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FlinnSTEM IMSA Fusion Content Writing Process

FlinnSTEM IMSA Fusion content is developed by a team that includes a lead writer and one or more collaborative authors. The lead writer proposes an idea for a new module, and the team begins researching the topic to find engaging activities that will catch the attention of students.

Once a series of topics have been determined, the authors develop realistic hands-on activities to convey scientific and mathematic principles real-life examples.

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The "Ah-Ha" Moment

Activities are written to give just enough information for the student to develop the idea. When students create their own knowledge and make a realization that a specific scientific concept is responsible for a function they see in everyday life, it really leads to the "Ah-Ha" moment.

  • A lab is placed in front of you.
  • Follow the procedures
  • Record your data
  • Analyze your data
  • Form a conclusion

What you are missing is the development of the scientific process, how to develop the experiment and how it impacts the results.

With FlinnSTEM IMSA Fusion, students experience the development of the experiment.

When students get to high school, it is more about ingesting pre-defined content and structured lab work and experimentation; they don't get to explore as much of the science. With FlinnSTEM IMSA Fusion, students get to freely explore concepts so when they get to high school, they have an understanding of science and how to look for information themselves.

Research, Evaluations and Awards

The Center for Evaluation & Education Policy (CEEP) at Indiana University was commissioned to prepare a detailed evaluation of the IMSA Fusion program. Data was collected during the 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 academic school years and comprise survey data from teachers, students, parents and principals

Recognized by Change the Equation STEMWORKS as a Top 20 STEM Program was commissioned to prepare a detailed evaluation of the IMSA Fusion program. Data was collected during the 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 academic school years and comprise survey data from teachers, students, parents and principals

Change the Equation (CTEq) STEMWORKS was commissioned to prepare a detailed evaluation of the IMSA Fusion program. Data was collected during the 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 academic school years and comprise survey data from teachers, students, parents and principals

IMSA Fusion was selected as one of the "Best Practice" K12 STEM Education programs in the nation in 2006 and 2010 by the Bayer Corporation's Making Science Make Sense initiative for a "proven track of helping girls and underrepresented minorities to participate and achieve in STEM"