Captain Morgan receiving instructions for the classroom demonstrations
Captain Morgan receiving instructions for the classroom demonstrations from Bryan who assembled our skeleton
Super Volcanos Peterson Planetarium

Welcome to the Science and Math Education Center

The Science and Math Education Center (SMEC) is all about well... education in the sciences and mathematics!  We operate a STEM - science, technology, engineering, and math educational library and planetarium.  Our library has books but also activity and project kits and ideas! The staff in SMEC has been busy with obtaining and cataloging these new resource acquisitions this past year.  We help students and area teachers to find their needed resources and take your collection development suggestions too.  We have worked with our SMEC Advisory Committee members on several workshops and conferences - from Girl Scout STEM leadership to professional university educators who work with preservice teaching students. Our planetarium has gotten an update in both equipment and show programming. For more see the news break and visit our planetarium webpage.

We have a dedicated crew of SMEC volunteers and if you would like to spend time with us, just drop by and find out more!  This past year, our volunteers have been equally divided between the library and planetarium.  In the library, they do everything from re-shelving books to working on creating an invertebrate fossil set for check-out to students and teachers.  We are currently working on an archeological set for check-out as well with early people's trash - from pottery shards to spent projectile points - and more modern, 19th/20th century, "trash" including broken dishes and door knobs.  SMEC volunteers have helped with collecting from a significant fossil site, follow-up with labeling and photographing this newest vertebrate fossil collection, which is being placed in a museum repository for all to study.  In the planetarium, volunteers have been creating scripts and shows for live planetarium presentations.   Read on to learn more of what we do and who we are...

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Our Purpose

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Our Hours, Location, & Contact

Our Staff

Our Governance & Advisory Board

Our Mission & History

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Special Events

Our Purpose

The Emporia State University Science and Mathematics Education Center (SMEC) serves students, faculty, and area teachers!  This STEM Center includes library resources, planetarium programs, and educational outreach.  We have a plethora of K-12 physical sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics resources in formats including kits for classroom use, teacher resource books, student activity books, literature books, textbooks, professional materials, assessment resources, audio-video & interactive white board DVDs.

We are committed to the improvement of pre-service and in-service preparation for teaching. These services include dissemination of curriculum materials, hands-on outreach activities, staff development, research within school districts, state-wide research, and science and mathematics curriculum development.

SMEC is supported financially with funding from donations as well as the Departments of Biology, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences as well as the The Teachers College.  Our resource center is open to the ESU community as well as the greater Emporia and surrounding communities* for your use.  While we are not funded by the main library, our 10,000 available items complement the University Libraries & Archives collection. This win-win situation means our resources can be searched in the Center and by using the Kellogg on-line catalog.


SMEC Resources

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Our Hours, Location, & Contact

The semester break will start for over the summer on May 13th. Over the summer, hours are yet to be decided.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
& by appointment-in summer!
Location: Science Hall 177
Phone: 620-341-5636
Mail: Emporia State University, SMEC
Campus Box 4030
  1 Kellogg CR
  Emporia, KS  66801-5415

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Our Staff

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SMEC and Planetarium Staff for Spring Semester 2015
Back row, left to right: Lizeth Magana; Rhyan Sawyer; Susie Aber, Director.
Front row: Chris Hayen; Bryan Longwell; Sarah Noller. Christian Lollar is also on staff and is pictured below.

ChrisLizethRhyanAlyssaBryan        Christian

October-December 2014 - left to right> Chris Hayen, Lizeth Magana, Rhyan Sawyer,
Alyssa Floro, Bryan Longwell
 September 2014 - Sarah Noller, Christian Lollar, Bryan Longwell

smec staff 10-2013  October 2013-May 2014

smec staff 8-2013

August-October 2013

Susan Aber SMEC Director
Susan Aber, PhD (620.341.5636)
Lecturer, Earth Science, Emporia State University


Graduate Student Assistant, Earth & Physical Sciences Resource Coordinator
Bryan Longwell
Graduate, MS Candidate, Earth Science Emporia State University

Student Assistant , SMEC & Planetarium, Astronomy & Physics Resource Coordinator
Courtney Barger
Undergraduate, BS Candidate, Physical Science, Emporia State University
Madison Gilliano

Student Assistant, SMEC & Planetarium, Chemistry Resource Coordinator
Madison Gilliano
Undergraduate, BS Candidate, Emporia State University

Student Assistant, LibGuides Resource Coordinator
Samantha Myrick
Undergraduate, BS Candidate, Interdiciplinary Student, Emporia University

Student Assistant, SMEC & Planetarium, Biology and Chemistry Research Coordinator
Adegboyega Jolayemi
Graduate, Masters Forensic Science, Emporia University

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Latest update 9/18/2015.