Community Events

  • College for Youth
       College for Youth will be on hiatus for 2015 so that we can offer a new and improved program for 2016! Please watch our website for further announcements regarding our new program. If you have any questions, please call Conference Services at 309-438-2160. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.
       Heartland Community Education offers interesting and affordable adult and youth classes in a safe and comfortable environment. We have workshops to help you get in shape, retool for a new career, improve your skills to increase your employment value or learn a new hobby. Explore our diverse schedule of classes designed to accommodate the educational needs of the community. Select your favorites and register today!
       The concept of betabrain was developed to inspire students to strengthen their critical thinking and team building skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through the use of hands-on problem-solving challenges. The betabrain program seeks to improve students’ understanding of the value of scientific studies and encourage them to consider future careers in science and engineering. The organizers of betabrain are committed to supporting the next generation of scientists, engineers, and business leaders by providing a collaborative teamwork experience.
    SIT Conference
       The Students Involved with Technology Conference is an annual conference occurring at several sites throughout Illinois. It originated in Bloomington-Normal and has since expanded. It is a conference for 3rd-12th grade students. So what makes the SIT Conference stand out? It is also completely presented by 3rd-12th grade students. While adult volunteers from local schools and the community help the day run smoothly, all presentations are prepared and presented by the students!
    IWU Young Scholars
       The IWU "Young Scientists" camp is for students entering sixth through eighth grades. Hands-on experimentation and student-designed projects are the focus of this camp, providing students multiple opportunities to work through the experimental process in a variety of disciplines including biology, physics, chemistry, environmental studies, programming and photography.
       “Inventions/Innovations", a camp for students entering fourth or fifth grade, will allow students the opportunity to use facilities on campus, from the computer labs to the observatory, to analyze how inventions impact our lives. Students can develop their own creations to address a problem they identify, and use 3D printing as they consider the whole invention process from design, cost analysis, prototyping and testing.

       Is it summer yet? Summer@IMSA day programs provide hands-on, integrative learning experiences for students in grades 3rd-8th.  Make your summer count as you engage in mathematics, be a Jr. Scientist, discover how to engineer for excellence, and so much more! Summer@ IMSA day programs are offered weekly throughout the summer, and are scheduled in various regions throughout the state.
       Serving underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students who have talent and interest in mathematics and science is a high priority of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. We believe that we must actively recruit from all regions of the state of Illinois. In addition, we believe we must address the challenges of underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students through contact and intervention in the form of academic enrichment programming early in students' educational experience. The Academy continues to create and develop a culturally rich and inclusive environment that affirms and celebrates individual differences.
        The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, the world's leading teaching and learning laboratory for imagination and inquiry, is now offering all 9-12th grade students the opportunity to pursue a higher-level, year long, in-depth study of a science topic of their choice in addition to a personalized course focusing on Biochemistry.
       TEAMS is an annual STEM competition challenging students to work collaboratively and apply their math and science knowledge in practical, creative ways to solve real everyday engineering challenges. After participating in TEAMS, students increase their knowledge of engineering, feel more confident about participating in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities and increase their ability to work with others to solve complex problems. 
    Engineering Open House
       The Engineering Open House is an annual student-led event featuring two days of exciting exhibits and captivating competitions that showcase the talent and ingenuity of engineering students at the University of Illinois. The event is open to the public at no cost. Families, students, and community members are invited to come and experience the atmosphere of innovation and creativity. If you plan to bring a group of 15 or larger, we ask that you register as a field trip.

    “Fostering excellence in mathematics and sciences among the youth of the United States and the world.”

    Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) is an International program headquartered at the University of Illinois, offering the annual Academic Challenge competition, a summer camps and other programs. The immediate goal is to attract a greater number of talented and diverse students to careers in engineering and the sciences.

     college for kids

    View the catalog to select your workshops and register. You can also view the catalog in these ways:

    • Download the 2016 Catalog (pdf)
    • Browse the 2016 Catalog (Flash)
    • College for Kids 2016 Schedule:

      Session I: June 13 - 23
      Session II: July 11 - 21

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