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IMSA Fusion STEM Curriculum—Classic Modules

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FlinnSTEM Classic Modules include all materials needed to engage students in rich, inquiry-based, hands-on activities. Provides 32 hours of instruction. IMSA Fusion is a teacher professional development and student STEM enrichment program to maintain or increase student interest, involvement and literacy in science and mathematics. Empower your students with Flinn STEM curriculum modules powered by IMSA Fusion!

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IMSA Fusion Classic Module Kits include all materials needed to engage students in rich, inquiry-based, hands-on activities. Provides 32 hours of instruction. Includes materials for students, reproducible student content, detailed digitial teacher content and access to professional development videos about each activity (1-year access). To receive special pricing for Illinois customers, create or log in to your account (requires IL shipping address) and view your shopping cart.

IMSA Fusion is a teacher professional development and student STEM curriculum program to maintain or increase student interest, involvement and literacy in science and mathematics. The learning experiences focus on helping students “learn how to learn” by emphasizing logical, mathematical and experimental scientific thinking with relatable topics. These curriculum modules focus on students in upper elementary through middle school as research has suggested that these teachers need more opportunities to gain content knowledge and students in these grades lose interest in science and math. IMSA Fusion is versatile to fit your learning environment and can be used as an after-school program or embedded in daily instruction as an elective or co-curricular. Units can provide content knowledge and hands-on experiences related to makerspace projects as well. Contact Flinn for district level pricing.

IMSA Fusion has found great success in many schools! Here is what one teacher had to say about the program: 

“I have learned that students are just as good of teachers (sometimes better) than I am! Encouraging a more collaborative learning environment is a direct result of the IMSA program.” 

Here is what one student had to say about the program: 

“We actually do the science and don’t just read about what we are doing.” 

IMSA Fusion is recognized as a top program in the nation by Change the Equation: STEMWorks and as one of the top K–12 STEM Programs in America by the Bayer Corporation.

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Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Engaging in argument from evidence
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

4-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
4-PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
4-PS3.C: Relationship Between Energy and Forces
4-PS3.D: Energy in Chemical Processes and Everyday Life
5-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
5-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
3-5-ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
3-5-ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
3-5-ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution

Crosscutting Concepts

Patterns
Cause and effect
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Systems and system models
Energy and matter
Structure and function
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

4-PS3-1. Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object.
4-PS3-2. Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferredfrom place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
4-PS3-3. Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide.
4-PS3-4. Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.
5-PS1-1. Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.
5-PS1-2. Measure and graph quantities to provide evidence that regardless of the type of change that occurs when heating, cooling, or mixing substances, the total weight of matter is conserved.
5-PS1-3. Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.
5-PS1-4. Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.
3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.