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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

  • Ruth Heaton, Gilmartin Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, has been elected to a two-year term as co-chair of the Research in Mathematics Education special interest group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Her term begins following the 2016 AERA Annual Meeting, April 8-12. Co-chairing responsibilities include organizing the SIG conference programs at both the AERA national conference and the Research Pre-session of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) national conference. She’ll also help coordinate AERA award programs in the SIG for an early career publication award and a senior scholar 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.
  • Watch the Global Math Department webinar with Noyce Master Teacher and 2015 Nebraska Teacher of the Year Shelby Aaberg, "Bringing the World Outside School Into Your Math Classroom." Everyone’s got problems (of the math variety), especially people outside your school. Whether it’s an oil storage tank in an auto shop, a mailbox on a mail carrier’s route, or raising public awareness about rabies-infected skunks, seeing the math in the world is easy. Turning that math into a lesson or an activity for students is the tricky part. We will see examples of engaging math problems from the community. We will discuss a teacher’s considerations when deciding how to incorporate problems from the world outside school and some of the challenges teachers may encounter when collaborating with people outside the education world.
  • Dr. Troy Sadler, professor of science education at the University of Missouri and director of the ReSTEM Institute: Reimagining and Researching STEM Education, will speak at UNL on Thursday, March 17, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Henzlik Hall Auditorium. His talk, "Socio-scientific Issues as a Central Element of Scientific Literacy: Toward a Framework for K-16 Teaching and Learning," is sponsored by IANR's Science Literacy program at UNL.
  • Nearly 100 high school girls will learn about science careers and meet women who excel in them while visiting the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the 18th annual Women in Science Conference on Feb. 19-20. Representing 27 high schools from across Nebraska and Kansas, participants will engage in workshops and discussions led by female chemists, computer scientists, engineers, geologists, biologists and others.

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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.



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