Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

To ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition.


Spring 2018 FUNshops

Aurora FUNshops:

It IS Rocket Science! FUNshop

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
IMSA Campus, 1500 Sullivan Rd, Aurora, IL, 60506
Registration Fee: $45
Registration closes: April 1st. 2018
Scholarship Application closes: March 25th, 2018
Grades 3-4
Get ready for some high-flying fun! Young scientists will investigate the mechanics behind aerospace engineering through an exploration of Isaac Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion. What does it take to launch a rocket? Participants will figure it out as they design and launch their own creations.
Grades 5-6
3-2-1-LAUNCH! Student Engineers will investigate the four forces of flight (thrust, drag, lift, and gravity) and Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion, through hands on explorations. In addition, participants will design and engineer their own flying object. Finally, these young scientists will explore the variables involved in launching their objects.

Metro East FUNshops:

Invention Convention! 

Registration Fee: $30
Anyone can be an inventor, designer, or engineer! You just need imagination and a few materials. Students will put this to the test in this fun, hands-on session. After an introduction to the science of circuits they will explore the world of littleBits (modular circuitry parts) and use them to complete an open-ended design challenge. Both grade groupings will be exploring littleBits but will have different, age-appropriate challenges. Come think, explore, and create with  us! 

3rd-4th Grade

5th-6th Grade

Friday, April 6th, 6-8:30 PM

Liberty Middle School
1 District Drive, Edwardsville, IL 62025
Registration Closes: 3-31-18

Click here to Register!

Click here to Register!




Friday, April 20th, 6-8:30 PM

East Elementary School,
1035 Washington Ave, Alton, IL 62002 
Scholarship Application Closes: 4-11-18
Registration Closes: 4-14-18

Click here to Register!

Click here to Register!

Click here to apply for a need-based scholarship!*

Click here to apply for a need-based scholarship!*



FUNshops typically have several sections of students. Both families must complete this form in order for the request to be fulfilled.  Participants must request each other for the request to be fulfilled. You may only request ONE (1) friend. Requested parties must be registered for the same event and for the same grade level (i.e. a participant in the 3-4 program cannot be grouped with a participant in the 5-6 program). Participants must already be registered when submitting a group request. The form must be completed again for multiple events/registrations.
Please complete this online form to submit a group request ( 
  • *Applying for a scholarship does not guarantee an award or registration into the Funshop. 
  • To qualify and apply for a scholarship, the student is required to submit proof of eligibility: proof of participation in a free or reduced lunch program, OR proof of parent's income. 
  • WATCH YOUR EMAIL and CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER! Award recipients will be notified via email and must reply to scholarship offer. 
  • NOTE: You may choose to either pay for program registration OR apply for a scholarship and await award notification.  Scholarship applications will not be accepted along with a paid registration.
NO refunds or credits will be granted for FUNshops. 
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