FUSE Launches Partnership with Schaumburg Schools

FUSE Launches Partnership with Schaumburg Schools


With hands-on challenges designed to engage students in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), the FUSE informal learning program is launching in Schaumburg schools. An event on October 25 will celebrate the new partnership with Schaumburg’s K-8 schools.

U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth will visit Addams Junior High School in Schaumburg for the launch event as District 54 formally debuts its FUSE programs.

In District 54, FUSE will be implemented in fifth and sixth grade at the Hoover Math and Science Academy in Schaumburg and Nerge Elementary School in Roselle. All students at these schools will participate in 90 minutes of STEM exploration weekly. District 54 will also offer FUSE as an after-school club at Addams and its four other junior high schools.

FUSE engages students with challenges in app development, electronics, robotics, biotechnology, 3D printing, architecture, sound mixing, fashion design and more. To advance students to higher levels of skills, FUSE combines highly motivating activities with the kind of leveling-up platform made popular in gaming. FUSE was developed by School of Education and Social Policy professors Kemi Jona and Reed Stevens and is offered through the Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) at Northwestern.

“FUSE will increase the exposure of our students to authentic learning and engage underrepresented student populations to opportunities in the STEM fields within and outside of the classroom. We are excited to increase access to math and science through FUSE while preparing students for success in a global economy and society,” says Nick Myers, assistant superintendent of School District 54.

FUSE started two years ago and spread to high schools, middle schools and libraries throughout the greater Chicago area. District 54 is the first districtwide implementation of FUSE, with five schools implementing the program. 

OSEP also offers FUSE at Chicago’s Harold Washington Library, Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy, Neal Math and Science Academy in North Chicago, Evanston Township and Wheeling high schools and the Teen Loft at the Evanston Public Library. Over the summer, FUSE was also part of Chicago’s Summer of Learning initiative and the Science and Creativity Festival in Ilsan, Korea.

The mission of Northwestern University’s Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) is to connect K-12 science learners to the world-class scientific and educational resources of Northwestern University. OSEP programs include professional development workshops for teachers, mentoring programs for teachers and students, inquiry-based STEM learning programs for students and partnership initiatives between Northwestern University and K-12 schools and other organizations. 

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 3/7/17