NCSCE is a national organization that supports a community of teachers and learners. Through symposia, materials, and grant funding, we help educators in and outside the classroom make connections between the content they teach and real world issues of civic importance.

By putting content into context, what is inaccessible becomes accessible, what is uninteresting becomes interesting, and what is not meaningful becomes meaningful.  We empower learners by showing them that their knowledge matters, and what they learn today can help solve some of the biggest problems of tomorrow.



Our signature initiative, SENCER connects STEM content to real-world issues. SENCER faculty empower students to care about what they're learning, and encourage students to use that learning to make a real difference.



SENCER-ISE supports collaborations between formal education (colleges and universities) and informal education (museums, zoos, wildlife centers, etc.) to show students and the public that learning happens everywhere, not just in the classroom.


Engaging Mathematics

Engaging Mathematics courses make math accessible and relevant to students by showing them how it relates to issues they care about, such as sustainability, racial profiling, social justice, and international ecotourism.

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Transcending Barriers to Success

Transcending Barriers works to establish and advance robust partnerships between indigenous populations and local educators to improve educational outcomes for all students, promote cultural understanding, and foster lasting collaborations on issues of common concern.

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National Institute for Science and Civic Engagement

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Through GLISTEN, undergraduate students take the lead in improving the health of the Great Lakes through restoration and stewardship activities part of on-campus coursework and in partnership with government and community-based organizations.

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NCSCE's community is made up of colleges, universities, K-12 schools, museums, wildlife centers, science and education organizations, and more. Find community members near you.




There are plenty of ways to get involved in our community. You can attend one of our national or regional events, get a campus consultation, sign up for our newsletter, publish in our journal, volunteer your time, or make a financial donation.

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