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
- Save the Date: The Astronomy Education Workshop will be Oct. 6, 2018! Organized by Kevin Lee, the workshop will be held in Jorgensen Hall on UNL City Campus. It will be a joint meeting with the Nebraska Chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers. The keynote speaker will be citizen science expert Laura Trouille, the Director of Citizen Science at the Adler Planetarium and co-I of the Zooniverse Project. Nebraska's Greg Snow will also be delivering a presentation tentatively titled "LIGO and the Merger of Neutron Stars."
- Carolyn Pope Edwards, a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for 18 years and a renowned expert in how children learn, passed away peacefully on May 31, 2018, at Harbor House hospice. Dr. Edwards was a PI of the Math Early On and NebraskaMATH grants. Edwards was one of the intellectual architects of Primarily Math. Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on June 9, 2018, at First Plymouth Church in Lincoln. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, friends may wish to contribute to the Carolyn Pope Edwards Fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation or to any other program devoted to improving the quality of education for all young children.
- Congratulations to our five Primarily Math teachers, one ITEAM teacher, and two NebraskaMATH high school teachers who earned master's degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on May 4, 2018, in part as a result of their participation in the Omaha Public Schools (OPS) Teacher Leader Academy, Primarily Math Greater Nebraska, MAT Online, or the Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes. Three elementary teachers and one middle school teacher received a Master of Arts degree from the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education: Kylie Clark (Benson West Elementary, OPS), Nichole Glass (Morton Magnet Middle, OPS), Jamie Hesser, (Benson West Elementary), Brittney Martin (Engleman Elementary, Grand Island Public Schools), and Melissa Szatko (Indian Hill Elementary, OPS). Marni Driessen, elementary supervisor for OPS, also earned a Master of Education in Educational Administration. Elizabeth Hock of Wallace High School and John Strand of Arapahoe High School earned a Master of Arts for teachers (MAT) degree from the Department of Mathematics.
- The 2018 Nebraska Women in Science Conference hosted 73 students from 19 high schools in Nebraska and two in Kansas. Women in Science is designed to expose female high school students to a wide variety of science-related fields and encourage them to pursue majors and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students were able to take a tour of CHI Health St. Elizabeth hospital before a banquet with keynote speaker Dayana Patera, M.D., of Nebraska Internal Medicine, PC. Students explored workshops in Biological Sciences, Biological Systems Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dentistry, Entomology, Forestry, and Mathematics, and also worked in labs at the Beadle Center with faculty and graduate students.
- 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.