Special Events

Throughout the year, Pre-College Programs at Illinois Tech partners with academic departments and other Chicago area organizations to provide educational and experiential learning opportunities for students across the region. Here are a few of the programs we collaborate on throughout the year.

Chicago Public Schools Virtual Field Trip
City of Big Shoulders College Fair: Exploring Your Own Backyard with Illinois Tech

Thursday, October 29, 5-6:30 p.m. (Central Time)
Open to Grades 9-12

Explore a university in your own backyard at the City of Big Shoulders Fair with Illinois Tech. In this event, current Illinois Tech students and recent alumni will spill the tea on campus life, the student community, academics, and finding a job after college. Don't miss the exclusive chance to hear about their experiences and ask them your questions first hand, as they tell you why you should study at Chicago's premiere STEM university.

Panel Discussion Topics:

  • Living on Campus vs. Commuting
  • College is More than Just Classes: Getting Involved in Student Clubs, Athletics, and Greek Life
  • How to Slay Your College Classes
  • Out in the Real World: Finding that Dream Job After College
  • AMA Admission Counselor Edition


Chicago Public Schools Virtual Field Trip
Experiential Design Thinking IPRO

Friday, November 6, 1-3 p.m. (Central Time)
Open to Grades 9-12

Learn about one of the hallmarks of an Illinois Tech education. Since 1995 our IPRO Program has been a bragging right for Illinois Tech. It remains one of just a few programs like it in the country. IPRO joins students from various majors to work in teams to solve real-world problems, often on behalf of companies and nonprofits that sponsor the projects. IPRO allows you to gain firsthand experience working with engineers, scientists, business people, psychologists, technologists, and architects to attack a challenge and create smart solutions with measurable impacts.

In small groups, CPS students will be led through the design thinking process in drafting and building a creative solution and prototype to a problem stemming from COVID-19. After going through the process, students will pitch their prototype to the group.


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