NextUp is partnering with the FUSE program at Northwestern University to expand and enrich STEAM learning, with particular attention to IT concepts and skills, for students in middle and high school.
is a STEAM (STEM plus Arts & Design) education program that facilitates student exploration and learning through hands-on, interest-driven challenges inspired by real-world STEM and design practices. FUSE currently has challenges in areas such as robotics, electronics, biotechnology, 3D design and printing, architecture, and graphic arts, to name a few. In FUSE, students work in a studio-like environment, learn through ‘making’, and develop 21st century skills such as problem solving, persistence, and communication.
NextUp will work with FUSE on three focus areas:
- Challenge Development. The partners will collaborate to build three IT-focused challenges designed to expose youth to various IT professions and career pathways in fun and engaging ways and involve CompTIA members and IT professionals in challenge design and development. The IT challenges will be made available to the FUSE Studio network that includes more than 200 Studios, reaching more than 10,000 students each year.
- FUSE Studios for Schools. CompTIA will fund 21 new FUSE Studios at schools around the country. Schools who wish to host a FUSE Studio must apply by February 24th at https://www.fusestudio.net/comptia-grants. These 21 FUSE Studios will have the potential to serve approximately 1,050 students and 60 teachers.
- Mentoring. The FUSE team will pilot a mentoring program between CompTIA’s IT pros and FUSE students. These mentors could work in FUSE Studios to support facilitators or help to design and direct deeper learning experiences for students. CompTIA members and IT pros can volunteer for the team by contacting Joan Matz.