A new augmented-reality sandbox built at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln depicts elevation changes and water flow dynamics in real time. The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences plans to begin implementing the sandbox in its undergraduate geoscience labs next year.
Discipline-Based Education Research Get Involved

What is DBER?

The primary goal of the Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) group is to study college-level STEM education through learning sciences and education research that is grounded within the cognate expertise of STEM disciplines. DBER research and change efforts work to inform college-level STEM education, drawing on multi-faceted inputs and support. Thus, the DBER Group is composed of faculty, staff and students from STEM, education and other fields who share a common interest in studying and transforming STEM education (formal and informal, PK-16+) through both basic and applied research. The group meets on a weekly basis via an informal STEM Education Seminar where we learn more about current STEM education research and activities in formal (grades PK-16+) and informal (outreach activities and museums) educational settings. Together we explore questions and ideas of mutual interest that deal with STEM education and STEM education research. All are welcome to attend. In addition to our seminar, we also host other types of activities such as workshops and socials.

2017 Nebraska K-12 Science Education Summit

Science Education Summit delves into three dimensions of learning

Nearly 250 people attended the 2nd annual statewide Nebraska K-12 Science Education Summit on Dec. 11, 2017, at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln. The summit gave participants the opportunity to get an update on Nebraska’s new College- and Career-Ready Standards; explore 3-dimensional learning, phenomena, and integrated science; learn about innovative K-12 science curriculum, resources, and programs developed by university faculty; and engage with science education stakeholders from across Nebraska. More than 150 K-12 teachers attended and were joined by Nebraska Department of Education officials; school district science directors; ESU science staff developers; and Nebraska faculty, staff, and graduate students.

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Shape of daylight

Lee's interactive teaching tool for astronomy featured in Washington Post

An article on the fall equinox in the Washington Post features graphics that were adapted from Kevin Lee's interactive teaching tools on the Nebraska astronomy site, the Daylight Hours Explorer. Lee also has seen through Google Analytics that more than 160 major universities have used the tools at astro.unl.edu and the site had more than 1.6 million sessions in 2016, with nearly 2 million hits expected by the end of 2017. Read more

Jenny Dauer
Jenny Dauer, assistant professor of natural resources, speaks with a student about a decision-making exercise. Dauer's forthcoming research is on using the decision-making model to teach scientific literacy. | Greg Nathan, University Communication file photo

Dauer earns NSF grant to assess science, decision-making course

A nearly $300,000 National Science Foundation grant will help a University of Nebraska-Lincoln researcher develop assessments and hone a foundational science course that focuses on teaching students science and decision-making skills.

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Leilani Arthurs
Leilani Arthurs, assistant professor of Earth and atmospheric sciences, sculpts a river bed into the new augmented-reality sandbox in Bessey Hall. Craig Chandler | University Communication

Arthurs, Searls introduce an innovative technology to help EAS students

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 DBER faculty Mindi Searls and Leilani Arthurs.

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