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
- UNL’s Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education recently gave 14 of Nebraska’s math and science educators the opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Center for a three-day conference to inspire new curricula in their classrooms. The CSMCE supported the conference through its Midwest Noyce Connections grant, funded by the National Science Foundation. Nearly 100 teachers and university faculty attended the conference from Noyce projects in 12 Midwestern states. See below for a magazine about the NebraskaNOYCE teacher leaders.
- Congratulations to Dr. Darla Berks of Lincoln Public Schools for being named the 2016 Don Miller Math Award recipient. "I won this by having amazing people impact me along the way. The educator role is definitely not a solo event. Thanks to Dr. Jim Lewis, Dr. Matt Larson, Dr. Lorraine Males, Dr. Amy Nebesniak, Amber Vlasnik and Delise Andrews ... look what we won!" said Berks, a Noyce Master Teaching Fellow and Math in the Middle graduate. Each year since 1992, the Lincoln Rotary Club #14 presents the Donald W. Miller Math Recognition Award to recognize outstanding mathematics educators in the Lincoln area. The club endowed this award in honor of former member, past club president and Rotary leader, Donald W. Miller, a former UNL mathematics professor. Noyce teachers Susie Katt (2009), Sherry West (2011), Jerel Welker (2013) and Delise Andrews (2014), as well as UNL's Lewis (2015), have been recipients of this award.
- Math Early On has published “Learning the Language of Nature: Young Children as Mathematical Thinkers,” created by the CSMCE, which shares images of children's early intellectual discoveries and describes the partnership between the Math Early On grant, supported by the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, and Educare of Omaha. Researchers Ruth Heaton and Carolyn Edwards shared this publication and their math program processes during a visit to Reggio Emilia in Italy in March 2016.
- Grant sends Nebraska educators to Kennedy Space Center
- Math in the Middle graduate Crystal Simpson, who died unexpectedly, is recalled as amazing person
- Researchers share math program processes during Italy visit
- UNL hosts Women in Science Conference
- Conference to focus on undergraduate women in math
- Annual math day to draw record numbers
- National exhibit linking arts, math to visit UNL
- Math education, elder care programs win grants from Women Investing in Nebraska
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.