New for 2019!
The Engineering Design & Build Curriculum is now 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.
2019-20 Fusion Professional Development
Registration for 2019-20 Fusion Professional Development is now open. We are offering training for all 16 Fusion curricula at IMSA, in Springfield, Illinois and in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Follow the links to choose your curricula, training dates, and order your supplies.
Follow the Links to Get Started:
Step 1: Review the curriculum choices for your grade band. Check out the new 4th-5th grade Organized sound: STEM in Music.Choose your curriculum topic(s)
Step 2: Register for the Professional Development session, be sure you can attend on the provided dates.
Step 3: Order your IMSA Fusion kits for your classroom (this link will take you to the Flinn Scientific website).
- IMSA Fusion 4th/5th grade curriculum offerings
- IMSA Fusion 6th-8th grade curriculum offerings
- 2019 Fusion PD registration
- Order Fusion kits here
Professional Development Dates & Locations
|June 13-14||4-5||Music: Organized Sound (new for 2019)||Flinn Scientific, Batavia|
|June 18-19||6-8||Secret Communications: Sharing Concealed Messages||Flinn Scientific, Batavia|
|June 25-26||6-8||Material Science: Living in a Material World||Flinn Scientific, Batavia|
|June 27-28||6-8||Biological Toolkit||Flinn Scientific, Batavia|
|July 9-10||4-5||Climate Change: The Future is Now||Flinn Scientific, Batavia|
|July 11-12||4-5||Fighting Fire with STEM||Flinn Scientific, Batavia|
|July 16-17||4-5||You Be the Judge||Flinn Scientific, Batavia|
|July 18-19||6-8||Take Flight: Investigating the Aviation Industry||Flinn Scientific, Batavia|
|July 23-24||4-5||Engineering: Design & Build||Flinn Scientific, Batavia|
|Aug 1-2||4-5||Synthetic Scorecard: Building the Future of Biology||Flinn Scientific, Batavia|
|Sept 12-13||6-8||Mars: Manifest Destiny||IMSA|
|Sept 17-18||4-5||What’s the Story, Data?||IMSA|
|Sept 19-20||6-8||Medieval: STEM Through the Middle Ages||IMSA|
|Sept 24-25||4-5||Dive-In: Oceanographic Engineering||IMSA|
|Oct 1-2||4-5||Music: Organized Sound (new for 2019)||IMSA|
|Oct 3-4||6-8||Out of the Silo: Agronomic STEM||IMSA|
|August 8||6-8||Biological Toolkit||Mt. Vernon – Drury Inn|
|August 8||6-8||Secret Communications: Sharing Concealed Messages||Mt. Vernon – Drury Inn|
|August 8||4-5||Dive-In: Oceanographic Engineering||Mt. Vernon – Drury Inn|
|August 8||4-5||Music: Organized Sound (new for 2019)||Mt. Vernon – Drury Inn|
|August 8||4-5||What’s the Story, Data?||Mt. Vernon – Drury Inn|
|August 9||4-5||Engineering: Design & Build||Mt. Vernon – Drury Inn|
|August 9||4-5||Fighting Fire with STEM||Mt. Vernon –Drury Inn|
|August 9||6-8||Material Science: Living in a Material World||Mt. Vernon – Drury Inn|
|August 9||6-8||Take Flight: Investigating the Aviation Industry||Mt. Vernon – Drury Inn|
|June 20-21||4-5||Synthetic Scorecard: Building the Future of Biology||Springfield – Crowne Plaza|
|June 20-21||6-8||Biological Toolkit||Springfield – Crowne Plaza|
|June 25-26||6-8||Mars: Manifest Destiny||Springfield – Crowne Plaza|
|June 25-26||4-5||You Be the Judge||Springfield – Crowne Plaza|
|July 17||4-5||Climate Change: The Future is Now||Springfield – Crowne Plaza|
|July 17||6-8||Out of the Silo: Agronomic STEM||Springfield – Crowne Plaza|
|Sept 11-12||6-8||Medieval: STEM Through the Middle Ages||Springfield|
|Sept 11-12||4-5||Engineering: Design & Build||Springfield|
|Sept 25-26||4-5||Music: Organized Sound (new for 2019)||Springfield|