FUSE is the STEM Lab
of choice in schools across the country.
Over 200 schools and organizations currently implement FUSE, our choice-based STEM Lab program. Our different packages fit the needs of large and small schools, as well as afterschool and summer programs. Most of our schools implement FUSE over multiple years. Our goal is to provide a sustainable, innovative, equitable model for STEM learning in schools. To meet that goal, we train teachers to facilitate FUSE and offer year-round support to our facilitators to ensure success. FUSE is reaching over 29,000 students across the United States every year.
FUSE was started in the Chicago area in 2011 as an out-of-school STEAM learning program. It has now spread across the region to include school-based and district-wide implementations for both out-of-school and in-school STEAM learning, with full FUSE courses for both middle and high school students. District-wide partners include Schaumburg SD54, Crystal Lake SD47, and Evanston/Skokie SD65.
Adoption of FUSE has spread beyond Chicago to include FUSE Studios in middle and high schools in 18+ states. We are working to expand the FUSE learning community and foster collaboration for students and teachers across diverse learning environments.
FUSE is also being implemented outside the U.S. FUSE is partnering with the Education Department of the City Helsinki, Finland and Heureka Science Center to implement and research FUSE as part of their educational programming. FUSE is a way to realize Helsinki’s new curricular goals for phenomena-based education. FUSE Studios are currently in six schools, including Siltamaki Comprehensive School and Arabia Primary in Helsinki.
Everybody’s got something different to bring to FUSE, so when you put that all together, it’s a natural cohesion. There is no, I’m smarter, I am of more value. It’s everybody working together for a specific outcome.
Facilitator, Middle School
There’s that stigma in the classroom that failing is not okay. But in FUSE, and in video games, which all of our students love, failing is just learning.
Teacher, Elementary School
in FUSE, you have to work to get your answer. You have to work to figure out the problem. She’s never going to tell you the answer directly. You have to figure it out yourself.
I’ve discovered that I am smarter than I thought with technology and computers. I never thought I was good at it.
I think what FUSE has done that many other programs have not is really put the student first.
District STEM Coordinator
no matter how you structure your program, as long as you have the challenges and the kids, it is going to be one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever do.
Teacher, High School
I see confidence built in my students every single day.
Teacher, High School