Kemi Jona and FUSE Featured at Technology Conference

Kemi Jona and FUSE Featured at Technology Conference

Kemi Jona

Professor Kemi Jona addressed the School Superintendent Program at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago on September 10. Of the nearly 100,000 people who attend the manufacturing show, some are superintendents learning about innovative technology for education programs.

Jona spoke to school administrators on “STEM Best Practices,” sharing his insights about the most effective ways to engage K-12 students in STEM education. At Northwestern, Jona is director of the Office of STEM Education Partnerships, where he leads projects in STEM curriculum design, cyberlearning, online and blended learning models, and web-based patient education.

Northwestern’s FUSE informal learning program was on display at the show as well. FUSE, which was developed by SESP professors Reed Stevens and Jona, is an informal technology and design program designed to engage middle school and high school students in STEM activities. Hands-on challenges for FUSE participants include app development, electronics, robotics, biotechnology, 3D printing, architecture, sound mixing, fashion design and more.

FUSE is offered at libraries, schools and other locations throughout the Chicago area. FUSE is now offered in school, after school, and on the weekends at 18 different locations in the Chicago area.

The International Manufacturing Technology Show includes approximately 1,300 exhibits featuring the latest in machines, hardware, software, automation and robotics systems available today in exhibit space at McCormick Place. 

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 3/7/17