Science@IMSA Wednesday

Science@IMSA Wednesday, 6-21, Cardiovascular Physiology and Classic Frog Dissection

Today students explored cardiac and lung output in response to physical activity. They established their baseline heart rate, lung capacity, and blood pressure, then measured the same after 2 sets of 30 minutes of sustained activity. Tomorrow they will analyze their collected data. In the other section, students reviewed the vertebrate nervous system before performing a full frog dissection with a standard ventral opening with identification and removal of all organs and nerve cord and brain removal!

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Taking blood pressure readings is fun!

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Science@IMSA – Tuesday

Science@IMSA – Tuesday 6/20 – Human Neurophysiology and Crayfish Dissection

Today students performed a dissection of a live (anesthetized) crayfish, highlighting all of its significant sensory structures. They also did a histology of its nervous tissue to examine the neural network.  In the other section of the course students examined reaction and reflex variation to auditory and visual reflexes (using eye charts and tuning forks) as well as tactile reflexes.



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Did you know that a sea star smells with its whole body? Students in Science@IMSA do now! On Monday they performed a sea star dissection in their quest to understand how organisms have adapted and evolved different responses to survive. In the other section, they became familiar with respiratory physiology  and formed a question, hypothesis, and experiment/test related to how activity affects respiratory function.

Integrated Science @ IMSA

Integrated Science @ IMSA

This uniquely IMSA program, combining two weeks of online learning followed by one week of engaging hands-on learning on campus in Aurora, explores the links between biology, chemistry, and physical science. Taught by IMSA faculty, participants delve into scientific topics including gas laws, osmosis/diffusion, and how water affects climate.
With a solid foundation from two weeks of online courses, students arrive at IMSA for a week of hands-on activities in our state-of-the-art laboratories. Students live in the residence halls, experiencing life at IMSA first hand as a student. At the conclusion of the program, students are presented with a Certificate of Completion.
This program is open to African American/Black, Latino, rural or low income students that have an interest and talent in STEM. Many program participants go on to apply and are accepted to IMSA’s three-year residential high school program.
The residential portion of this program is held at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, 1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora, and runs Monday through Friday, however students arrive on campus the Sunday evening prior at 6 pm.

Students must be entering 9th grade in fall 2017 and have completed a year of pre-algebra.

Science@IMSA: Systems and Signals

Science@IMSA: Systems and Signals

This program will introduce students to the basic concepts of human physiology, with an emphasis on understanding the coordination and integration of major body systems.

Students will also examine the amazing adaptive responses humans and other organisms have evolved in their physiology in response to their drive to survive.

Throughout this program, these concepts will be explored through modeling, experiments, specimen dissections, and collection and analysis of data.

Extreme Math and Science @ IMSA

Extreme Math and Science @ IMSA

Salt and pepper…..peanut butter and jelly….science and math—without math, science just wouldn’t be the same! Math can reveal and relate what scientists discover by helping them find relationships between an experiment’s hypothesis and the data that is collected.

In this program students will learn about evolutionary biology and how to use mathematical modeling to predict how populations will change over time.

Students will be learning about how intra- and inter-species interactions can help or hinder population dynamics and will use the program Vensim to mathematically model these dynamics.

Biomedical Engineering @ IMSA

Biomedical Engineering @ IMSA

Innovate through engineering and physiology! This course will begin with an introduction to the foundations of engineering, including classification and applications.

Students will focus on biomedical engineering, learning about heart physiology and differentiating between the mechanical and electrical parts of the heart as well as cardiac circulation.

They will then use biophysical principles such as Poiseuille’s equation to design their model. The next step will be building a working heart model which can pump “blood” using tubes and assorted pumping methods of their choice.

The week will culminate with the participants presenting their creations at a showcase for parents.

Summer 2017 is Almost Here!

Summer 2017 is Almost Here!

We are gearing up for summer 2017 and we are so excited to have all of you!

As we get closer to the start of our programs, here is some information that might be helpful to you.

Day Programs:

  • The program day begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs to 3:00 p.m. Morning drop-off/check in begins at 8:15 a.m. – and concludes at 8:30 a.m. Do NOT drop your child off prior to 8:15, as there will be so supervision available before this time.
  • Monday morning check-in: On the first day of the program, it is mandatory for parents to park and walk their participant to the summer program staff for first-day check-in. Your child will be assigned to a group leader who will be their same leader throughout the week.
  • Lunch is included in the program fee and provided through our food service, Sodexho. They offer many options for students, including burgers, macaroni and cheese, a salad bar, fresh fruit, and many other items. You may choose to send your child with a sack lunch if you prefer. Please note: the cafeteria is NOT a peanut free environment.
  • Pick up is promptly at 3:00 PM. We do not provide extended care. Please be timely and prompt with drop off and pick up for the best and safest experience for every participant.  Our personnel need to prepare for the next day after day programs end at 3:00 p.m.
  • Late Pickup Fee:  IMSA day programs end at 3 p.m.  Any parent/guardian picking up a child late will be assessed a fee of $15 per child for any pickup 15 minutes late and $1 per minute thereafter. Late fees are due on the child’s next day of camp.

Residential Programs:

  • Residential program check-in begins at 6:00 PM on the Sunday before the program start date. The entrance will change based on which dorms the students will be in. Please make note of this in your pre-program email!
  • Please plan on arriving to pick up your child between 1:45-1:55 p.m. the following Friday(the last day of the program). There will be a 30 minute program presentation/wrap-up starting promptly at 2:00 pm.
  • We do not honor requests to pair or group friends or relatives during their class during the day; however, they will have the opportunity to mingle during common activities such as lunch and free time.  Program participants are grouped at random to encourage a positive learning experience, meeting new friends while engaging in program activities.
  • We DO take requests for roommates. Friends or relatives (of the same gender) can be paired as roommates if both parties request each other by sending an email to us a Please include the program name and week offered, your child’s name, and the name of the child being requested as a roommate. We must receive this at least 10 days before the first date of your program to accommodate it.
  • Your child will be assigned to a group leader who will be their same leader throughout the week.

Math@IMSA: Friday

Math@IMSA: Friday

Today was game changing! Students were able to finally share their cryptography scavenger hunt with their peers! After working for many days to create the patterns, and clues students shared their games and their patterns. Using their knowledge and skills to decode they had time to solve the patterns and locate the items on their hunt. This event was exciting and creative in many ways! All students were winners as everyone shared a scavenger hunt that was challenging and engaging!

Ask your student:

How can you take advantage of patterns in your everyday life?

How can you establish patterns in your everyday life that will help you be successful?