About Fusion

New for 2021

In response to COVID-19, all professional development for Fusion 2021 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 fusion@imsa.edu 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 3-8.

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. 

Follow these Links to Get Started:

Step 1: Sign up for IMSA FUSION 2020 Grades 3-5 or Grades 6-8 (or both!)

Step 2: Review the curriculum choices for your grade band. Choose your curriculum topic(s)

Step 3: Sign up for the On-line Fusion Professional Development for your curriculum choice(s)

Step 4: Order your IMSA Fusion kits for your classroom (this link will take you to the Flinn Scientific website).