IMSA STEM League (grades 8-11)
A three-month, online mini-course designed around a hot topic in STEM, which will include a book read, documentaries/TED Talks, and other source material. For students in grades 8-11—weekly time commitment 1-3 hours. This course will run annually from mid January-mid April. Moderate participation fee.
We have had an overwhelming response to this program and it is full.
You may still enroll in the waitlist by clicking the “Register” button below. We will be offering the STEM League again next January.
Genetics: The Power and Pitfalls of a Modern Revolution
This online mini-course is intended for motivated, independent learners who are interested in taking a closer look at the recent developments in the field of genetics, with a special emphasis on gene therapy and gene editing. The ethical considerations of these powerful tools will also be considered. A variety of media sources such as readings, videos, and online tools will be explored, evaluated and discussed. Over the course of this program we will read The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It, a narrative nonfiction book by Dr. Ricki Lewis, a geneticist, science writer, and educator. The course will culminate in a live, online, interactive session with Dr. Lewis. This course will be led by an IMSA Center for Teaching and Learning curriculum specialist in collaboration with IMSA Science faculty with facilitation assistance from IMSA students.
This mostly asynchronous, online program will give students the opportunity to
- Learn genetics content that has relevant societal implications and
- Participate in an online community of scientific thinking and discussion.
Research, Inquiry Skills & Experimentation (RISE)
Pursue a higher-level, year-long, in-depth study of a science topic of your choice. Learn the skills necessary to conduct independent research and report your findings. You will choose a topic of your own interest and collaborate with other high school students involved in independent research. Find out how to conduct authentic research and get the opportunity to connect with an expert in your chosen research area.
This course will give you the opportunity to participate in the community of scientific research and scholarship. You will have the opportunity to present your research findings at various regional, state, and national venues. The unique methods and personalized instruction RISE offers guided 31 total students to win state and national awards in the program’s first two years.
“I feel like this experience in RISE truly raised my academic level up a notch and helped me earn a strong passion for science….I am glad to have the opportunity to enjoy such an exciting class like RISE.” – RISE program alumnus
RISE is an online, non-credit bearing course
Access to a computer with internet is necessary
Duration: two semesters
Successful students will be self-motivated and independent learners.
Course includes significant writing component
The outcomes of this program are linked to: Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), College Readiness Standards, and Common Core State Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects.
Audience: Students grades 7-8 and 9-12
Dates: Classes start late August and run through June
Registration for the 2012-21 RISE Course will open on April 1, 2020. All sessions filled for the 2019-20 school year.
*Applying for a scholarship does not guarantee an award or registration into the summer program. To qualify and apply for a scholarship, the student is required to submit proof of eligibility: 2017 or 2018 Tax Documentation showing 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 within time period indicated in email. 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.
RISE Above is for students who have taken one or more years of RISE and wish to continue with a research topic in an advanced manner or who wish to pursue a new topic.
Audience: Students grades 9-12 who have previously completed the RISE Course
Dates: Classes start late August, 2020 and run through June 2021