Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

To ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition.

Metro East Field Office

Welcome to IMSA's Metro East Field Office!

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy has moved beyond the walls of its internationally recognized Aurora, IL, campus to expand science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs and services across Illinois.  IMSA's Belleville field office offers enrichment programs for underserved and under-represented students, and professional development programs for educators.

Upcoming Events


2018 Summer@IMSA in the MetroEast:

The following programs will be offered in summer, 2018 to all students rising into grades 3-8:

Three weeks to choose from!

June 18-22:  BelleValley School, Belleville

July 9-13:  BelleValley School, Belleville

July 23-27:  Whiteside Middle School, Belleville

BioSleuths (Students entering Grades 3-4) 

Survival of the fittest!  Come explore how plants and insects survive in a world dominated by humans. Bring an observant eye and ear as we investigate unique interactions between living organisms. Dissect a grasshopper and flower, test how ants respond to stimuli, create an insect soundscape, and more! The hands-on explorations, inquiry-based activities, and modeling will leave students buzzing with excitement!  

Get your green on as you explore how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is a part of everything around us. This program will give your student an integrated exposure to the various STEM fields and how they can be applied within an environmental context. Explorations will include hand-on activities on the chemistry of recycling, solar and water power, and energy transfer. The week will culminate in an environmental engineering project where students will use these real-world STEM concepts to design, build, and improve their own energy-efficient house. 

CS IMSA (Students entering Grades 5-6)  

Calling all forensic investigators!---We’ve come across a mystery and need your help to crack the case! As part of this program, participants will work in teams to gather evidence as they unravel the science and mathematics behind crime scene clues like finger and footprints, DNA, handwriting, voice identification, and more! At the end of the week, teams will analyze their evidence, make deductions and propose their theories to solve the mystery.

Vital Signs (Students entering Grades 7-8) 

Is there a doctor in the house? This program will give budding medical students a general understanding of human anatomy through hands-on explorations of the heart, blood, bones and muscles! Participants will also engage in a fun and challenging bioengineering project that will allow them to apply engineering principles and practices to the structure and function of the human body.


Registration opens February 20 and closes May 31.

Scholarship application deadline is May 1.

Click here to select your preferred week and location.


Summer@IMSA 2017

Check out all the fun we had learning this summer!

Check out the highlights from last year's summer programs at:

“My favorite class was third period because even though making the Rube Goldberg machines was hard, I like being challenged….so yeah.”

        -Courtney O./6th grade

“This camp is so different than any camp I have ever been to.  I didn’t know I could learn so much in just one week!”

        -Raichyl S./4th grade

“There are two different kinds of circuits.  And I learned how a microscope works.”

        -Stephen G./8th grade

Have questions? Contact Dawn Waller!


Dawn Waller
IMSA Metro East Field Office Coordinator

Belle Valley School District 119
2465 Amann Drive
Belleville, IL 62220
Phone:  618.791.3855


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