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Pre-Collegiate IPRO: Big Data Camp

Pre-Collegiate IPRO

Are you a high school student interested in adding to your experiences by learning about data science, managing large amounts of data, and visualizing it in creative ways? You can play an important role in improving public safety by developing creative and effective ways to connect with young people to prepare for and respond to fire emergencies. Collaborate with the American Red Cross and Illinois Tech faculty to apply Excel and other software to interpret and visualize neighborhood fire statistics that are compelling and meaningful to everyone – through various media: a presentation, a poster, an infographic, a simulation, a storybook. Test what you create on your friends, family and teachers! The Big Data Camp is a fast-paced one-week summer program for Chicago area high school students offered by Illinois Tech's signature Interprofessional Project (IPRO) Program with support from Motorola Solutions Foundation.

This program is now closed. We'll be accepting applications for the Summer 2020 session in the spring. 

Highlights of the Big Data Camp include:

  • Examining big data sets related to public safety and specifically fire emergencies in Chicago and the suburbs
  • ​Applying software tools like Excel to manipulate, understand and present real-world data that leads to breakthrough thinking and problem solving
  • Learning about the user-centered design, ideation and innovation methods taught at Illinois Tech and used by leading design professionals
  • ​Learning how to interpret statistics and large data sets to understand patterns and summarize insights and facts about fire emergencies and other public safety topics
  • ​Meeting our summer undergraduate IPRO teams working on a variety of challenges for the American Red Cross, Adler Planetarium and the Tsunami and Storm Surge Disaster Prevention Planning Station, Osaka, Japan, as well as faculty research projects focused to Innovations in Neuromuscular & Stroke Rehabilitation and the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition
  • ​Meeting professionals from Red Cross, Motorola Solutions and other organizations that use data science and user-centered design and information visualization methods


Completion of one year of high school


July 15 – July 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


$250 per student with need-based scholarships available


Illinois Tech Mies (Main) Campus, specific building TBD


  • Gain experience learning in an innovation environment
  • Enhance your credentials by adding academic university experience
  • Learn and apply data science and user-centered design methods to understanding and communicating complex information that is informative and can make a difference in people’s lives.

Course completion does not guarantee admission to Illinois Tech.


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