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SENCER-izing Your Curriculum: Best Practices for Linking STEM Education and Civic Engagement


October 7, 2013 - Abromson Center at the University of Southern Maine, Portland

October 8, 2013 - Wells Conference Center, University of Maine, Orono, ME


For college/community college faculty, high school and middle school teachers, pre-service teachers, informal science educators, and others.


Learn about best practices and strategies for:


  • Developing STEM curriculum that engages students in real-world challenges that are of relevance to their communities, based on the national SENCER program.

  • Involving students in service-based learning programs.

  • Using stakeholder partnerships and current findings from Maine's innovative research portfolio to enhance the classroom experience.

SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) is an organization that applies the science of learning to the learning of science, all to expand civic capacity. SENCER courses and programs connect science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content to critical local, national, and global challenges. 

SENCER works to improve science education by focusing on real world problems and, by so doing, extends the impact of this learning across the curriculum to the broader community and society. They do this by developing faculty expertise in teaching "to" basic, canonical science and mathematics "through" complex, capacious, often unsolved problems of civic consequence. Using materials, assessment instruments, and research developed in the SENCER project, faculty learn to design curricular projects that connect science learning to real world challenges

Maine Campus Compact, Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine and SENCER Maine working together to recruit, build and strengthen the network of Maine faculty leaders who are incorporating the SENCER model into their curriculum. Through our Strategic Synergies project we are supporting college faculty and professional educators development of locally-relevant, STEM courses to engage students in community issues and activities.

Online Registration is now closed. Please download and complete this onsite registration form and bring it with you to the location of your choice. Walk ins are welcome.





This activity is supported by a National Science Foundation EPSCoR award  #EPS-0904155 to Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine.