In FUSE, youth choose from a wide array of challenges that appeal to their existing interests in music, design, and pop culture. Youth work at their own pace to complete the FUSE challenges, leveling up through increasingly complex projects and producing unique artifacts along the way. FUSE Facilitators, who are usually teachers or librarians from our partner organizations, act as problem solving coaches and mentors in each studio.
BENEFITS TO YOUTH
- Cultivate creative problem solving & persistence
- Encourage leadership and peer mentoring
- Exposure to hands-on technology & iterative design process
BENEFITS TO SCHOOLS
- Foster student interest through authentic STEAM learning
- Boost engagement through student-driven learning
- Reach historically underrepresented students in STEAM
- Offer your FUSE Studio during or after the school day
FUSE program design is supported by research collected from FUSE user activity in studios. Analysis of our user data allows us to identify and support the interests of girls and minorities who are typically underrepresented in STEAM fields.
Interest-driven STEAM Exploration
In FUSE, young people explore hands-on, interest-driven challenges inspired by real-world STEM & design practices.
FUSE promotes design thinking, creativity, & persistence through engaging STEAM challenges.
Identifying the Program
- The first reference to FUSE should always use the entire name, “FUSE”
- Any subsequent references to the program can be “FUSE,” “FUSE Studio” and “FUSE Studios”
- Adults in FUSE Studios are called 'Facilitators'.
- FUSE participants under 18 are called 'Users' or 'Students'.
Funders & Partners
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FUSE is generously supported by grants from the National Science Foundation under NSF grants DRL-1348800 and DRL-1433724 and The Nellie Mae Education Foundation. FUSE partners include the Boeing Corporation, Siemens, CompTIA and Creating IT Futures. FUSE has also been funded by the the MacArthur Foundation and Hive Chicago. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.