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.
TECH YOU NEED
- 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.
STUDIO SPACE REQUIREMENTS
- 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.
NICE-TO-HAVES IN A FUSE STUDIO
- Display cabinets or shelves to showcase student work
- Movable tables and chairs
- Counter height tables
- In-classroom sink
- Flexible whiteboards or display surfaces
Our training is a two day event which 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.
TEACHERS TALK ABOUT FUSE
In this video, teachers explain the process of facilitating FUSE and adopting facilitation practices in their classroom teaching.
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.
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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.
CREATE and DISCOVER
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.
FUSE Partnership Grants
2020 FUSE grant applications are now open. Grant applications are due on February 24, 2020. Complete details for the two year grants are listed on each application page. Be sure to check out our FAQ page, too!
FUSE is excited to announce our 2020 studio grants for Chicago Public Schools, courtesy of Boeing. Up to 11 CPS schools will receive a two year grant for FUSE, a $26,000 value. Priority will be given to schools serving a high percentage of low income students (80% or higher), particularly schools located on the west and south sides.
Boeing is also supporting grants to schools in Madison County, Alabama. Up to eight (8) schools will receive a two year grant, a $26,000 value, with priority given to schools in the Madison County School District.
FUSE is excited to announce a new partnership with Smithfield Foods as part of Smithfield’s long-standing commitment to education and strengthening communities through increased learning opportunities. Smithfield Foods is committed to supporting the vitality of the communities where its employees live, work, and raise their families. Schools in three Smithfield regions will receive two year grants for FUSE, a $26,000 value:
- Southeast North Carolina (10 grants available, with priority consideration given to applications from schools in Duplin, Sampson, Bladen, Wilson, and Lenoir counties)
- Sioux City, Iowa & Sioux Falls, South Dakota area (5 grants available)
- Crete/Omaha, Nebraska area (5 grants available)
Most of our partner districts are using district funding to support a FUSE implementation.
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.
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.
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
FUSE is the only high-end STEAM program I’ve ever seen in my career that works right out of the box, with minimal set-up, minimal tear-down, minimal maintenance.
Teacher, High School
What I love most about FUSE is it reinforces that belief which I have held in my heart my entire career, that if we can give a child a good experience, a fun experience, a worthwhile experience—that has perhaps more value than any curriculum, any intervention, any thing that we could do.
Teacher, High School
It wasn’t designed to be an instructional-based program initially and now, we’re using it to support instruction. I think that ongoing conversation and reflection between us and them has been such a huge piece to why it’s been successful here.
District Director of Math & Science
I think FUSE is really a program that’s differentiated just by the very nature of the way that it’s designed. It’s able to hit kids of all different abilities and meet them at the level that they’re at, but then scaffold their learning to help them grow.
District STEM Coordinator
One of the missions of our district is for students to perform at grade level in reading and math. I’ve noticed that the FUSE curriculum is applicable in all our areas: reading, math, science, social studies. Teachers see kids making connections throughout their day to a FUSE exploration.
District Director of Math & Science
I had a student tell me, “I used to hate Mondays, cuz you had to come to school after the weekend, but now I love Mondays because we have gym and FUSE.”
Teacher, Elementary School
FUSE is tailored to meet a lot of the goals of the Next Generation Science Standards. It integrates the science and engineering practices that those standards demand that our students are proficient in, and it shows students the crosscutting concepts that reach across science and engineering domains.
District STEM Coordinator