Special Events and Competitions

Throughout the year, Elevate College Prep at Illinois Tech partners with academic departments at the university and other Chicago-area organizations to provide educational and experiential learning opportunities for high school and middle school students across the region. 

High school students who participate in specific Elevate College Prep events can earn an EDGE Award! EDGE Awards can be applied toward the cost of an Elevate experience—including summer programs, dual-enrollment courses, and more—or they can save the award and use it to fund an Elevate experience as an student, should they pursue a bachelor's degree at Illinois Tech!

Start signing up for events today by creating an Excelerate account! Be sure to choose Illinois Tech as your preferred opportunity provider when you sign-up. 


Watch this video to learn how to sign up

Upcoming Events

Biology Building Blocks: Cancer and Pathogens
November 10, 10 a.m. CST

In this Elevate project, students will learn about the most important methods to handle and culture microorganisms and cancer cells.

Humanizing Technology: An Introduction to User Experience
November 18, 10 a.m. CST

Students will learn about the fundamentals of user experience (UX), including user personas and user journey mapping, about how to apply these fundamentals to a variety of everyday objects, and how to participate in a hands-on UX design exercise. 

Sign-up for these events and more on Excelerate.


Watch this video to learn how to sign up