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  • Aurora school unveils plans for $1.9 million innovation center Jan 22, 2015 4:06 PM
    Faculty, staff, students and community members celebrated the unveiling of the official name, logo and renderings of a new innovation center at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora Wednesday. The $1.9 million innovation and inquiry hub is being funded, in part, with money donated by IMSA alumnus and YouTube co-founder Steven Chen. “This is IMSA’s new front door to the community,” said IMSA Chief Innovation Officer Britta McKenna.

  • Fox Valley Leadership Team honorable mentions Jan 7, 2015 2:48 PM
    Fox Valley Leadership Team honorable mentions, 2014-2015

  • 2014-2015 Fox Valley Leadership Team Jan 7, 2015 2:59 PM
    The 10 students named to the Daily Herald's Fox Valley Leadership Team come from different backgrounds, but they have one thing in common -- they value service over self. "Everything I need to know about life I have learned through service," writes Cassie Kemmler of Elgin Academy. Read about these future leaders -- kids who are "doers, not just joiners," according to a sponsor -- and prepare to be inspired.

  • IMSA gets first win at Christian Liberty Sep 18, 2014 9:41 PM
    Krishi Korrapati scored the game-winner in the 97th minute to cap an exciting Thursday afternoon of soccer in Arlington Heights as Illinois Math and Science Academy (1-8-1, 1-0-0) earned its first victory of the season in grand style, stunning Christian Liberty Academy 5-4 in overtime.

  • Dunn, Kaneland slam IMSA Sep 11, 2014 9:45 PM
    Kaneland girls volleyball coach Cynthia Violett will know a great deal about her team prior to the start of Northern Illinois Big XII Conference action next week against DeKalb and Sycamore. However, Violett, who is back at the helm she once held at Kaneland from 1994-2002, already has a good idea of where her team stands. The Knights’ convincing 25-13, 25-9 nonconference victory over Illinois Math & Science Academy (1-10) Thursday night in Maple Park capped a week that included a win over perennial power Montini.

  • U-46's Torres excited about IMSA's vision Aug 5, 2014 9:58 AM
    “IMSA's (vision) is pretty exciting ... and that is to ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds to advance the human condition," said outgoing Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent José Torres, who spoke with the Daily Herald about why he is leaving the state's second-largest school district to head the state-funded boarding school focused on STEM education. A Q&A and video.

  • Just what is IMSA? Aug 1, 2014 12:35 PM
    The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora — where Elgin-area Superintendent Jose Torres is headed — is a world apart from the district he leaves behind. The school opened in 1986. and was the brainchild of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman and others. Their vision was for a a school encouraging students who were apt at science and mathematics to pursue those subjects with rigor while still in high school.

  • Meet the latest group of Northwest suburban Merit scholars Jul 14, 2014 2:16 PM
    The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has released the names of about 1,600 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities, including many from Illinois. Here are the Northwest suburban winners.

  • Buzz Aldrin launches lunar landing social media campaign Jul 12, 2014 6:45 AM
    Buzz Aldrin's big focus right now is the 45th anniversary of the first lunar landing. His company has launched a social media campaign, featuring a YouTube video in which celebrities and scientists relay their memories of July 20, 1969. “I feel we need to remind the world about the Apollo missions and that we can still do impossible things. The whole world celebrated our moon landing, but we missed the whole thing because we were out of town,” he says.

  • Batavia native, engineer mentors girls in robotics camp Jul 10, 2014 10:11 AM
    In 2002, Denise Karabowicz was the only girl on the Rotolo Middle School’s Lego Building Club. Eleven years later, she’s running the show, along with her dad, Ron. “I know what the robotics program did for me when I was in middle school,” she said.

  • Study challenges conventional wisdom about ‘leaf-out’ times Jun 20, 2014 12:17 PM
    Despite conventional wisdom among gardeners, foresters and botanists that woody plants all “leaf out” about the same time each spring, a new study co-authored by Morton Arboretum researcher Robert Fahey found a surprisingly wide span of as much as three months in leaf-out times.

  • Meet the 2013-2014 Fox Valley Academic Team May 8, 2014 3:34 PM
    "Throughout my life, I have never been satisfied with simply meeting the minimum requirements," Kevin Wilde of Cary-Grove High School writes in an essay. "While some people may ask, 'What is the least amount of work I need to do to get by?' I ask, 'What could I do to get the most out of this situation?'" Wilde, who was named to the Daily Herald's Fox Valley Academic Team for 2013-14, is not alone in his mindset. The students on the team look for opportunities to not only further their own achievements, but to lead, and to make a difference.

  • 2013-14 Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentions May 8, 2014 3:00 PM
    2013-14 Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentions

  • Bolingbrook teen finds patterns of success across fields May 1, 2014 5:30 AM
    Timothy Zhou excels at music, math and chess. While that may seem like an unusual combination, the Bolingbrook teen is quick to explain the three disciplines are much more similar than people may think. "There is beauty in patterns and logic which plays into not just chess and math, but also music," he says.

  • Wheaton Academy’s McDonell feeling 100 percent Apr 28, 2014 9:26 PM
    At 6-foot-6, Wheaton Academy senior middle hitter Steven McDonell clearly was the tallest player on the volleyball court in Monday’s match with Illinois Math and Science Academy.

  • Interested in IMSA? Apply online by March 1 Feb 18, 2014 2:54 PM
    The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is now taking applications from Illinois ninth grade students passionate about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for consideration to its three-year (grades 10 through 12) advanced college preparatory program.

  • Senate may delay flood insurance rate hike Jan 29, 2014 8:11 AM
    Flood insurance rate increases for hundreds of thousands of people would be put off under a bill on track to pass the Senate. Its future remains uncertain in the House, where a more modest plan is under consideration. The legislation, which could pass the Senate as early as Wednesday, would delay for up to four years premium increases set to phase in next year on homeowners facing whopping premium increases under new flood maps.

  • A sign of things to come for Neuqua? Dec 14, 2013 9:06 PM
    Neuqua Valley’s boys swimming team may already be better than it was expected to be coming into the season. On Saturday the Wildcats, sparked by strong veteran nucleus and a sophomore class that bears watching, rallied from behind to edge archrival Waubonsie Valley and win the Wildcat Relays at West Chicago for the first time in three years. With a strong second half of the meet, Neuqua Valley won four events, three of the last four, while Waubonsie was the winner in five relays.

  • 2013-2014 Fox Valley Leadership Team honorable mentions Dec 13, 2013 5:45 AM
    2013-2014 Fox Valley Leadership Team honorable mentions

  • YouTube co-founder funding 'Innovation Hub' in Aurora Nov 19, 2013 7:02 AM
    Steve Chen, YouTube co-founder and 1996 graduate of Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, is putting $1 million of his money behind a $1.9 million Innovation Hub desiged to support student entrepreneurs. “We look to engage our business community and collaborate in this space,” said Britta McKenna, the school's chief innovation officer. “It just provides so many potential opportunitites.”

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