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:

Upcoming events

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


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

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


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.

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 strageties we can do now in our current classes that will develop our students' powers of visual, scientific and verbal expression.

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