Center for Innovation & Inquiry

The Steve and Jamie Chen Center for Innovation and Inquiry is a leading center for innovative and entrepreneurial thinking and applied STEM learning for youth and adult development. We turn ideas into impact.

Located at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) the center provides award-winning programs, experiences, and mentoring for youth and adult projects in applied STEM fields. The Center’s mission is to empower youth and adults through world-leading applied, collaborative, and culturally responsive experiences that inspire innovative and entrepreneurial thinking; and the launch of breakthrough projects into the world. The center offers programs in the areas of design thinking, business and entrepreneurship, maker and makerspace design, STEM pathways, film studies, robotics, and software engineering amongst others.


Browse the Center for Innovation & Inquiry Collections:

Girls IN2 STEM Image Gallery


Publications & Research

Service Projects