The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement is committed to the idea that STEM education is civic education.  It aims to empower responsible, lifelong learners who can apply the knowledge, values, and methods of science to the civic challenges facing our local and global communities.

NCSCE is a national organization that supports a community of educators throughout the STEM learning ecosystem, from K-12 and undergraduate education, to "free-choice" and informal education. Over 7000 educators have taken part in NCSCE activities. Through professional development programs we support cross-sector collaboration, curriculum and course design, assessment, research, and mentoring.  We help educators in and outside the classroom make connections between the content they teach and real world issues of civic importance. Our goal is to  empower learners by showing them that STEM education is civic education, and what they learn today can help solve some of the biggest problems of tomorrow.  For a full picture of NCSCE projects, people, resources, and past activity, go to

SENCER is NCSCE's signature program. SENCER courses and programs strengthen student learning and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by connecting course topics to issues of critical local, national, and global importance.

Students and faculty report that the SENCER approach makes science more real, accessible, “useful,” and civically important.  For history, resources, the SENCER Course Model Series, and lots more go to


The SENCER "community of transformation" includes 9 regional Centers of Innovation. For the one nearest you go to:

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NCSCE's Peer-Reviewed Journal invites research, project reports, reviews 


NCSCE Presentations:

NABT Professional Development Conference

November 11-14 Atlanta


Link to PPT presentation by Reilly and Smyth

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NCSCE is recording content from our recent meetings and uploading videos to our NCSCE Youtube Channel.  Check out these presentations:

SENCER Summer Institute Panel: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion-What the Research Shows.

Matt Fisher's SENCER, COVID-19, and the Next Decade of Undergraduate STEM Education.

Katayoun Chamany's Hela Cells and Black Lives Matter--An Intersectional Analysis of Race, Gender, Class and Biology

RECENT Meetings and Webinars:

NATIONAL MEETING: The SENCER Summer Institute 2021 was held on-line August 5-22, 2021.  For information on the meeting program and presenters go to:

WEBINAR: GRASSROOTS, GRASSROOTS HISTORY, AND THE ARTS AND SCIENCES Simple, high impact strategies we can do now in our current classes that will develop our students' powers of visual, scientific and verbal expression.

Upcoming Events of Interest: 

Check out the talks, videos, and podcasts offered by an organization supporting our civic culture and deliberative democracy! Coming up:

Book Talk with Peter Smith October 14, 2021

Peter Smith is a former member of Congress and former Lieutenant Governor of Vermont who led the effort to create a community college in Vermont,…

How to Call Your Reps October 20, 2021

Think calling your elected officials is a waste of time? Worried you’ll get grilled and don’t have all the answers? Never fear, calling is easy…

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Dave Ucko, SENCER-ISE Co-Director, has published “Museums and the Aging Brain”

Charlie Walter, who participated in the first SENCER-ISE grant, has just published a report on the outgrowth of that work in Connected Science Learning

Sarah Tolbert, SENCER Fellow from New Zealand, is co-editor on an exciting and timely (open source!) book, Reimagining Science Education in the Anthropocene which reconceptualizes science education by centering the concerns and interests of marginalized people:


Our SENCER colleague Omar A. Quintero-Carmona from University of Richmond is the Winner of the 2021 American Society for Cell Biology Prize for Excellence in Inclusivity.  Check out this great video!  

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, home of the New England SENCER Center of Innovation, has a been selected as by The Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), as the 2021 Delphi Award recipient for their work creating a new tenure track exclusively for teaching faculty and providing more job security in terms of long-term contracts for remaining NTTF.  WPI shares the award with. The University of Denver (DU) and each institutions receives a $15,000 cash award to continue their work to support adjunct, contingent, and/or non-tenure-track faculty (NTTF) in promoting student success.


SCIENCE COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP: Our colleague Sarah Sunu at COMPASS Science Communication are hosting a new virtual workshop, Writing with the Message Box, on December 15th from 10 AM - 1 PM PST/ 1-4 PM EST. This workshop builds on the lessons from the Message Box training and helps you apply them to writing. Whether you’re working on an essay, paper, or proposal, this workshop will help you incorporate your key messages in a clear and compelling way. Just like all of our trainings, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for practice and feedback. 

If you’d like to join, you can register here. As a thank you for being a part of our community, we're giving 25% off the regular ticket price with the discount code: WMB2021. If you can’t make it on December 15, don’t worry. We plan to offer more virtual events in the coming year (join our mailing list to stay in the know on future trainings).


As of 2021, the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement is an independent 501c3 organization, eligible to accept tax deductible donations and gifts. All NCSCE and SENCER programs will continue to be available to everyone, not just members. However, as part of our new independent organizational structure, we are launching a member-donor program in order to identify our most active participants, provide more responsive networking, program, and leaderships development, and better serve the specific professional development needs of SENCER practitioners.  Basic membership is only 50.00 a year, and members receive reduced rates for meetings and workshops with fees, access to member-only networking sites (which will appear on the site menu after you join), and are eligible for leadership roles within the organization. Your donor memberships will support our ongoing Institutes and symposia, topical webinars, and the peer-reviewed journal Science Education and Civic Engagement (SECEIJ), as well as more individualized academic mentoring, networking, and project development.

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