ISTC/I in the News

Letter to the Editor: Connecting STEM students to STEM careers
Posted May 24, 2017 | Source: Chicago Tribune

The Tribune’s editorial “Aurora’s formula for STEM success” illuminated one recipe for success in connecting industry and academic partners with local high schools. I want to offer one more. Businesses can offer students something more valuable than money: their problems.


B-N students given ‘freedom to learn’ with State Farm mentors
Posted May 21, 2017 | Source: Bloomington Pantagraph

A year of analyzing and creating through computer science has some Twin City high school students itching for more real-world projects in school.


 

#STEMChallenge Student Showcase Highlights Internet of Things
Posted May 17, 2017 | Source: Microsoft Chicago (Blog)

Microsoft has been partnering with the Illinois Science and Technology Institute (ISTI) for three years on the STEM Challenge, along with our Early College STEM School, Lake View High School. This year, we added Corliss High School as a second Early College STEM School and invited Corliss to participate in the Challenge as well. Instead of being twice the work, it was twice the fun, as we engaged additional Microsoft volunteers to partner with the teachers and the students. Our Challenge this year was to have the have the students learn about the Internet of Things (IoT) and figure out how IoT can be used to address social change, and improve the lives of people in Chicago.


Nonprofit Brings Student Ideas to Some of Country’s Largest Companies
Posted May 2, 2017 | Source: NBC Chicago

Teenagers are creating ideas that could be considered innovation for the future. And thank to one Chicago nonprofit, their ideas are being brought to some of the largest companies in the country. Sabrina Santucci reports.


1,200 Illinois High School Students Get Cracking on Real World Tech Problems
Posted April 28, 2017 | Source: Chicago Inno

While problem-based learning is not a new concept, ISTI’s program is unique in the sense that the challenges presented to the students come directly from real problems faced by academia and industry. Students have access to mentors for feedback on research plans and prototypes, both via in-person check-ins as well as online engagement on an invitation-only Mentor Matching Engine platform. Close to two hundred students (selected from 1,200 who experienced the program) gathered at Motorola Mobility’s headquarters in the Merchandise Mart on Thursday to present their solutions in front of their peers, teachers and industry mentors.


Good Day Chicago: Illinois High School Students Innovate To Solve Industry Challenges
Posted April 27, 2017 | Source: Fox Broadcasting

STEM Challenge students from North Chicago Community High School, Chicago Vocational Career Academy and Decatur Public Schools were featured along with our President & CEO, Mark Harris. 


N. Chicago students win first place in STEM challenge
Posted April 13, 2017 | Source: Daily Herald

North Chicago Community High School students have been working closely with AbbVie Foundation to create STEM-based — science, technology, engineering and math — projects that could benefit people with cancer. The program is part of Illinois Science & Technology Institute’s STEM Challenge.


AbbVie Teams Up With North Chicago Community High School for Illinois Science & Technology Institute’s STEM Challenge
Posted April 27, 2017 | Source: Make It Better Media

Utilizing shelter dogs to provide companionship and comfort for cancer patients. An education website for K-12 youth struggling with cancer, focused on helping them graduate. A mobile app that helps patients navigate their illness and informs family and friends of their daily struggles. These are just a few of the innovative ideas hatched by students from North Chicago Community High School (NCCHS) after working with mentors from AbbVie as part of the Illinois Science & Technology Institute’s (ISTI) STEM Challenge.


Bootstrapping in America: Mark Harris discusses the latest Index report
Posted March 15, 2017 | Source: TastyTrade

Thank you to Kristi Ross and Tony Battista at TastyTrade for having us to discuss the latest issue of the Illinois Innovation Index.


Illinois universities see surge in startups
Posted March 13, 2017 | Source: Fox 32 Chicago

David Rabie, Mark Harris, Rebecca Sholiton and Ryan Shelton join Good Day Chicago to give us a firsthand look at why Illinois is a hotbed for startups.


University startups surge as Illinois students start more companies, land more funding
March 8, 2017 Source: Chicago Tribune

Despite a fall in recent venture capital activity on the national level, Illinois university startups have seen a rise in funding. That’s according to the annual Illinois Innovation Index report released Wednesday by the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, primarily based on data self-reported by universities in the state.


Campus startup spinoff efforts paying off in Illinois; immigrants often lead the way
March 8, 2017 Source: Forbes

University efforts in Illinois to boost entrepreneurship and link big thinkers with seed cash and startup partners seem to be paying off. And immigrants are playing an outsize role in campus spinoffs. Those were two takeaways from the just-released Illinois Innovation Index, produced annually by the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition.


Illinois universities nearly double startups
March 8, 2017 Source: Crain’s Chicago Business

Illinois universities are cranking out a lot more startups. There were 285 companies started last year by students, faculty or staff at Illinois schools last year, up from about 150 in each of the previous two years, according to a report by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition. It’s an eye-popping figure. And it’s not clear how much the data reflect an explosion of startup output from universities and how much comes from better reporting.


Illinois universities produce 129 spinouts
March 8, 2017 Source: Global University Venturing

A new report shows that Illinois institutions have generated 129 startup spinouts between 2012 and 2016.


Student Startup Boom
March 8, 2017 Source: Chicago Inno

Illinois universities have been CRANKING out startups the past several years. And thanks to the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC), we now know exactly how many. Illinois universities produced 285 startups in 2016, which is up 95% from the previous year. From 2012 to 2016, Illinois universities produced more than 800 startups, which is up nearly 100% compared to 2009–2013, according to the ISTC’s annual report.


The Opening Bell 3/7/17
March 7, 2017 Source: WGN Radio

It’s clear that Illinois has made it’s impact on the international startup stage, and much of that is thanks to the state’s universities and colleges. Steve discussed the major increase of startups coming out of the state with Matt Bragg (Program Manager – Data & Policy at Illinois Science and Technological Coalition). 


Growing a Passion for Science
Feb 21, 2017 Source: AbbVie (Blog)

The first step to encouraging students to pursue STEM careers is helping them see the work – and themselves – in a new light. 

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