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Our Mission

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

  • Nearly 400 students and educators representing 132 schools from 34 states, Canada and Scotland will make their way to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the 19th annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics, Feb. 3-5. This year, 202 students and 16 schools are in attendance for the first time. Nebraska faculty and staff can attend conference research presentations at no charge. Events are held on City Campus or at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1040 P St.
  • Jim Lewis has become the Acting Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources (EHR) at the National Science Foundation. Lewis joined NSF in January 2015 as the Deputy Assistant Director of EHR from UNL, where he serves as director of the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education.
  • Jenny Dauer, an assistant professor of natural resources, demonstrates in a forthcoming study that teaching and using a seven-step decision-making model helps students become more scientifically literate, and has the potential to overcome subconscious biases and make better-informed decisions.
  • Augmented-reality technology is helping Earth and Atmospheric Sciences students visualize geologic features and explore landscape dynamics. EAS has built a sandbox with a computer with a stellar video card, a projector, a Microsoft Kinect gaming sensor and, of course, 200 pounds of sand, to help students better understand geologic formations and mentally translate the landscapes normally depicted on 2-D topographic maps. Check out this video with CSMCE faculty Mindi Searls and Leilani Arthurs.
  • Wendy Smith, associate director of the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education, was presented with the Boss of the Year Award at the 36th annual University of Nebraska Office Professionals Association bosses luncheon on Nov. 8, 2016.
  • Amber Vlasnik, a math teacher at Lincoln High School and a NebraskaNOYCE Master Teaching Fellow, was named the 2017 Nebraska Teacher of the Year on Oct. 11. Vlasnik has taught at Lincoln High since 2011 and has served as the math department chair since 2014. During the next year, Vlasnik will serve as an ambassador for the state on teaching issues. Congratulations!

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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.



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