1200+ High Schoolers to Participate in Innovative Problem Solving Program

by Marilyn Roca Enriquez in


CHICAGO – The Illinois Science and Technology Institute (ISTI) announced the expansion of its Research & Development (R&D) STEM Learning Exchange. 

Now in its third year, this public-private effort connects students to future STEM careers. This school year, through STEM Challenges and the Mentor Matching Engine (MME), the R&D STEM Learning Exchange will reach more than 1,200 students at 29 Illinois high schools. 

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The STEM Challenge program matches participating schools with leading corporations and research institutions. From January through May 2016, students will work along-side experts from Illinois companies and together spur real-world innovation. Their work will be showcased May 19, 2016. 

Students will also work with industry and academic mentors on research projects through the Mentor Matching Engine (MME). This invitation-only, web-based platform was developed in partnership with the Illinois Math & Science Academy (IMSA), connects Illinois high school students and teachers to STEM professionals who serve as online mentors.