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IMSA FUSION Program Selected For National STEM Database

After a rigorous review, the IMSA FUSION Program was selected as one of only 20 from throughout the country to be included in Change the Equation’s STEM Works database.

Change the Equation (CTEq) is a non-partisan, non-profit CEO led coalition of corporate leaders dedicated to mobilizing the business community to improve the quality of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning in the United States.

IMSA President Dr. Glenn W. “Max” McGee said the IMSA FUSION teachers and staff are to be commended for their hard work in achieving this difficult yet remarkable goal.

“To be recognized by national business leaders as a STEM program that meets a ‘high bar of effectiveness’ is something that is truly remarkable given the rigorous review process by their team,” Dr. McGee said.  “The inclusion of IMSA FUSION in this national STEM database will set us apart and allow us to connect with program advocates and funders who are looking to support STEM programs—especially those that serve underrepresented students.”

IMSA FUSION Program Director Jami Breslin said the inclusion into the CTEq national STEM database will allow FUSION to expand its reach to more elementary and middle school students and teachers throughout Illinois, while also improving the quality and effectiveness of its program.

“IMSA FUSION's induction into CTEq STEM Works is a tremendous honor,” said Breslin. “We strive for research-based, data-driven STEM programming to deliver IMSA's best practice teaching and learning to students and teachers across Illinois. Based on CTEq's Design Principles of Effective STEM Philanthropy, IMSA FUSION is impacting schools while meeting a compelling need to engage students, especially those underserved in STEM, with hands-on, rigorous curriculum,” Breslin added.  

“CTEq has elevated our energy and excitement to build on our great work in STEM!”

IMSA FUSION is a hands-on after-school enrichment program for students in grades 4-8 who are talented and motivated in mathematics and science and also includes a professional development component for teachers.  Currently, IMSA has 111 programs in 84 schools throughout Illinois.

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