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
- Join us for UNL’s Science and Engineering Expo Fair at Haymarket Park on August 21, the day of the 2017 solar eclipse! We will experience a total solar eclipse, bringing midnight darkness, at 1:02:36pm for a total of 1 minute and 24 seconds. The Lincoln Saltdogs baseball team has a daytime game scheduled for August 21, which will be billed as an "Eclipse-Delayed Game." You must have a ticket to attend the Saltdogs game but the Expo is free and outside the gates. The fair will start at 11 a.m. and be run right outside the stadium, on the open corridor along its gates, and end at 1:30 p.m.
- The Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics will hold its 2017 annual conference jointly with the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science from Sept. 7-9 in Kearney. The NebraskaMATH Partnership invites all who are heading to Kearney for the conference to join us for Math and Science Teachers' Circles on Friday evening. The gathering will offer three sessions, one for elementary teachers, a second for secondary math teachers, and a third for secondary science teachers. The doors will open at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. and presentations to follow at 7 p.m. RSVP by August 30.
- In summer 2017, 300 distinct teachers in math and science education took a course through the Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes or other NebraskaMATH programs for a total of 535 registrations in 42 math, science and pedagogy classes. Courses were held in Ashland, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Lincoln, Omaha and Papillion, as well as the additional TEAMS locations of Crete, Fremont, Norfolk, North Platte and Ogallala.
- Amber Vlasnik, a math teacher at Lincoln High School and a NebraskaNOYCE Master Teaching Fellow, traveled to Washington, D.C., to be honored as the 2017 Nebraska Teacher of the Year in April 2017 and shared her experiences in our NebraskaMATH newsletter for May 2017.
- Congratulations to our NebraskaMATH/Noyce doctoral graduate, Danielle Buhrman, and three Primarily Math teachers who earned master's degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on May 5, 2017, in part as a result of their participation in the UNL-LPS Partnership, NebraskaMATH/Noyce and the Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes. Buhrman earned her Ed.D. in Educational Studies, and is a a math teacher at Grand Island Senior High. These elementary teachers who participated in the Lincoln Public Schools cohort of Primarily Math from 2014-15 received a Master of Arts degree from the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education: Hannah Heyl (Prescott Elementary), Lindsey Licht (Prescott Elementary) and Carolyn Raguse, Wysong Elementary (formerly Prescott Elementary).
- NASA Nebraska will provide free eclipse glasses
- Congratulations to Alice Buffett award winners Connie Colton and Julie Trimble
- Huskers bring expertise to early childhood workforce commission
- Lincoln High math educator named 2017 Nebraska Teacher of the Year
- Project aims to boost women in math grad programs
- NSF grant to foster active learning in calculus classrooms
- $1M grant to benefit K-12 teaching of math, science
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.