Welcome to the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Computer Education's outreach site, which provides contact and program information about our current outreach efforts and grant programs. If you would like to partner with us, please let us know. Partnerships produce more efficient uses of resources, help create dynamic new programs, and overall enhance outreach efforts between faculty researchers, schools, and local and statewide organizations.
Active grants supporting PK-16 teachers
Building a Comprehensive Geoscience Learning Experience: NSF-funded “GeoPaths” seeks to engage more students in applied geology, through field courses and other experiential learning. This project includes summer field courses for high school students and undergraduates who are potential secondary science teachers. Contact Mindi Searls for more information.
CSforALL: Adapt, Implement, and Research (AIR@NE): This $2 million NSF-funded grant is examining the adaptation and implementation of a validated K-8 Computer Science curriculum in diverse Nebraska school districts. The grant provides professional development in computer science to K-8 teachers; builds a statewide professional community of K-8 computer science teachers; and studies how districts facing different contextual challenges, including rural schools, majority-minority schools, and Native American reservation schools, adapt the curriculum to fit local needs and strengths to broaden participation in computer science.
Math Early On: The success of the Primarily Math program and the NebraskaMATH OPS Teacher Leader Academy led to a follow-on project, Math Early On. This project focuses on professional development for preschool educators and has received $1.2 million in funding from the Buffett Early Childhood Fund.
Noyce NebraskaSTEM Master Teaching Fellows: Funded by NSF’s Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, elementary teachers from 14 rural Nebraska high-need schools are participating in a program designed to help Nebraska teachers facilitate high-quality STEM learning opportunities for K-6 students in rural Nebraska. The CSMCE is also a lead institution in two other current Noyce grants: PERSIST (Persistence, Effectiveness, and Retention Studies In STEM Teaching) and T-LEAD (Teacher Leadership: Investigating the Persistence and Trajectories of Noyce Master Teaching Fellows).
Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership (MTE-Partnership): Starting in 2012, APLU developed the MTE-Partnership that now comprises 40 teams across 31 states, including the Nebraska partnership organized by UNL faculty. MTE-Partnership provides a coordinated research, development, and implementation effort to transform secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs, and is supported by a collaborative NSF grant between Auburn University and UNL. Sub-groups within the MTE-Partnership have four additional NSF awards, including two of which UNL is a lead or sub-award institution (SEMINAL and MODULE(S2). Contact Wendy Smith for more information.