FUSE Studios Expand to 23 New Schools

FUSE Studios Expand to 23 New Schools

FuseTwenty-three new schools will join Northwestern University’s FUSE Studio program this fall, thanks in part to a recently announced partnership with CompTIA, the nonprofit trade association for the information technology industry.

FUSE, an educational program developed by Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy (SESP), brings interactive STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) learning to middle and high school students.

“The heart of FUSE experience is student choice,” said Reed Stevens, FUSE founder, principal investigator of three National Science Foundation (NSF) grants to FUSE, and a professor of learning sciences at SESP.  “We’ve carefully designed nearly 30 challenge sequences that level up like video games, and students choose among those, moving at their own pace and following their own path through the challenges. Students explore and go deep with challenges that interest them.”

FUSE educators facilitate hands-on learning in specially equipped design studios, helping students develop skills for a rapidly changing job market. Students work alone and in groups to build robots, design homes using professional software and craft items of their own design using 3-D printers.

Stevens notes that the students work together on challenges, learning together and sharing what they’ve learned with one another. FUSE program researchers are studying these learning phenomena through support from the NSF.

FUSE will expand to a total of 68 schools this year, bringing its total to 136 schools in the United States and Finland. The partnership with CompTIA alone will expand FUSE Studios to more than 2,000 new students in 10 states, including California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas. 

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Schools opening new FUSE studios through the CompTIA partnership:


  • Los Angeles - Dr. Lawrence H. Moore Math Science Technology Academy
  • Oakland - Urban Promise Academy Middle School


  • Estes Park - Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center


  • Melbourne - Stone Magnet Middle School


  • Chicago - John T. McCutcheon Elementary School-Middle School Branch
  • Chicago - Sawyer Elementary School
  • Chicago - Shoesmith Elementary School
  • Glen Ellyn - Hadley Junior High School
  • Niles - Gemini Jr. High School
  • Peoria - Manual Academy


  • Louisville - Olmsted Academy South

New Jersey

  • Brick - Lake Riviera Middle School
  • Highland Park - Bartle School
  • Jersey City - William L. Dickinson High School

New York

  • Long Island - Floral Park Memorial High School
  • New York City - Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy Charter School


  • Hood River - Wy’east Middle School


  • Philadelphia - Hardy Williams High School 


  • Austin - Blackshear Elementary
  • Brownsville - Harmony School of Innovation
  • Laredo - Hector J. Garcia Early College High School
  • Leon Valley - School of Science and Technology Discovery
  • San Antonio - Harmony Science Academy
By Kayla Stoner
Last Modified: 9/20/17