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IMSA to get $3.6M from state for laboratories

Ryan Man dissects eyeball cow during Science Explorers Jr. summer camp Tuesday June 26 2012 Illinois Math Science Academy Aurora.

Ryan Man dissects the eyeball of a cow during a Science Explorers, Jr. summer camp on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora. | Steven Buyansky~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 31, 2014 6:19AM

AURORA — Gov. Pat Quinn Saturday announced a $3.6 million investment from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program to upgrade laboratories at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora.

“We have a responsibility to ensure Illinois students compete and succeed on the world stage,” Quinn said.

“This improved laboratory will allow students to learn first-hand how the world around them functions, providing them with opportunities to explore and discover that will help them in college, career and beyond.”

The $3.6 million will allow IMSA to reconfigure eight laboratories in the “A” wing of the Math and Science Academy building in Aurora. The work will include replacing casework, countertops, cabinets, and fume hoods; upgrading the plumbing, electrical, data/telecommunication and climate control systems; and modifying gas, water, and waste piping.

The Illinois Capital Development Board, which will manage the construction project, will award a contract for the work following a competitive bidding process.

“The state’s investment, coupled with private sector support for advanced scientific equipment and educational programs, will enable IMSA to strengthen our curriculum and pioneer new methods of teaching and learning for the future,” IMSA President Catherine C. Veal said.

As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the state of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students in grades 10 to 12 in its advanced, residential college preparatory program.

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