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Summer Institiute @IMSA - Innovation & Entrepreneurship Design Institute

Sue Fricano, IN2 Site Coordinator

Monday, June 12, 2017 at 8:30 AM - Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 3:00 PM (CDT)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Design Thinking, Norman "Storm" Robinson, Ph.D., Monday June 12, 2017 Jun 5, 2017 $125.00 $7.87
Designing Innovation Spaces, Britta McKenna, Tuesday June 13, 2017 Jun 6, 2017 $125.00 $7.87
Makerspace Fast Start, Erik Swanson, Wednesday June 14, 2017 Jun 7, 2017 $125.00 $7.87
Entrepreneurship Education, Carl Heine, Ph.D., Thursday June 15, 2017 Jun 8, 2017 $125.00 $7.87
Design Institute - all 4 days Jun 5, 2017 $400.00 $22.99
"Live Lab" Educator & Student, Teaching Entrepreneurship, Carl Heine, July 10-14, 2017 Jun 30, 2017 $175.00 $10.62

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Experience a one, two, three or four day professional development experience at IN2, IMSA’s new innovation center. Each day is independent, though participation in all four days gives participants the ability to apply new knowledge using design thinking principles and active hands-on and minds on activities.  You are encouraged to come with one or more members from your school or organization team.


Norman "Storm" Robinson III, Ph.D

Executive Director, IMSA Professional Field Services

Monday June 12, 2017 - 8:30am to 3pm


This one-day workshop is for educators or individuals wishing to explore how to use design thinking to support innovative practice and creative solution-finding. Activities are designed for use in the classroom and can be translated to other ventures. June 12, $125 (one day price)


Britta McKenna

IMSA Chief Innovation Officer

Tuesday June 13, 2017 - 8:30am to 3pm


Britta McKenna

Are you charged with exploring, designing or operating a new innovation or makerspace in your school, library or community center? This workshop is held at IN2, IMSA's new 6,400 square foot innovation center and includes:

  •  Lessons learned from designing and operating IMSA's new innovation center, IN2;
  •  Insights from visiting state of the art innovation spaces from Silicon Valley to Boston;
  •  Types of furniture, site amenities, hardware and software to consider for innovation spaces;
  •  Robust Q & A.

Bring along dimensions and photos for a future space and leave with the framework of a plan to execute or come with an open mind to get started on designing your organizations future innovation space.  June 13, $125 (one day price)


Erik Swanson

IN2 Makerspace Manager

Wednesday June 14, 2017, 8:30am  to 3:00pm

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This one-day intensive program prepares you to operate a makerspace in your school, library or community center. Spend the day at IMSA's state of the art makerspace in IN2. Delve into the software, hardware, student engagement, and programs you need to get your makerspace kick started, and go home with our fast start handbook. June 14, $125 (one day price)


Carl Heine, Ph.D.

IMSA TALENT Program Director

Thursday June 15, 2017 - 8:30am to 3pm

Carl Heine

This workshop is led by Dr. Carl Heine Director of the IMSA TALENT entrepreneurship program and also includes IMSA student leaders.  This day covers lean start-up methodology, student entrepreneurship programming, internships, Chicago's 1871 digital incubator, the TALENT entrepreneurship curriculum, Power Pitch (IMSA's teen pitch contest) and engaging group work in the design of entrepreneurial teaching and learning. June 15, $125 (one day price)

Interested in participating in a one-week middle school entrepreneurship camp for professional development or to purchase a license to deliver this after-school or summer program in your area?  See "Live Lab" Educator & Student, Teaching Entrepreneurship below.


Audience:  Adult educators/technology and innovation professionals.

Lunch and all supplies are included. Please contact Sue Fricano at for special dietary or ADA needs.  

Bring your laptop or tablet.

Dress comfortably.

Park in IMSA's east parking lot and enter through main front door. 


(seperate sign up see link below under registration information)

IMSA Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Design Institutes provide participants with experience as PBL learners engaged in a problem. From this experience, the participants analyze the critical elements of IMSA’s PBL model through dialogue with fellow participants and facilitators. They apply this knowledge as they engage in the design process for a problem to be used in their own classrooms. Participants receive instruction and mentoring from a team of experienced PBL practitioners. 

In this institute participants will:

      Identify learning objectives linked to state and national standards and benchmarks
      Design a PBL scenario considering local context
      Develop problem materials and documents
      Understand coaching in PBL
      Design assessment opportunities and the problem documents

Registration Information:

July 10-14 “Live Lab”Educator & Student, 8:30am - 3pm

Teaching Entrepreneurship – Carl Heine, Ph.D.

Carl Heine

This hands-on professional development experience provides participants proven methods for teaching entrepreneurship to middle school and high school students. Students form and run startup teams, develop new products, services, effective business models, marketing strategies, pitch to investors and use the money raised to go to market. July 10-14, $175 (curriculum may be purchased separately)

NEW! Schools (located 25 miles from Aurora, IL) may purchase a license to use Lifecycle of a Startup and deduct the price of this program from the purchase price. 


Have questions about Summer Institiute @IMSA - Innovation & Entrepreneurship Design Institute? Contact Sue Fricano, IN2 Site Coordinator

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IMSA - IN2, Steve and Jamie Chen Center for Innovation & Inquiry
1500 Sullivan Rd.
Aurora, IL 60506

Monday, June 12, 2017 at 8:30 AM - Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 3:00 PM (CDT)

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