Student Track

“We can significantly improve life on our planet.”

The goal of the student track is to introduce students to the three UN SDGs, hear from experts in the field, and participate in hands-on workshops to foster collaboration and sharing among students. This will foster opportunities for students to develop their learning and peer relationships. IMSA believes the proposed student track will provide the impetus for students to build international and interdisciplinary relationships during ISSF, that will continue after ISSF with students collaborating and sharing into the future.

FAQs – Students

We have compiled this list of general questions about attending ISSF, IMSA, and the USA, we have been receiving from students into a list of FAQs. You can access them here: ISSF FAQs – Students  

 

Track Description

ISSF 2018 is a five-day experience of talks, panels, workshops, field trips and social events. The full event program for all attendees can be accessed here: ISSF 2018 ProgramDuring ISSF students will specifically listen to and participate in panel discussions, a design sprint, workshops and give poster presentations. A brief description of each day is as follows. 

Wednesday, June 27
Opening Ceremony and Zero Hunger Conversation

Students will participate in the ISSF Opening Ceremony, welcoming them to ISSF 2018. They will then participate in a day-long conversation about UN SDG 2: Zero Hunger. They will listen to a panel of experts on ways to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food. They will also participate in a design sprint, an engaging, team problem-solving event in which they will be immersed in thinking and problem solving about how to address the goal of Zero Hunger. 

Resources
1. Team Handout 1 – Participant Guide
2. Team Handout 2 – Why It Matters
3. Team Handout 3 – World Food Programme Fast Facts
4. Team Handout 4 – World Hunger Map 2015

Thursday, June 28
Poster Sessions and Chicago Excursions

During the morning, students will present posters of projects from their home schools across a variety of subjects. This will foster opportunities for students to develop their learning, presentation skills and share with the ISSF community their projects. In the afternoon, all attendees will participate in a Chicago Excursion and end the day with an evening at The University of Chicago.

Friday, June 29
Affordable and Clean Energy and Chicago Field Trips

Students will participate in a day-long conversation about UN SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy. They will listen to a panel of experts discuss how energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today, and participate in workshops on nuclear power, microbial fuel cells and wind turbines. In the afternoon, all attendees will participate in a Chicago Field Trip and end the day with an International Celebration.  

Saturday, June 30
Student Research Presentations

Students will participate in research presentations, sharing their research from their home schools across a variety of subjects. This will foster opportunities for students to develop their learning, presentation skills and share their research with the ISSN community. In the evening, Attendees will enjoy a choice of evening social activities.

Sunday, July 1
Clean Water and Sanitation and Closing Ceremony

Students will participate in a day-long conversation about UN SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation. They will listen to a panel of experts share about how clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in and participate in workshops on water filtration systems, Daphnia Magna and the impact of carbon dioxide in the world’s water systems. The day will close with a “Reflect and Connect” session and a celebration during the closing ceremony at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI).   

IMSA Student Life

IMSA believes that it is a student’s responsibility during the student’s three years at the Academy, to reach the student’s full potential in all areas of development with a special emphasis on leadership. The Student Life staff facilitate this by providing appropriate interventions, support mechanisms, services and learning opportunities to help students reach their potential and to be healthy, ethical, productive members of the local and global communities. Learn more about the IMSA Student Life program. 

“We can significantly improve life on our planet.”

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy