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!
Summer 2020 STEM Camps
Registration opens Monday, February 3 at 12 noon! Registration links will be available for each camp and week at that time. Register your child for the program grade that they will be in in the 2020-21 school year.
- Camps run from Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
- Students must bring a lunch
- Weekly tuition is $295. Early bird registration until February 29: $260.
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 amazing programs!
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.
- Aurora IL: Jewel Middle School, 1501 Waterford Rd., North Aurora, IL 60542 (Get Directions)
- Batavia, IL: Rotolo Middle School, 1501 S. Raddant Rd., Batavia, IL 60510 (Get Directions)
- Chicago, IL: Keller Regional Gifted Center, 3020 W 108th St, Chicago, IL 60655 (Get Directions)
- Normal, IL: Normal Community High School, 3900 E Raab Rd., Normal, IL 61761 (Get Directions)
- Springfield, IL: Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Rd., Springfield, IL 62703 (Get Directions)
- Belleville, IL: Belle Valley School, 2465 Amann Drive, Belleville, IL (Get Directions)
- Edwardsville, IL: Lincoln Middle School, 145 West Street, Edwardsville, IL (Get Directions)
- O’Fallon, IL: Fulton Junior High School, 307 Kyle Road, O’Fallon, IL (Get Directions)
Friend Requests – For Aurora Programs
There is typically more than one section/class grouping for each program. IMSA will do its best to honor one friend-request to pair two students in the same program section. Participants must request each other for the request to be fulfilled. Requested parties must be registered for the same program (i.e. a participant in the 3-4 program cannot be grouped with a participant in the 5-6 program). PLEASE NOTE ONLY ONE MUTUAL FRIEND REQUEST TO BE PLACED IN THE SAME SECTION — THE FIRST ONE WE RECEIVE– WILL BE HONORED. WE WILL NOT HONOR REQUESTS TO PUT GROUPS OF 3 OR MORE STUDENTS TOGETHER.
The form must be completed again for multiple events/registrations. The form is due two weeks before the program starts but can be submitted as soon as you register. We cannot accommodate requests made after this date. Please note we reserve the right to separate friends if their pairing results in disruptive behavior. This form can be filled out online by logging in to your ACTIVE.com account after completing registration. THIS INFORMATION WILL ALSO BE COMMUNICATED IN THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL YOU WILL RECEIVE RIGHT AFTER YOU REGISTER.
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. There is no cost to register for a wait-list spot.