The Mathematics and Science Teaching (MAST) Institute, established in 1987, provides leadership and coordination for projects and programs to improve mathematics and science education, within the University, the state, and nationally.
The MAST Institute is situated in the College of Natural and Health (NHS), and collaborates with faculty from NHS's School of Biological Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Mathematical Sciences, and the Science Education Program. Faculty from the collaborating academic programs and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences participate in Institute projects, working in partnership with K-12 educators, faculty from other higher education institutions, government agencies, and business/community representatives.
MAST Institute Affiliated Faculty
Nearly fifty UNC faculty members in the College of Natural and Health Sciences and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences have been involved in MAST-related projects over the past twenty years.
Growth of the Institute
Since its inception in 1987, the MAST Institute has grown by obtaining several million dollars from external funding for research, and through the pre-service and in-service training of teachers of mathematics and science of grades K-16 throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. The Institute has coordinated joint efforts among the departments of the University, other Colorado Institutes of Higher Education, and numerous school districts within state and region.
MAST Institute Goals
- Prepare tomorrow's teachers
- Enhance today's teachers
- Facilitate faculty development
- Support collaborative partnerships
- Support research and development
- Promote science & mathematics for all
UNC Researcher to Present at State Capitol
Dr. Andrew Bentley presented his research on how misinformation spread by dissenters of climate change affects the public’s belief to legislators at the state capitol for Colorado Science Day on Jan 19, 2018. Dr. Bentley received a proclamation signed by Governor John Hickenlooper for his participation in Early-Career Scientist Day.
Dr. Bentley at the State Capitol with his signed proclamation
Dr. Bentley & Colorado State Representative Dave Young
Teacher Educator Technology Competencies (TETCs)
One of the special teams that Dr. David Slykhuis is currently involved in is the Teacher Educator Technology Competencies which was developed o support the redesign of teaching in teacher education programs so that ALL teacher educators are prepared to model and integrate technology in their teaching. Teacher candidates who receive consistent and appropriate experiences with technology throughout their teacher education programs will be more prepared to integrate technology into their own classrooms.
For more information, visit http://site.aace.org/tetc/ for the full article as well as other publications written by the team.
Contact: Dr. David Slykhuis
Dr. Jennifer Parrish
Dr. Jennifer Parrish recently presented a paper titled, “The Effectiveness of Using Explicit and Reflective Interventions in a Biology Course for Pre-service Elementary Teachers to Develop Understandings of Nature of Science and Scientific Inquiry” at the 2018 Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) International Conference in Baltimore, MD.
Proposals now being accepted for the 3rd Annual HEFL Conference
Proposals are now being accepted for the 3rd Annual Higher Education Flipped Learning Conference hosted by Math and Science Teaching Institute at the University of Northern Colorado on June 14th and 15th, 2018.
We are looking for 45 minute sessions, poster presentations, and 90 minute mini-workshops focusing on flipped learning research, implementation, or professional development. Registration will open by late January, look for updates on the webpage.
Contact: Dr. Nissa Yestness
UNC Receives $1 Million Grant for from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) for Inclusive STEM Excellence
Project Title: Improving Classroom Culture to Support Intrinsic Motivation as a Pathway to STEM Inclusive
Grant award: $1 million, September 2017-August 2022
Funding Agency: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Researchers: Mast Institute staff, Lori Reinsvold Ph.D. (Co-Director), will work with Project Director, Susan Keenan Ph.D. (School of Biological Sciences), and Jodie Novak Ph.D. (School of Mathematical Sciences) on this new project that begins September 1, 2017.
Of note: Over multiple stages of peer-review by scientists and science educators, HHMI identified 24 schools out of 511 that applied for Inclusive Excellence 2017 awards.
UNC Awarded $2.2 Million to Help Recruit, Retain Teachers in Rural School Districts, December, 2016
The Colorado Department of Higher Education has awarded the University of Northern Colorado a $2.2 million grant that will be used over the next five years to help address teacher shortages in Colorado's rural school districts.
The Rural Educator Recruitment and Retention grant will fund the establishment and operation of the Center for Rural Education, which will be led by faculty from UNC's School of Special Education, School of Biological Sciences, and the MAST Institute. Dr. Harvey Rude (Special Education) serves as PI and Director of this center, and Dr. Rob Reinsvold (Biological Sciences) and Dr. Lori Reinsvold (MAST Institute) as Co-Directors. The center will focus on recruiting and retaining Colorado rural educators in high-need areas of science, mathematics, special education and cultural/linguistic diversity. For more information, contact Lori Reinsvold
Calendar of Events
Jan 17, 2018
Feb 13, 2018
Longs Peak Science and Engineering Fair (LPSEF)
LPSEF will hold its 47th annual fair on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. LPSEF is a regional fair affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). There will be 30-35 projects qualifying for the 2018 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF) and at least one project will qualify for ISEF.
The Colorado Science and Engineering Fair offers students in grades 5 – 12 the opportunity to compete in one of the following categories in either the Junior (5th – 8thgrades) or Senior (9th – 12th grades) Division. Team projects are studies conducted by two or three students in any discipline. Team projects will compete against individual projects for the same Grand Awards in 12 category.
Contact Lori Ball (970) 351-2976 for more information
Apr 20, 2018
Science Education Symposium
Information will be provided at a later time.
June 14 - 15, 2018
2nd Annual Higher Education Flipped Learning Conference
The conference allows higher education flipped classroom practitioners to exchange practices and outcomes, highlight faculty engaged in assessment of flipped classrooms, and discuss the future of flipped learning in higher education.
More information will be provided at a later time.
Contact: Dr Nissa Yestness at (970) 351-3358 for more information