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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

  • Mathematics teachers can take a course online this Fall 2019 to earn graduate credit toward a Master of Arts for Teachers degree from the UNL Department of Mathematics or to earn graduate hours for teaching dual credit and community college courses. For the first time, the department is offering three online courses in one semester: Math 802T Functions, Algebra and Geometry (Class # 20568), Math 810T Algebra for Algebra Teachers (Class # 20463), and Math 811T Functions for High School Teachers (Class # 5103).
  • Greg Snow, 65, professor of physics and astronomy, co-creator of the Cosmic Ray Observatory Project, died May 4. Snow joined the Husker faculty as an associate professor in 1993 and was promoted to full professor in 2008. Snow was co-creator of the Cosmic Ray Observatory Project. This statewide effort involved Nebraska high school students, teachers, and college undergraduates in the study of extended cosmic-ray air showers. Teams of students learned to operate school-based detectors they had constructed themselves. The project had more than 150 student and teacher participants from 26 schools, spread across 15 of Nebraska's 19 Educational Service Units. A memorial service is 11 a.m. May 9 at Roper and Sons Funeral Home, 4300 O St. There will be no visitation. A family obituary can be viewed and condolences can be left online at https://roperandsons.com/gregory-r-snow/.
  • Congratulations to NebraskaNOYCE doctoral graduate Patrick Janike and master's graduate Corie Lubash of Math in the Middle. They earned their degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on May 4, 2019. Janike, who is a Master Teaching Fellow, earned his Ed.D. in Educational Studies. Dr. Janike is a math teacher at Lincoln High School, and has taught several courses for NebraskaMATH over the years. Corie Lubash is a sixth-grade teacher at Lux Middle School and earned a Master of Education from UNL. She participated in Math in the Middle Cohort 4, which graduated with a Master of Arts for Teachers from the Department of Mathematics in 2009.
  • It is our pleasure to announce that five Primarily Math teachers earned master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in either December 2018 or May 2019, in part as a result of their participation in the Omaha Public Schools (OPS) Teacher Leader Academy, the Lincoln Public Schools Primarily Math Title I program, and the Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes. Two teachers from Belvedere Elementary in OPS received a Master of Arts degree from the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education in December: Hannah Radio and Elizabeth Retzlaff. Three additional elementary teachers graduated in May: Elizabeth Whitaker Brower (Beals Elementary, OPS), Melanie Chavez-Nelson (Clinton Elementary, LPS), and Allison Domsch (formerly at Boyd Elementary, OPS).
  • Omaha Public Schools teachers and Math in the Middle graduates Maggie Douglas and Jessica Korth and Primarily Math participant Michelle Meyer are three of the 15 Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award winners for 2019.
  • NebraskaSTEM Noyce Master Teacher Julie Rankin of Riverside Public Schools has received a $5,000 grant from Great Plains Communications in Blair, Nebraska. Rankin submitted details of her STEM Education Project, along with some pictures of her students using Sphero SPRK+ robots on loan from ESU 10. With the grant money, the school plans to purchase a 3D printer with filament, Dash and Dot robots, and Sphero SPRK+ robots with matching funds from the district. Rankin was also presented with the Great Plains Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award and another $5,000 check.

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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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