Center for Innovation and Inquiry

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 emerging technology.

Connect to the IMSA Innovation Community today, and join a vibrant network of innovators, designers, and entrepreneurs who are sharing ideas, testing inventions, taking risks, launching businesses and along the way are turning their ideas into impact.

Program Areas

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Film Studies
  • Maker & Maker Space
  • Robotics/Emerging Technology
  • STEM Pathways
  • Internships