Special Events and Competitions

Throughout the year, Elevate College Prep 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!

Bridge Building Contest

When: Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Where: Hermann Hall Auditorium

What: Chicago is a city of bridges—the most anywhere in North America. Show off your physics, engineering, and design skills in the #1 city for bridges. 

Challenge high school students from throughout the area to see who can construct the best model bridge. The bridges are judged on their efficiency in holding a load. 

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Set Up a Group Visit

Elevate College Prep invites high schools and middle schools in Chicago, the Chicago area, and beyond to join us on campus for a visit that can include either: 

  • An admission overview and campus tour (approximately two hours)
  • An Elevate College Prep Experience, which includes an admission overview, campus tour, and a hands-on activity (four to five hours)

Set Up a Visit