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The Loft at the Evanston Public Library, together with the Office of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education Partnerships (OSEP) at Northwestern University, offers a weekly drop-in program called FUSE.  FUSE is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/design, Math) exploration program designed to ignite and nurture STEAM-focused interests among teens through an innovative challenge-based approach.

Each challenge uses a leveling-up model from gaming and is carefully designed to engage teens in different STEAM topics and skills sets.

Challenges have been developed in the areas of robotics, electronics, biomedical science, Android app development, computer-aided design (CAD) jewelry design, sound mixing and architectural design. Teens can work alone or in groups to decide how they will address the challenge. Since there is typically more than one way to complete a challenge, teens can build on problem-solving skills and think outside the box.

Evanston has two FUSE Studios: the Teen Loft at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Saturdays 12-2 p.m. (for middle school and high school students) and Evanston Township High School: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:45-5 p.m. in room A155 (high school students only).

Teens can drop in anytime and are encouraged to bring friends and try challenges together. There is no cost associated with this program and no registration is needed.

More information is available at www.osep.northwestern.edu/projects/fuse. Times are available at epl.org.