Funshops are 2-hour, hands-on, fun-filled, STEM activities for students in grades 3-6. They are written by our fabulous IMSA curriculum writing team to capture your child’s natural curiosity and mimic the enterprise of doing real science.

Frightful Fun Funshop! Saturday, October 19, 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon


Grades 3-4
Be prepared to race your fears! Creepy crawly cockroaches will become your test subjects as you experiment with different stimuli to see what really makes your cockroach move. The big finale will be races to see who has created the most enticing racing strategy for their roach!
Grades 5-6
Vampires are not the only creatures who gorge on blood!  You will get to dissect sea lampreys, ghoulish parasites known to fee off the blood of other animals, and along the way discover how their special anatomy makes blood the perfect meal. The you will get to experiment with (fake) blood to learn about real blood’s cool properties!

It may look like ghoulish good fun, but this Funshop will provide your child with a hands on approach to the following science concepts:

Grades 3-4
Animal behavior/ethology
Trial and error and experimentation

Insect anatomy

Grades 5-6
Animal adaptations
Sanguivore anatomy
Blood chemistry/clotting factors



Winter Survival Science

Grades 3-4

Have you ever trudged through deep snow? Do you sink into the snow as you walk or glide across the top? Living in a winter wonderland may be fun but it also comes with its own unique set of challenges… Come help us solve the Mystery of the Sinking Winter Critters and see if you can  engineer for our animal friends a (scientifically) better way to get around in the snow!

Grades 5-6

Ice is always cold … or is it? Create your own “hot” ice using chemistry! Chemical reactions will also help you survive outside in the frigid winter air. Engineer your own hand warmers to keep the frostbite away as the temperature continues to plunge.


Metro East – November 15, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

C. A. Hennings Elementary School, 520 E. US Hwy. 40, Troy, IL 62294


Metro East – December 7, 9:30 am – 12 noon

BelleValley School, 2465 Amann Drive, Belleville, IL  62220

Aurora – December 7, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon

Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy, 1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL 60506


Please check back as registration for December Funshops will open soon!