Thanks to our visionary partners and supporters, IMSA is pushing the boundaries of education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Their resources have had a powerful impact on campus and also have expanded our capacity to design and deliver innovative STEM programs to educators and students in Illinois and beyond.
In this issue, you will learn how IMSA and the IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education, our 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity, work with educational, business and entrepreneurial partners to re-imagine innovative models for STEM education. For example, corporate support for IMSA’s Energy Center is enabling a project that involves IMSA with The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China and the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia. Students from these educational institutions are working together to convert Miscanthus to butanol and develop simulations of efficient high altitude wind turbines. Through support from the State of Illinois, the Abbott Fund and the Tellabs Foundation, CoolHub.IMSA provides an online collaborative innovation network that connects learners and experts of all ages to work on a variety of projects worldwide including game design for information fluency, robot development for team competition, wetland improvement and biodiesel production. Support from Intel has facilitated grants to jumpstart teaching and learning initiatives like the Geometric Sculpture and Outreach Project, in which IMSA students design abstract geometric sculptures using mathematics and technology. Generous grants from the Motorola Foundation have enhanced IMSA’s capacity to provide professional development in Problem-Based Learning to Illinois educators.
Excerpt: From the President
IMSA Fund, "IMSA360: Winter 2010" (2010). IMSA Fund Reports. 25.