Summer@IMSA - Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Summer@IMSA

We can’t wait for Summer!

Because we know that summer STEM needs to be fun and engaging, we tap into each child’s natural desire to experiment and explore through hands-on activities that give them the opportunity to ask questions, make discoveries, and test those discoveries in the search for new understanding.  Our inquiry-based programs mirror the enterprise of doing real science.

There is a growing recognition that STEM educational experiences—particularly, when designed to foster creativity, collaboration, and persistence—lead to greater problem-solving skills and better equip young people for the world they will face after they leave formal schooling. With this in mind, Summer@IMSA activities frequently involve team-based, creative and iterative problem solving.

The curriculum for IMSA student enrichment programs are created and developed by IMSA curriculum writers. We keep things fresh every year by offering newly-developed programs along with returning favorites. Long before the first excited campers arrive, our Curriculum Development Team has designed each activity to stimulate young minds and provide them with engaging and challenging experiences.

Summer is prime time for us to extend the Academy’s mission of “igniting and nurturing creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition,” inviting not just IMSA students but young people from around the area and state to experience IMSA STEM. We are so excited to provide your child with new challenges and adventures. Come join us!

Please see the Summer@IMSA Program Information to familiarize yourself with our general summer policies, and to review the overview of our offerings and locations.
Visit the Summer@IMSA blog to view the learning, fun and adventure that took place in 2019!

Summer 2020 STEM Camps

Follow the links below for a list and description of the camps we will be offering in summer of 2020.

Registration is set to open on February 3 at 12 noon!

Summer@IMSA 2020 Will Have New (Temporary) Digs!

Please note, the IMSA campus will be under construction this coming summer, and our camps will not be held on campus. Most Aurora camps will be held at nearby Jewel Middle School, located at 1501 Waterford Rd, North Aurora, IL 60542 .  The Lifecycle of a Startup camp will be held at Batavia Middle School, Raddant Road, Batavia, IL 60510.The location for all camps will be noted in the session information when you register.

Thank you to our partners in Aurora West School District 129 for opening their facilities to our talented faculty and staff and our amazing programs and students!

Due to the campus construction, we are not able to offer residential camps this summer. However, we will be offering two programs for students entering grades 8 and 9 that are usually residential-based: Physiology and BioMedical Engineering and Innovations Through the Ages. Students must bring a lunch to all camps.

Register your child for the grade they will be in in fall of 2020.

Camp Locations

Aurora IL: Jewel Middle School, 1501 Waterford Rd, North Aurora, IL 60542 (Get Directions),with the exception of Lifecycle of a Startup, which will be held at Rotolo Middle School, 1501 S Raddant Rd, Batavia, IL 60510, (Get Directions)
Chicago, IL: Keller Regional Gifted Center, 3020 W. 108th Street, Chicago, IL 60655  (Get Directions)
Springfield, IL: Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Rd, Springfield, IL 62703 (Get Directions)
Normal, IL: Normal Community High School, 3900 E Raab Rd, Normal, IL 61761 (Get Directions)
Metro East: Locations to come

Camps run from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, Monday – Friday. Students must bring a lunch. Weekly tuition is $295. Early bird registration until February 29: $260.

Friend Requests:

IMSA camps typically have more than one section or “class” of students. PLEASE NOTE ONLY ONE MUTUAL FRIEND REQUEST TO BE PLACED IN THE SAME SECTION — THE FIRST ONE WE RECEIVE–WILL BE HONORED. NO EXCEPTIONS. WE WILL NOT HONOR REQUESTS TO PUT GROUPS OF 3 OR MORE STUDENTS TOGETHER. THE FRIEND REQUEST FORM IS IN YOUR ACTIVE ACCOUNT AND MUST BE COMPLETED BY TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM START TO BE HONORED. THIS INFORMATION WILL ALSO BE COMMUNICATED IN THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL YOU WILL RECEIVE RIGHT AFTER YOU REGISTER.

Wait Lists

You will receive a notification ONLY if a spot opens up for your child and you are next on the list. Once you confirm you still want the spot, we will transfer you from the waitlist.

Contact Us

  • For questions on our Entrepreneurship and Maker programs, please contact IN2 at 630.907.5800 or email in2@imsa.edu.
  • For questions on all other programs listed here, please call IMSA Student Enrichment at 630.907.5987 or email studentenrichment@imsa.edu.