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IMSA Fusion

About Fusion

New for 2019!  The Engineering Design & Build Curriculum is now available in Spanish.  Please e-mail fusion@imsa.edu for more information on this offering.

IMSA Fusion is a teacher professional development and student STEM enrichment program for Illinois students who are talented, interested and motivated in mathematics and science. IMSA Fusion places a special emphasis on students who are historically underrepresented in those areas.  Fusion works with teachers and students in grades 4-8.

In brief, the program goals are:

  • Maintain or increase students interest, involvement and literacy in science and mathematics
  • Enhance the knowledge and skills of teachers in science, mathematics, and technology; stimulate excellence in schools
  • Stimulate excellence in schools’ science and mathematics programs
  • Help increase access to programming for students who are historically under-resourced in science, mathematics and technology and for all areas of the state

By design, the IMSA Fusion curriculum is inquiry based, problem centered and integrative. The learning experiences focus on helping students “learn how to learn” and emphasize logic, mathematical thinking and experimental scientific thinking. Topics relate to the students’ lives, thereby arousing their curiosity and increasing their motivation to learn in mathematics and science. Teachers from each participating school are supported with on-going professional development for the delivery of the curriculum and use of appropriate pedagogy. Teachers select two STEM modules from a menu of twelve to learn and deliver each year.  Partner schools are provided with curriculum, classroom kits, and ongoing teacher development and support for the annual delivery of two units of hands-on, minds-on STEM. 

2019-20 Fusion Professional Development

Registration for 2019-20 Fusion Professional Development is now open.  We are offering training for all 16 Fusion curricula at IMSA, in Springfield, Illinois and in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.  Follow the links to choose your curricula, training dates, and order your supplies.

Follow the Links to Get Started:

Step 1:  Review the curriculum choices for your grade band.  Check out the new 4th-5th grade Organized sound: STEM in Music.Choose your curriculum topic(s)

Step 2: Register for the Professional Development session, be sure you can attend on the provided dates.

Step 3: Order your IMSA Fusion kits for your classroom (this link will take you to the Flinn Scientific website).

Links

Professional Development Dates & Locations

Date Grade level Curriculum location
June 13-14 4-5 Music: Organized Sound (new for 2019) IMSA
July 11-12 4-5 Fighting Fire with STEM IMSA
July 16-17 4-5 You Be the Judge IMSA
July 23-24 4-5 Engineering: Design & Build IMSA
July 9-10 4-5 Climate Change: The Future is Now IMSA
Aug 1-2 4-5 Synthetic Scorecard: Building the Future of Biology IMSA
Sept 17-18 4-5 What’s the Story, Data? IMSA
Sept 24-25 4-5 Dive-In: Oceanographic Engineering IMSA
Oct 1-2 4-5 Music: Organized Sound (new for 2019) IMSA
June 18-19 6-8 Secret Communications:  Sharing Concealed Messages IMSA
June 25-26 6-8 Material Science:  Living in a Material World IMSA
June 27-28 6-8 Biological Toolkit IMSA
July 18-19 6-8 Take Flight:  Investigating the Aviation Industry IMSA
Sept 12-13 6-8 Mars: Manifest Destiny IMSA
Sept 19-20 6-8 Medieval: STEM Through the Middle Ages IMSA
Oct 3-4 6-8 Out of the Silo: Agronomic STEM IMSA
July 11-12 4-5 Music: Organized Sound (new for 2019) Mt. Vernon
July 30-31 4-5 Fighting Fire with STEM Mt. Vernon
Sept 18-19 4-5 Dive-In: Oceanographic Engineering Mt. Vernon
Oct 1-2 4-5 Engineering: Design & Build Mt. Vernon
Oct 3-4 4-5 What’s the Story, Data? Mt. Vernon
July 11-12 6-8 Biological Toolkit Mt. Vernon
July 30-31 6-8 Material Science:  Living in a Material World Mt. Vernon
Sept 18-19 6-8 Secret Communications:  Sharing Concealed Messages Mt. Vernon
Oct 3-4 6-8 Take Flight:  Investigating the Aviation Industry Mt. Vernon
July 23-24 4-5 Climate Change: The Future is Now Springfield
June 20-21 4-5 Synthetic Scorecard: Building the Future of Biology Springfield
June 25-26 4-5 You Be the Judge Springfield
Sept 11-12 4-5 Engineering: Design & Build Springfield
Sept 25-26 4-5 Music: Organized Sound (new for 2019) Springfield
June 20-21 6-8 Biological Toolkit Springfield
July 17-18 6-8 Out of the Silo: Agronomic STEM Springfield
June 25-26 6-8 Mars: Manifest Destiny Springfield
Sept 11-12 6-8 Medieval: STEM Through the Middle Ages Springfield