IN2 – the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy’s innovation center – is the first secondary education innovation center in Illinois.
IN2 Steve and Jamie Chen Center for Innovation & Inquiry opened in 2017 as a model for U.S. education that empowers young people to transform their ideas into reality and solutions to the complex social challenges of our time through entrepreneurship and innovation. Its innovative programs nurture the next generation of discoverers, creators and thinkers with projects guided by IMSA’s foundational philosophy of equity and excellence underpinning its mission to ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition.
IN2 builds Illinois’ STEM pipeline through entrepreneurship training, makerspace education, and innovation programs that connect talented Illinois students with Chicago-area startups, mentors and community partners. The collaborative environment connects education to industry to share opportunities and find solutions, continuing to strengthen Illinois’ STEM innovation pipeline.
As Illinois’ flagship STEM institution and learning laboratory, IMSA serves 10th through 12th graders who are gifted and talented in math and science through its residential Academy, as well as thousands of educators and students through outreach and professional development programs each year. Dubbed “Hogwarts for Hackers” by Wired Magazine, IMSA’s learning laboratory launches innovators who advance a broad range of fields and industries including alums who served as founders or founding team members of Netscape, PayPal, YouTube, Yelp, and OkCupid.
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