CSU is closely monitoring and following COVID-19 (Coronavirus) guidance as outlined by public health experts. The Natural Sciences Education and Outreach Center is open with reduced on-campus hours. Please feel free to contact us by phone or email.

The Natural Sciences Education & Outreach Center is hiring!! We are currently seeking a STEM Education Specialist. Application deadline is October 30th – see the full job description here.

The Natural Sciences Education & Outreach Center is a part of the College of Natural Sciences at Colorado Sate University and engages with CSU faculty and students as well as 4th – 12th grade faculty and students in a variety of ways.

Opportunities for CSU Students

Opportunities for CSU Faculty

  • Broader Impacts STEM Kit Development – The NSEOC provides support to faculty NSF grants by developing, maintaining and housing STEM Kits for their broader impacts section.
  • Science and Mathematics Teaching Methods Course Support:
  • Join CSU’s Sigma Xi Chapter – Sigma Xi is an international, multidisciplinary community of science and engineering professionals dedicated to research excellence, to promoting public engagement with science, and to fostering the next generation of researchers. Through the recognition and honor of induction, Sigma Xi members join a distinguished community of researchers, including more than 200 Nobel Laureates. In collaboration with the NSEOC, Sigma Xi offers two keynote talks each year to faculty, staff and the community.

Opportunities for 4th-12th Grade Faculty

  • Master of Natural Science Education degree – CSU has a distance graduate program for in-service science teachers that combines science content and pedagogy. It includes hands-on lab experiences that the NSEOC coordinates with the faculty for all of the classes.
  • STEM Kit Lending Library – The NSEOC has a growing inventory of STEM educational materials available for loan to local teachers.
  • STEM Friday Expeditions – The NSEOC offers the opportunity for teachers in the Northern Colorado area (at most an hour’s bus ride to Fort Collins) to bring up to 30 students to CSU’s main campus to do one of our STEM kits.
  • Professional Development:
    • NSEOC/Sigma Xi KeynotesSigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is the international honor society of science and engineering. In partnership with the NSEOC, the CSU Chapter of Sigma Xi offers two keynote talks each year to faculty, staff and the community.
    • NSEOC YouTube Channel – The NSEOC has several YouTube videos available to educators that outline how to use our STEM kits or highlight our many programs.
    • GetWET STEM Experience – The GetWET Observatory is one of two outdoor hands-on groundwater education facilities in the Rocky Mountain Region. Located on CSU property along Spring Creek is a groundwater well field that allows students to study the interaction between the creek and the groundwater.
    • Scientific Inquiry – Learn how to integrate experimental research projects into the classroom.
    • Resources for Teaching Mathematics – Here are a number of resources for math and science teachers created by the Math Education faculty at CSU.
    • Resources for Teaching Science – Here are a number of resources for math and science teachers created by the Science Education faculty at CSU.
  • National Park Service Partnership – The NSEOC and the National Park Service partnered to make park science come to life in classrooms.

Opportunities for 4th-12th Grade Students

  • Triunfo Mentoring Program – This program matches CSU students with 3rd – 5th grade students from Harris Bilingual Elementary School to provide homework help, reading and math tutoring as well as fun science experiences. The NSEOC partners with El Centro and the CNS Learning Community for this program.
  • Colorado Science and Engineering Fair – The CSEF is the state level science fair competition where winners from the 13 regional science fairs win the opportunity to present their research projects each spring at CSU. As hosts of the CSEF, the NSEOC staff offer the opportunity for students planning on entering the Longs Peak Regional Science & Engineering Fair to practice their interviewing skills with Mock Interviews in early February.
  • El Centro Math-Science-Tech Day – MST Day is an opportunity for 4th grade students from select Fort Collins elementary schools to visit CSU campus and take part in a variety of hands-on STEM activities. For more information, contact El Centro at CSU.
  • SciTrek Summer Camp – This is a week-long summer camp for students entering 10th – 12th grade the following year. Students participating in SciTrek will explore current scientific research from a variety of fields. In the past, topics have included the mountain pine beetle infestation, invasive plant species, dendrochronology, groundwater quality and quantity, geographic mapping, evolution/natural selection, solar energy, etc.
  • SummerVet Summer Camp – This is a week-long summer camp for students entering 10th – 12th grade the following year. The Summer Vet Program is a student’s ticket to the world of veterinary medicine. For students who are serious about becoming a veterinarian, this is a super opportunity to look into the real and sometimes gritty field of veterinary medicine.
Stems from a Science Kit