New for 2021
In response to COVID-19, all professional development for Fusion 2021 will be conducted online — see more information below!
The Engineering Design & Build and Climate Change: The Future is Now are both available in Spanish. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this offering.
IMSA Fusion is a teacher professional development and STEM enrichment program for students in grades 3-8.
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, competency driven and integrative. The learning experiences focus on helping students “learn how to learn” and emphasize collaboration, 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.
Follow these Links to Get Started:
Step 1: Review the curriculum choices for your grade band. Choose your curriculum topic(s)
Step 2: Sign up for the FREE Fusion Professional Development for your curriculum choice(s). Each curricula requires two, 3-hour online professional development sessions.
|Topic||Grade levels||PD dates||PD time||Registration link|
|You be the Judge||3rd-5th||July 6 & 8||9:00-12:00||Register HERE|
|Synthetic Score Card: Biotechnology||3rd-5th||July 19 & 20||9:30-1:30 (1 hour lunch)||Register HERE|
|Fighting Fire with STEM||3rd-5th||July 20 & 21||9:00-12:00||Register HERE|
|Organized Sound: STEM in Music||3rd-5th||July 21 & 22||9:30-12:30||Register HERE|
|Dive In: Oceanographic STEM||3rd-5th||July 27 & 28||9:00-12:00||Register HERE|
|Engineering: Design and Build||3rd-5th||July 27 & 28||9:00-12:00||Register HERE|
|Climate Change: the Future is Now||3rd-5th||August 2 & 3||9:00-12:30||Register HERE|
|What's the Story, Data?||3rd-5th||August 4 & 5||9:30-12:30||Register HERE|
|Medieval STEM||6th-8th||July 5 & 7||9:00-12:00||Register HERE|
|Take Flight: Aviation STEM||6th-8th||July 13 & 14||9:30-1:30 (1 hour lunch)||Register HERE|
|Living in a Material World: Material Science||6th-8th||July 13 & 14||9:00-12:00||Register HERE|
|Mars: Manifest Destiny||6th-8th||July 27 & 28||9:30-1:30 (1 hour lunch)||Register HERE|
|Out of the Silo: Agronomic STEM||6th-8th||July 27 & 29||9:00-12:00||Register HERE|
|Biological Toolkit||6th-8th||August 4 & 5||9:00-12:00||Register HERE|
|Secret Communications||6th-8th||August 4 & 5||9:00-12:30||Register HERE|
Step 3: Order your IMSA Fusion kits for your classroom. IMSA partners with Flinn Scientific to produce the IMSA Fusion materials kit. ( Flinn Scientific website). All IMSA Fusion material kits need to be ordered by December 2021. Materials form these kits will be used during PD sessions.