ISTC Press Releases


ISTI Celebrates Record Breaking STEM Challenge Partners
October 11, 2017 | Download Full Release

1,500 students at 40 Illinois high schools will team up with 16 leading corporations and universities to solve real challenges and conduct independent research. Each company will present a business-specific problem and mentor students both in-person and virtually throughout the course of the year.


1,200 Illinois students team up with businesses and universities to address major challenges
April 27, 2017 | Download Full Release

An innovative device to detect lead levels in drinking water, a patch to assist with medication adherence, a healthy breakfast bar, and a mobile app that connects patients with cancer – these are a few inventive solutions Illinois high school students have come up with in response to the Illinois Science and Technology Institute’s (ISTI) statewide STEM Challenge.


New report highlights record number of university-supported startups in Illinois
March 8, 2017 | Download Full Release

The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC) today released new data showing record growth in entrepreneurial activity at the state’s universities as part of its Illinois Innovation Index, which reports on the key metrics of the state’s innovation economy. The report found that during the past five academic years, students and faculty at Illinois universities created 804 startups through technology licensing, entrepreneurship programs, competitions and other university initiatives, according to the self-reported data.


38 Illinois high schools team up with leading corporations and universities to innovate beyond the classroom
October 6, 2016 | Download Full Release

The Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI), a STEM education focused nonprofit that connects companies with classrooms, today announced its participating high schools and industry and academic partners for the 2016-17 school year. This year’s program includes more than 2,000 students at 38 Illinois high schools, who will be paired with professionals working in STEM-related fields to collaborate on industry-focused problems and independent research projects.


ISTI Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Innovation Generation Grant
July 12, 2016 | Download Full Release

The Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI) today announced it has received a grant for $40,000 as part of the “Innovation Generation Grant” program from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the grant, ISTI will continue to expand STEM Challenges and the Mentor Matching Engine (MME) to bring real world STEM experiences to Illinois’ students.


Students innovate to solve STEM challenges
May 16, 2016 | Download Full Release

What happens when 800+ high school students join forces with experts from some of the world’s most innovative companies? They tackle pressing problems that extend beyond the classroom.

This is the R&D STEM Learning Exchange, where Illinois students are solving real world STEM problems.


New Report Highlights Growth of University-Driven Startups in Illinois
March 8, 2016 | Download Full Release

The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC) today released new data conveying the growth of entrepreneurial activity across the state’s universities as part of its Illinois Innovation Index, a publication that reports on key metrics of the state’s innovation economy. The announcement was made at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s University Technology Park with university leaders and leading university-driven entrepreneurs.


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