CENTER FOR SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS EDUCATION (CSME):
The Center for Science & Mathematics Education (CSME) supports and promotes active-learning based science and mathematics education projects for youth statewide and individuals who teach those youth. Read more about CSME's goals and objectives below.
CSME provides the infrastructure to support multiple K-20 science, mathematics, and engineering education (STEM) projects that are collaborative in nature. We host and facilitate competitive STEM projects and events for K-12 students. Listed below are the projects we work with.
Individuals, organizations, and agencies interested in enhancing the relationships of STEM disciplines to education are encouraged to contact us.
CSME Goals and Objectives:
- Provides an infrastructure for the operation of multiple science and mathematics education projects.
- Promotes collaboration with other North Dakota institutions to implement a statewide plan for the improvement of undergraduate teacher preparation and graduate professional development for science and mathematics teachers.
- Provides opportunities for faculty and students to become involved in K-16 science and mathematics education projects.
- Supports the ongoing efforts of individuals, departments, and groups of faculty involved with K-12 activities such as Governor's School, Science Olympiad, and other science/math functions.
The programs we work with include activities that promote STEM education at the K-20 level. Below is a list of the projects we currently work with. Note: These program webpages will move to the Office of Teaching and Learning and will be removed from this site after the 2019 events.
Avenues of Scientific DiscoveryNDSU graduate student's have created hands-on activities showcasing their fields of study that allows you to experience what science is all about in the real world. Check out the different booths set up. Move at your own pace to investigate what these life-science fields are all about. Participate in the activities, pose questions to the graduate students, or just come to witness science in action.
Expanding Your Horizons is a nationwide conference held for young women in grades 7-9 to encourage and develop their career interests in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in an effort to overcome a history of limited participation by women in these career fields. The tri-college consortium offers a one-day regional Expanding Your Horizons conference each year in April to connect students with women working in STEM career fields and foster a love of STEM education.
STEM Kids Camps, is a variety of summer day-camps focused on topics in STEM for students in grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. This program helps ignite a passion and/or fuel your child's passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classes. Students learn about robots, rockets, coding, and more.
History of CSME:
The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education established the Center for Science and Mathematics Education on March 19, 1998. Initial support came from the NDSU College of Human Development & Education and the NDSU College of Science & Mathematics.
The Office of Teaching and Learning took over the Center for Science and Mathematics Education from 2015 to 2018.
The College of Science and Mathematics took over program direction in 2019 and the NDSU School of Education also provides programmatic support.
Funding in support of our collaborative grant efforts comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF),National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Education, and other federal/state agencies.
- CSME is now part of the NDSU College of Science and Mathematics. The Avenues of Scientific Discovery and Expanding Your Horizons programs will continue to operate under the Office of Teaching and Learning.
- Dr. Lisa M. Montplaisir received the 2015 NDSU College Paul Juell Award for Excellence in Mentoring.