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
- A new $1 million grant from the Nebraska Department of Education will help UNL faculty coordinate a professional development project aimed at improving K-12 math and science instruction. With a focus on elevating academic achievement in Nebraska’s high-need schools, Nebraska Partnership TEAMS (Teaching to Enhance Achievement in Math and Science) will establish professional development sessions at locations across the state, including Crete, Fremont, Grand Island, Norfolk, North Platte and Scottsbluff. Approximately 40 elementary and secondary teachers from participating schools will lead the sessions. The project is a collaboration between high-need Nebraska schools and UNL faculty from the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education; the Department of Mathematics; the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; and the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education.
- For those whose busy schedules require flexible scheduling in order to make taking graduate courses possible, the UNL Department of Mathematics offers mathematics courses for teachers online on a regular basis. This fall, Math 804T and Math 811T will be offered and count toward the Master of Arts for Teachers degree. Fall registration is now open. Please contact Lindsay Augustyn for registration information.
- Registration for SciComm 2016 is now open. SciComm is a two-day conference on effective science communication that will be held at UNL from Sept. 23-24, 2016. This conference provides an excellent opportunity to interact with and learn from other science communication enthusiasts. There is no fee to register for the broader impacts workshop or the Science Night Live! outreach event. However, there is a $20 registration fee for the Saturday symposium, which includes the cost of lunch and refreshments. Registration is capped at 300 participants. Flier
- $1M grant to benefit K-12 teaching of math, science
- Grant sends Nebraska educators to Kennedy Space Center
Strengthening a Community of Teacher Leaders
Since 2011, UNL’s Noyce Master Teaching Fellows and Teaching Fellows have engaged in a wide variety of teacher leadership as mathematics teachers in high-need schools and districts in Nebraska. From becoming math coaches and leading professional development for peers, to giving presentations at national conferences and chairing curriculum committees, the 30 MTFs and 13 TFs demonstrate through their accomplishments the accumulation of efforts by the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education to form school-university partnerships that can provide opportunities for teacher leadership. The NebraskaNOYCE grant was funded by the National Science Foundation, as was a Phase II grant to allow us to continue to study these remarkable Noyce teachers. Contact us to receive a copy of this booklet in the mail or click on the image to download a PDF.
NebraskaMATH Final Report 2015
Over the past six years, the $9.3 million NSF-funded NebraskaMATH grant has impacted more than 700 teacher leaders across the state. The "NebraskaMATH Final Report,” published in 2015, showcases the scope of the grant’s three core programs, Primarily Math, New Teacher Network and Nebraska Algebra, as well as the programs that grew from them. Funded by the National Science Foundation, NebraskaMATH thanks not only the NSF for its support, but also the many teachers who have taken our courses and have gone back into their classrooms dedicated to the young people of Nebraska. It’s been an inspiration to collaborate with all of you. Download a copy of the final report by clicking on the image of the report.