Chicago Public Schools Student Science Fair, Inc. to Partner with Illinois Tech to Host 69th Chicago Public Schools Annual Exhibition of Student STEM Research

Hundreds of CPS Students from Grades 7-12 will Gather for the First Time at Illinois Institute of Technology to Present their STEM Research Projects


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Chicago, IL — March 18, 2019 —

Illinois Institute of Technology today announced that it will host the Chicago Public Schools Exhibition of Student Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research for the first time at its main campus in Chicago March 18-24.

Each year, more than 200 students from grades 7-12 from across the CPS system participate in the annual STEM Exhibition, which has awarded more than $3 million in student scholarships to date, including cash grants and tuition waivers from Illinois Tech, DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago. The top student STEM projects will go on to compete for awards at the statewide Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Fair, and four (4) high school students will be selected to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ.

Hundreds of volunteer judges from universities, corporations and the private sector will be on hand to participate in the 69th Annual STEM Exhibition, which will feature competitions in 16 unique STEM categories. This year’s theme, “Exploring the Unexplored through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” will encourage students to challenge themselves to apply critical thinking skills in order to “discover, create, and solve,” in accordance with the mission of Illinois Tech.

“Illinois Institute of Technology has been a place where students embrace the challenge of imagining solutions and making them real, and we are proud to host the next generation of these problem solvers at the 69th Annual CPS Exhibition of Student STEM Research,” said President Alan W. Cramb, Illinois Institute of Technology. “We are confident that these young innovators will go on to be the leaders of tomorrow’s STEM community, solving some of society’s most pressing challenges with the skills they learn here at Illinois Tech.”

Illinois Tech will join Corporate Sponsors BP America, Motorola Solutions Foundation, ComEd, an Exelon Company, Peoples Gas and Chicago Public Schools in supporting this year’s Exhibition, to be held at the Hermann Hall Conference Center on Illinois Tech’s Mies Campus. The Student STEM Exhibition will be open to the public from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Friday, March 22, and from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 23.

CPS Student Science Fair Inc. Board member and Illinois Tech alumnus Roy Coleman (PHYS ’64) helped to bring this year’s event to Illinois Institute of Technology.

“As an Illinois Tech graduate, I know first-hand the inspiring and transformative impact that this campus can have on the lives of young students,” said Coleman. “Whether it be through the Chicago Regional and International Bridge Building Competition or through this year’s CPS STEM Exhibit, we at Illinois Tech hope to foster an environment of lifelong learning, so that today’s students can continue in their pursuit of exploring the unexplored.”

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About Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, is a private, technology-focused research university. Illinois Tech is the only university of its kind in Chicago, and its Chicago location offers students access to the world-class resources of a great global metropolis. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law. One of 21 institutions that comprise the Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU), Illinois Tech provides an exceptional education centered on active learning, and its graduates lead the state and much of the nation in economic prosperity. Illinois Tech uniquely prepares students to succeed in professions that require technological sophistication, an innovative mindset, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Visit


Chicago Public Schools Student Science Fair, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization chartered to sponsor the annual CPS Exhibition of Student STEM Research. In addition to sponsoring the annual Exhibition of STEM Research, CPS Student Science Fair Inc. provides after school science programs, student mentoring, and college scholarships for CPS students through corporate and individual donations. For more information about supporting the activities of Chicago Public Schools Student Science Fair, Inc., visit