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Fusion Science Theater

Outreach that Really Teaches!

A Fusion Science Theater (FST) show uses elements of story to teach age-appropriate science concepts. FST uses demonstrations, prediction, audience participation, modeling, and embedded assessment to produce demonstrable gains in learning, interest, and self-efficacy. The shows target children in grades 1–5 and can be performed by teachers, students, outreach specialists, and museum educators. The Fusion Science Theater outreach model was developed by Holly Walter Kerby, an award-winning chemistry teacher and playwright.

FST performances are engaging, exciting, and fun, and they go beyond the traditional demonstration show in several ways:


Atom in a Solid: children act out the way atoms move.


Will it Light?: children model conductivity in a salt solution.

Now Available from ICE!

Fusion Science Theater Performance Kits

ICE/FST kits include what you need to plan, rehearse, and present Fusion Science Theater shows. Carefully crafted scripts ensure that FST principles are embodied in each performance. A handbook explains how to set up schedules, memorize dialog, rehearse, and interact effectively with children in the audience. These materials have been used successfully by staff at science centers and ACS undergraduate members across the country.

FST Kits Available

Order your ICE/FST kit now!

Join the "demo revolution"! Launch an outreach program that promotes learning and assessment and is fun for everyone involved. Use the ICE Order Form to order your FST kits today.


Fusion Science Theater is a cross-disciplinary organization sponsored by Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin.
Materials were developed with the support of the National Science Foundation.