Get Started with FUSE

Are you ready to bring FUSE to your school? Our program is designed to be flexible and accessible to all schools. A wide range of schools have launched FUSE studios: public and private, urban and rural, elementary through high school. Keep reading for information on how your school can join them.

Technology Requirements

The choice and student-directed learning in FUSE relies on our partner schools having the right technology in place.


  • 1:1 computers for students in FUSE (desktops or laptops) (slightly modified challenge list for Chromebooks)
  • Fast internet connection
  • Robust IT support for software installation and tech troubleshooting

Setting up your FUSE Studio

We recommend that our partner schools have a dedicated space for FUSE. This presents an opportunity to think creatively about what kind of physical space best compliments the FUSE learning experience. While our program can work successfully in almost any classroom, following are a few of our recommendations for designing a FUSE studio.


  • Table Space
  • Floor Space
  • Cabinets or Shelving for FUSE Kits
  • Tables for Technologies (if you implement at the Innovate level) e.g. 3D printers & vinyl cutter.


  • Display cabinets or shelves to showcase student work
  • Movable tables and chairs
  • Counter height tables
  • In-classroom sink
  • Flexible whiteboards or display surfaces

Train your Facilitators

Teachers play a different role in a FUSE Studio. We provide professional development training prior to FUSE implementation for teachers in your school or district. Our training addresses all aspects of this exciting facilitation role.



Our training is a two day event that helps educators understand the FUSE approach to supporting student learning. We cover all issues related to implementation and discuss best practices in depth.

Trainings are held periodically at Northwestern University and can be held at other locations by arrangement.

Pricing & Funding FUSE

FUSE is a not-for-profit program within the context of a University-based research project. Licensing fees help support program development and operations. Other funding for FUSE comes from federal and private foundation grants. FUSE is available in three packages—Innovate, Create, and Discover—for different implementation models.

Download the pricing sheet below for full details of each package. Startup costs cover training and hardware that you will use throughout your FUSE implementation. The annual renewal is also outlined in the full pricing sheet, which covers a credit towards re-supply and access to new challenges which are released throughout each academic year.


PACKAGE DETAILS Discover Create Innovate
# of Challenges 8 22 29
All Kits and Hardware for included Challenges
Facilitator Training
Facilitator Support
3D Printers
Startup Cost $7,000 $17,500 $20,000
Annual Renewal $2,500 $5,000 $6,000


FUSE offers grants annually to a limited number of studios thanks to generous support from our partners. Grant opportunities are posted here in January and applications close in March. Please join our mailing list to be notified about FUSE grant opportunities.


A full FUSE implementation is called the Innovate package. This package includes 29 challenges, two 3D printers, a vinyl cutter, a full set of challenge kits, a studio supply and a backup supply kit. We recommend Innovate if you are considering in-school implementations.


We also offer Create, which has 22 challenges and includes the 3D printers, vinyl cutter and kits for the included challenges; and Discover, which includes eight challenges and is designed for short-term FUSE implementations like a summer program or after-school club.

Possible Funding Sources

Schools fund FUSE through a variety of creative resources. Consider these resources as you plan for a FUSE implementation, and email us to discuss implementation strategies used by our partner schools and districts.

District Funding

Most of our partner districts are using district funding to support a FUSE implementation.

Local Fundraising

Many of our partner schools have been able to raise money to support their FUSE studios through local fundraising. This can include PTO campaigns as well as securing donations from local small businesses. Even getting a local business to sponsor your 3D printers for FUSE can save you ~$2500.

Corporate Grants

Is your community home to any major corporations? Many companies, both big and small, have foundations or grant programs that your school can apply to. Even better, we’ve found that a lot of companies have identified STEM education as a philanthropic priority. We encourage you to research what local resources can be leveraged to fund your studio.

FUSE Partnership Grants

Annually FUSE seeks partners who fund FUSE studios in schools. When we have grants available, the application process opens in January and closes in March.

Federal Funds

Our partners have also taken advantage of federal funds to implement FUSE. Explore these programs further through your district or on the program websites.
+ Title 1 Part A—College and Career Readiness
+ Title I, Section 1003(g) – School Improvement Grants
+ Title IV, Part B: 21st Century Community Learning Centers
+ Career and Technical Education (Perkins Act)
+ Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 611
+ Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) Rural and Low Income (RLIS)
+ Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) Small Rural Schools (SRSA)
+ Alaska Native Education Equity