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. 


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.