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residential high school, charter school, Illinois, IMSA, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, STEM, field trips, mentor, mentoring


Education | Gifted Education | Science and Mathematics Education


Children running wild enjoying a day of freedom, exhausted chaperones, budget-conscious, hand-wringing administrators back at school -- all of these conjure troubling images for educators about field trips. These are far from the enjoyable, state-of-the-art, educational experiences that field trips could be for today's teachers and students.

For several years, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) has had longstanding partnerships with school districts throughout the state which have involved designing STEM field trip experiences that serve middle school educators and students. These field trips to the Academy are led by IMSA high school students who are enrolled in the Allies program.


Originally published October 20, 2014 ©; George Lucas Educational Foundation

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Photo: Dynamic Dissections!

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Photo: Cube Puzzles



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