ISTI is a STEM-focused nonprofit that provides programs and partnerships to connect companies with classrooms. ISTI supports schools and companies who want to impact the next generation of innovators. It is a bridge between the classroom and real world that facilitates collaboration between students and industry mentors.
In 2011, the Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI) was formed as a non-profit entity by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC) to strengthen the Illinois talent pipeline for research and development careers. Composed of major corporations, research universities, research laboratories, post-secondary education institutions and nonprofits. ISTI launched the R&D STEM Learning Exchange in 2012 to expand authentic learning experiences for students and teachers across Illinois. Through this work, ISTI has continued to grow its offerings to impact more than 2,000 students across Illinois in just three years.