FUSE Partnership - Creating IT Futures
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.

FUSE 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:
  1. 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.
  2. FUSE Studios for Schools. CompTIA is funding more than 30 new FUSE Studios at schools around the country. Check the list of 2017 grant winners and the list of 2018 grant winners to see if a school near you has a CompTIA-funded studio.
  3. 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.
Learn about NextUp’s other 2018 partners, NYASTechGirlz and TSA. Or, if you're ready to become a NextUp mentor, let us know.

Creating IT Futures

A 501(c)(3) charity was established in 1998 by CompTIA, the Information Technology Industry Trade Association, as a way to help people improve their lives through IT careers.


We help populations that are under-represented in IT and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure and be successful in IT careers.


Creating IT Futures
c/o CompTIA
3500 Lacey Road, Suite 100
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Phone: (630) 678-8300
Email: info@creatingitfutures.org