Bicentennial STEM Fusion campaign to award 25 Illinois schools unique technology curriculum

Bicentennial STEM Fusion campaign to award 25 Illinois schools unique technology curriculum

Elementary and middle schools across Illinois can apply before April 13

CHICAGO (Apr. 3, 2018) —  The Governor’s Office of the Illinois Bicentennial is awarding 25 schools across the state a 3-year technology program as a signature legacy project of the Bicentennial Celebration.  The highly renowned IMSA Fusion program presents a unique curriculum for middle school teachers to inspire 4th through 8th graders to study math and science and pursue careers in technology, medicine, education and business. The effort is a partnership with the Illinois Math and Science Academy.

The application deadline for schools is April 13Applications can be submitted through

Wintrust and Abbott are the presenting sponsors.  All Bicentennial Office programs are privately financed.  Additional funding for this campaign is provided by Boeing, Ingredion and Motorola.

IMSA Fusion is a teacher professional development and student STEM enrichment program.  IMSA Fusion places a special emphasis on students who are historically underrepresented in those areas.

A five person school selection committee will review the applications.  The committee includes:  Emily Bastedo, Senior Advisor to the Governor; Dr. Kevin Pitts, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education- University of Illinois; Ross Hemphill, Board Member- IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education; Jenna Daugherty, Divisional Vice President of Global Social Responsibility- Abbott; and Kandace Lenti, Managing Director, Government, Non-profit & Healthcare Banking- Wintrust.

The schools will be chosen based on serving predominately underrepresented populations, commitments to embedding IMSA Fusion into the regular school day as an elective/encore/CTE course and requiring teachers to undertake 5 full days of professional development, and a sustainability plan to continue the IMSA Fusion after the 3-year award expires.


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