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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.

The CSMCE assists not only faculty and organizations across campus but also education-focused organizations associated with the university community to host events, conferences, or workshops both in-person and online. Center staff members bring expertise in Zoom conferences and webinars, event planning and on-site coordination, design of promotional posters, written marketing communications, copy editing of proposals, and the creation and design of nametags, programs, and web pages.

News and Events

  • Vote for our video 'AIR@NE: K-8 Computer Science' for the People's Choice Award in the NSF STEM for All Video Showcase! This free, interactive event highlights projects that enhance STEM and CS education. Vote by May 18, 2021.
  • Daughter and mother Hannah Holguin and Dianne Lee, both Omaha Public Schools math teachers and graduates of Math in the Middle, were both recipients of a 2021 Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award in the same year.
  • Congratulations to the four Nebraska teachers who earned master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2021, in part as a result of their participation in the MAT program or ITEAM. Three teachers earned a Master of Arts for Teachers (MAT) degree from the Department of Mathematics: Hannah Beck, Grand Island Senior High School; Nicholas Clayburn, Lincoln Public Schools District Office (formerly Lincoln High School); and Kelsey Cordero, Gretna Elementary. Jason Wendelin, a Gretna Public Schools teacher at Whitetail Creek Elementary who completed ITEAM in 2019 along with Cordero, graduated with a Master of Arts from the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education.
  • The 22nd Women in Science Conference, postponed from 2020, was rescheduled for April 9-10, 2021, as an online event. The conference featured keynote speaker Dr. Laura Trouille of the Adler Planetarium and Northwestern University, and a total of 57 students from Nebraska and Kansas, representing 11 schools, attended. In case you missed it, you can watch the recording of Trouille’s presentation on citizen science. Trouille is the VP of Science Engagement and Visualization at the Adler and a research associate at the Northwestern University CIERA Center for Astrophysics.
  • STEM CONNECT Scholar: Research in computer engineering drives transfer student Brandon Ramos
  • STEM CONNECT Scholar: Software engineering major Nicole Livingston rises to challenges
  • STEM CONNECT Scholar: Santiago Giraldo explores how computer science can improve society
  • We are now accepting applications to Math in the Middle from teachers who want to be part of this community of highly qualified teachers of mathematics in grades 4-8. Acceptance to the MAT degree program will be done on a rolling basis.
  • Apply now to be a part of CSForAll: Adapt, Implement, and Research at Nebraska (AIR@NE), an NSF-funded grant that examines the adaptation and implementation of a validated K-8 Computer Science curriculum in diverse school districts. The application for Cohort 3, which will be held fully online, is now open! Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through the spring semester 2021.

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