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 learning for youth and adult development. We turn ideas into impact.

A $1.9M, 6,400 square foot state-of-the-art renovation located at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) campus in Aurora, Illinois, seeded by a generous lead gift of $1M by alumnus Steve Chen ‘96. The Center is a physical space designed to be “an organic, crowd sourced solution to prototype and test new models of educating the next generation of innovators.

The IMSA innovation community is a vibrant network of innovators, designers, and entrepreneurs who are sharing ideas, testing inventions, taking risks, launching businesses and along the way, turning ideas into impact.


Browse the Center for Innovation & Inquiry Collections:

2020 Intern Reports

2021 Intern Reports

2022 Intern Reports

Distinguished Student Work

Image Gallery: Girls IN2 STEM

IMSA / Fermi STEM Pitch


Power Pitch

Publications & Research

Service Projects