The mission of the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education (CSMCE) is to support UNL faculty engaged in educational activities focused on improving the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at both the PK-12 and collegiate level. With support from UNL’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Sciences, and Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the CSMCE works to build partnerships among leaders in the higher education and PK-12 education sectors that further our basic mission.
News and Events
- Watch the Jan. 25 MLK Week talk by Dr. Christine Darden, retired member of the Senior Executive Service at NASA. She briefly discusses the movie “Hidden Figures,” how she knew the women portrayed in the movie, and the role she has played in speaking to students around the United States during the past two years. Darden then discusses her encounters with the “Space Age” both in high school and college and other events in her life that put her on the path to a 40-year career at NASA.
- Nebraska EPSCoR and the CSMCE will sponsor the 21st annual Women in Science Conference on March 29-30, 2019, in Lincoln. This free conference encourages young women to pursue their interests in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology by introducing them to role models of successful women in a variety of fields. Keynote speakers are Tracy Bohaboj and Emmeline Watson of Duncan Aviation.
- The application for the All Girls/All Math summer camp at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is now open. All Girls/All Math is a weeklong camp that provides a challenging yet supportive environment for girls in grades 10-11 to develop their mathematical skills. Camp participants take a course about codes and cryptology, as well as mini-courses in such topics as aerodynamics, the game of SET, and graph theory. Girls will work with female mathematicians from Nebraska and other universities to improve their logic skills, boost confidence in their abilities, and discover the opportunities that strong math skills can provide. The camp will run from July 14-20, 2019. Applications are now taken online until Feb. 15, 2019.
- Nebraska researcher Leen-Kiat Soh is using a four-year, $2 million grant, Adapt, Implement and Research, from the National Science Foundation to lead an interdisciplinary team of Nebraska researchers in developing and deploying a program aimed at helping the state’s educators effectively teach the subject to a diverse group of K-8 students. In Nebraska and many other states, there’s a lack of standardized K-12 computer science curricula. Soh’s program focuses on the training and professional development of about 80 educators from diverse districts statewide, including majority-minority, rural and Native schools. These include the Omaha Public Schools, Omaha Nation Public Schools, Grand Island Public Schools and at least eight other rural districts. Participating teachers will join a network linking more experienced computer science educators to novices. To develop a framework for the network, the researchers tapped the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education, which has extensive experience fostering the professional development of Nebraska’s K-12 teachers. In addition to Soh, LPS's Kent Steen, and UNL's Gwen Nugent and Guy Trainin, the team includes Wendy Smith, research associate professor and associate director for the CSMCE.
- Lincoln students earn top honors at 2018 Math Day
- Christian Science Monitor: Math makeover: Colleges swap lectures for active learning
- LPS: Class combines embroidery, computer programming
- LPS: Molding mathematicians at Hartley Elementary
- Omaha World-Herald: Millard teacher who died in Tuesday crash had a knack for connecting with students
- Channel 10/11: Nebraska astronomer unconvinced UFO is an alien vessel
Meeting Challenges of 21st Century Classrooms
To meet the state’s and the nation’s need for more highly qualified science teachers, the 14-month Master of Arts with emphasis in science teaching (MAst) program was established in the College of Education’s Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, along with a Robert Noyce, Track I, Phase I grant from the National Science Foundation, awarded in 2010. This report presents a summary of the accomplishments of this Noyce grant, in which 60 post-baccalaureate science majors and professionals were provided with Noyce stipends to become science teachers. The MAst program is now in its sixth year, producing an average of 10 new science teachers per year. The project team, led by Dr. Elizabeth Lewis, was also awarded a second Noyce grant in 2015 to support 30 more individuals to become science teachers along with funding to continue to research the practices of beginning science teachers. The MAst program engages science professionals in a research-informed program of study that supports them in developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to meet the challenges of the modern American secondary science classroom.