Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

igniting and nurturing creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition


About Fusion

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.

Fusion applications for the 2016-2017 school year are now closed. Thank you all for applying this year. We are currently reviewing the applications and will be contacting schools soon with our decisions.

Please click here for current Fusion partner schools:  Illinois Partner Sites

The teacher and principal surveys close on April 30, 2016. The parent and student surveys will close on May 30, 2016.
Would you like to receive information about IMSA Fusion? We are happy to hear from you. Please contact: Dora Phillips, Director of Statewide Educator Initiatives Tel: 630-907-5858 Fax: 630-907-5893 Email: