Downers Grove, Ill. – Expanding its partnership with the FUSE program at Northwestern University, CompTIA will enable an additional 12 schools to receive two-year STEAM (STEM plus Arts) education grants.
Last year as part of its NextUp initiative to interest teens in tech careers, CompTIA partnered with FUSE to bring FUSE Studios to 23 middle schools and high schools. This year, with additional funding and support from CompTIA and its tech workforce charity, Creating IT Futures, 12 more schools are receiving FUSE Studios.
FUSE is a STEAM education program that facilitates student exploration and learning through hands-on, interest-driven challenges inspired by real-world STEM and design practices. Each studio allows students to dive into challenging, self-directed projects ranging from using SketchUp to design their dream home to using a 3D printer to make jewelry to building their own solar-powered mini-car. The challenges also expose youth to various STEAM professions and career pathways in fun and engaging ways.
“In FUSE, students work in a studio-like environment, learn through making, and develop 21st century skills such as problem solving, persistence and communication,” said Dr. Reed Stevens, FUSE founder and director as well as professor of learning sciences at Northwestern University. “We’re already in more than 100 schools nationwide, and with CompTIA’s additional funding, we’re able to add another 35 schools to our rosters over two years.”
The new FUSE Studios to be launched this fall have the potential to serve 3,400 students and their teachers each year. The 12 schools in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Oregon and Washington selected for the new FUSE Studios are:
- Arlington Elementary School in Spokane, WA,
- Blackstone Valley Prep Middle School in Central Falls, RI,
- Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Middle School in Philadelphia, PA,
- Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle School in Raleigh, NC,
- Hillside School District 93 in Hillside, IL,
- Hood River Middle School in Hood River, OR,
- Semple Elementary in Louisville, KY,
- Southwest Middle School in Palm Bay, FL,
- Washtenaw International High School and Middle Academy in Ypsilanti, MI,
- West Oak Middle School in Mundelein, IL, and
- Winthrop STEM Elementary Magnet School in New London, CT.
“In NextUp, we’re matching student interests with hands-on projects like the FUSE Studios that will inspire teens to learn about tech careers,” said Charles Eaton, executive vice president, social innovation at CompTIA, and CEO at Creating IT Futures. “The more that kids get the chance to see tech in action in relation to their own interests, the more likely they’ll consider becoming a technologist in their own careers.”
NextUp also conducts a mentoring program between CompTIA’s IT pros and FUSE students. The mentors work in the studios to support teachers and students. CompTIA members and IT pros who live near a FUSE studio can volunteer to be mentors by contacting Joan Matz at [email protected].
FUSE is a STEAM (STEM plus Arts) education program that facilitates student exploration and learning through hands-on, interest-driven challenges inspired by real-world STEM and design practices. In FUSE, students work in a studio-like environment, learn through making, and develop 21st century skills such as problem solving, persistence and communication. Learn more at www.fusestudio.net.
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About Creating IT Futures
Founded by CompTIA in 1998, Creating IT Futures is a 501(c)(3) charity with the mission of helping populations under-represented in the information technology industry and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure, and be successful in IT careers. Learn more at www.CreatingITFutures.org.