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, to build a stronger, more inclusive talent pipeline in Illinois. 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.
Program Impact 2018-19
See how our programs impacted Illinois’ students last year.
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
Astellas Volunteers Mentor, Impart Career Advice to Potential Future Healthcare Leaders
Astellas – May 15, 2019
Chicago Tribune – April 30, 2019
1,200 Illinois High School Students Get Cracking on Real World Tech Problems
Chicago Inno, April 27, 2017