Boeing FUSE Grants

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Bring innovative STEAM Programming to your School!

Join our Community of Teachers, Schools and Districts.

Applications due February 24, 2019


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We are partnering with Boeing to launch FUSE at eleven Chicago Public Schools. Boeing’s focus is to generate interest and sustained participation in STEM disciplines through hands-on, experiential learning.

Each grant will provide support for two years of programming starting in the fall of 2019, including two 3D printers, software, scaffolded STEAM activities, consumables and website access: a $26,000 value. Join the community of 185 schools nationwide that are already implementing FUSE with students in 4th-12th grade.

Grant Details

  1. What does FUSE look like in action?
  2. What does the grant include?
  3. Does my school qualify for this grant?
  4. What are the funding priorities?
  5. What do we need to provide?
  6. What is the application process?


What is FUSE?


FUSE is a 4th-12th grade STEAM education program designed to engage all learners in a variety of formal and informal spaces. FUSE ignites and nurtures STEAM exploration through an innovative challenge-based approach and studio-like environment. FUSE facilitates learning through ‘making’, develops 21st century skills, and builds collaborative, youth-centered learning communities.

FUSE Challenges, the learning activities of the program, are designed to introduce STEAM concepts and skills in a fun and engaging way. Youth choose the challenges they want to work on and progress at their own pace. Challenges are based in STEAM topics likes architecture, 3D design and printing, robotics, music mixing, animation and more. For more information on our challenges visit the Challenge Gallery.


What does FUSE look like in action?

Our youth-driven approach to STEAM exploration is supported by a robust web platform that allows youth to access instructions and video tutorials on-demand, helps youth track their progress, and stores their work between Studio sessions. Adults take on the role of "facilitators" at FUSE, modeling problem-solving behavior for students and encouraging authentic forms of peer collaboration. Most FUSE Studios are run during the school day, either as a required course or an elective (see how other schools offer FUSE). FUSE is highly flexible, so you can decide what type of implementation is right for your school and your students. FUSE is also offered as a for-credit course in many schools, including within the Chicago Public Schools.


What does the grant include?

This grant gives each awarded school two years of implementation of the FUSE program. This includes:

  • Site license for the FUSE Innovate package (26 challenges), which supports 25-30 students at a time and can be offered multiple periods per day (a $20,000 value)
  • Challenge materials, including two 3D printers (Prusa i3 Mk3's)
  • Website access for unlimited youth and facilitators
  • Facilitator training. Training will consist of a two day workshop held in Chicago over the 2019 summer.
  • Year-round implementation support from the FUSE team
  • Renewal fee for the 20-21 school year ($6,000 value)
  • $800 towards materials and new challenges to re-supply your Studio over the two years.


Does my school qualify for this grant?

To qualify for these grants your school must be an elementary or middle school within the Chicago Public Schools.


Funding priorities

The top priority of these grants is to fund FUSE implementations that will have a significant impact on young people and will help building leadership fulfill their vision for their school. We will prioritize proposals for in-school, class-based FUSE implementations. Priority will also be given to schools that serve a majority of students that qualify for free or reduced lunch or are of an under-represented minority background.

For help aligning your proposal to these priorities please contact Henry Mann, FUSE Program Director at


What does my school need to provide?

  • A facilitator. With all the support on the website, this person does not have to be a STEAM expert. The most important quality for a FUSE facilitator is the ability to engage with a diverse group of young people and a high level of comfort with learning new technologies alongside students.
  • 1:1 computers PC's, Mac's, and Chromebooks will all work. More info on recommended computer specs here.
  • A room with plenty of work space for individuals and groups, at tables and on the floor.
  • Fast Internet connection capable of supporting multiple simultaneous video streams.
  • Robust IT support to help with software installation and technical troubleshooting.


What does the grant application process look like?

  • Grant Applications are due at 11:59pm CST on February 24th, 2019.
  • Second-round interviews will be conducted during the week of March 4th.
  • Finalist schools will notified the week of March 18th.
  • Materials will be delivered mid-summer 2019; facilitator training will be held in late summer 2019.
  • The grant period will end on June 30th, 2021.

Applications due February 24, 2019

These grants are made possible by a generous grant to FUSE from The Boeing Corporation.