The Illinois Science & Technology Institute (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. We are a bridge between the classroom and real world that facilitates collaboration between students and industry mentors.
STEM Challenges are real-world projects that create opportunities for high school students to work alongside STEM professionals as mentors. Students and mentors from STEM Challenge industry partners collaborate over the course of six months to explore, create, and build innovative solutions.
Mentor Matching Engine
Mentor Matching Engine is an online collaboration platform and relationship management tool that connects companies with classrooms – linking students with mentors anytime, anywhere.
Being a STEM Challenge mentor gives me an opportunity to champion our future leaders. For me, the rewards of watching the students grow and interacting with these incredible young minds is well worth my small time commitment.
ISTI in the News
Students given ‘freedom to learn’ with State Farm mentors
The Pantagraph – May 21, 2017
Nonprofit Brings Student Ideas to Some of Country’s Largest Companies
NBC 5 News – April 27, 2017
1,200 Illinois High School Students Get Cracking on Real World Tech Problems
Chicago Inno, April 27, 2017
Illinois high schoolers tackling industry challenges through innovation
Fox32 Chicago – April 27, 2017
Growing a Passion for Science
AbbVie – Feb. 21, 2017
Illinois Students Experience STEM Opportunities, Challenges Firsthand
Baxter International Inc., August 31, 2016