iSTEAM 2018

June 23–29, 2019

High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors will work together to solve environmental design challenges in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning. Bring your curiosity and enter the linked worlds of science, technology, engineering, design arts, and math for a week at an internationally recognized research university. Join us for creative innovation!

Apply by May 1, 2019, for full consideration

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In this intriguing hands-on program, students will form mock firms to collaborate and solve problems in environmental science, architectural engineering, and design technology. By working on projects and taking campus excursions, you will strengthen your abilities and gain knowledge about professional fields of study:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking, curiosity, adaptability, and initiative
  • Appreciate the skills and imagination needed to design, create, and use technologies
  • Explore architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning
Other Features

Students will showcase their accomplishments on June 29.

FAA faculty members, graduate students, and recent graduates teach all courses. Our passionate educators will help you thrive as you get a taste of campus life.

Housing and Meals

Students share rooms in University of Illinois residence halls that are furnished with beds, desks, and dressers. Resident advisors and FAA counselors staff housing areas and supervise iSTEAM participants. All resident advisors are University of Illinois students trained in community building, problem solving, and emergency procedures.

Students staying in the residence halls are automatically enrolled in a plan that includes three meals each day served in the dining halls. Those who select the commuter option are automatically enrolled in a Monday–Friday meal plan that includes lunch and dinner only plus dinner on Sunday.

A nightly curfew of 10 p.m. is strictly enforced. All students must report back to their residence halls at this time.


Program deposit with application: $50 (nonrefundable)

Residential program fee: $700 (includes instruction, evening activities, housing, and meals)

Commuter program fee: $500 (includes instruction and evening activities plus lunch and dinner Monday–Friday and dinner on Sunday)

Course Supplies

Once you're accepted to iSTEAM, you will receive a course supply list. We expect the items to cost no more than $50.

Spending Money

Although it's not required, it's fun to have $50 in spending money. Most students enjoy shopping at the Illini Union Bookstore for Illinois gear during the week on campus.

Scholarships and Payment Plans

Scholarships for iSTEAM are awarded to some winners of the Discover FAA High School Competitions.

Payment plans are available upon request. All payment plans must be paid in full by May 1, 2019. Contact Kristi Martin-Hoss ( to set up a payment plan.


All students must have completed their freshman, sophomore, or junior year of high school by summer 2019.

Students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application to the program is encouraged.

1. Applications are currently being accepted. Applications will be accepted after May 1 while space is available. The $50 application fee must accompany the application to secure your spot.

2. All international students must prove competency in the English language at the time of application. Submit TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS scores or a supporting letter from a school counselor or English teacher with your application.

3. Applicants will be notified of their admission status on a rolling basis beginning in March 2019 and will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is encouraged.

4. Submit the program fee no later than May 1, 2019. Any accepted student who has not paid the program fee by May 1 will be dropped from iSTEAM. For convenience, fees may be paid in installments. Contact Kristi Martin-Hoss at to create a payment plan.

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Refund Policy

All withdrawals must be requested in writing. The postmark date or email date will be honored as the withdrawal date.

  • Withdrawal before May 1, 2019: 100 percent refund minus $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Withdrawal before May 31, 2019: 50 percent refund minus $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Withdrawal after June 1, 2010: No refund

If a student is asked to leave the program for violations of school policies or regulations, no refund will be issued.