New for 2020
In response to COVID 19, all professional development for Fusion 2020 will be conducted online — see more information below!
The Engineering Design & Build and Climate Change: The Future is Now are both available in Spanish. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this offering.
IMSA Fusion is a teacher professional development and student STEM enrichment program for Illinois students who are talented, interested and motivated in mathematics and science. IMSA Fusion places a special emphasis on students who are historically underrepresented in those areas. Fusion works with teachers and students in grades 4-8.
In brief, the program goals are:
- Maintain or increase students interest, involvement and literacy in science and mathematics
- Enhance the knowledge and skills of teachers in science, mathematics, and technology; stimulate excellence in schools
- Stimulate excellence in schools’ science and mathematics programs
- Help increase access to programming for students who are historically under-resourced in science, mathematics and technology and for all areas of the state
By design, the IMSA Fusion curriculum is inquiry based, problem centered and integrative. The learning experiences focus on helping students “learn how to learn” and emphasize logic, mathematical thinking and experimental scientific thinking. Topics relate to the students’ lives, thereby arousing their curiosity and increasing their motivation to learn in mathematics and science. Teachers from each participating school are supported with on-going professional development for the delivery of the curriculum and use of appropriate pedagogy. Teachers select two STEM modules from a menu of twelve to learn and deliver each year. Partner schools are provided with curriculum, classroom kits, and ongoing teacher development and support for the annual delivery of two units of hands-on, minds-on STEM.
2020-21 Fusion Professional Development
In response to COVID 19, all professional development for Fusion 2020 will be conducted online. A variety of sessions to best meet our teacher’s needs will available beginning in July. Sessions will be recorded and available to all Fusion teachers. Specific details will be posted on this website on July 1, 2020.
REGISTER for IMSA FUSION 2020 HERE
Follow the Links to Get Started:
Step 1: Register for IMSA FUSION 2020
Step 2: Review the curriculum choices for your grade band. Choose your curriculum topic(s)
Step 3: Order your IMSA Fusion kits for your classroom (this link will take you to the Flinn Scientific website).
- IMSA Fusion 2020 Registration
- IMSA Fusion 3rd-5th grade curriculum offerings
- IMSA Fusion 6th-8th grade curriculum offerings
- Order Fusion kits here
Professional Development Dates
2020 Fusion Kickoff for 3rd-5th grade — May 28, 2020 — 9:00am* register here
2020 Fusion Kickoff for 6th-8th grade — May 28, 2020 — 10:00am* register here
*these sessions will be recorded for those who cannot attend.
In response to COVID 19, all professional development for Fusion 2020 will be conducted online. A variety of sessions for each topic which are tailored to best meet our teacher’s needs will available beginning in July. Sessions will be recorded and available to all Fusion teachers. Specific details will be posted on our website on July 1, 2020. No sessions will require teachers to miss school days for 2020-2021.