Kansas Invertebrate Fossil Kit
Invertebrate Fossils of Kansas
Vertebrate Fossil Excavation Site
Vertebrate Fossil Dig
Captain Morgan receiving instructions for the classroom demonstrations
Captain Morgan receiving instructions for the classroom demonstrations from Bryan who assembled our skeleton
Special showing at the Planetarium
Activities from SMEC include the PLANETARIUM!
Open House 2013
Favorite visitors to the SMEC Open House
Kansas Farmer -MRD 558
Math resource available from the many resources in SMEC

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...

What's New!!

SPECIAL LECTURE IN THE PLANETARIUM--King of the Dwarfs: Pluto Re-visited!
Mark Brown, Guest Lecturer
Bryan Longwell and Rhyan Sawyer, ESU Student Planetarium Lecturers

Tuesday, November 10 is an evening to learn about PLUTO through the eyes of New Horizons

Call for reservations at (620)341-5636

THANKS for supporting your planetarium

Our Purpose
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Our Staff

2014 Special Events - Summary of Peterson Planetarium
Past and Present

2013 Special Events

Our Governance & Advisory Board

Our Mission & History
The Kansas Science Teacher

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

SMEC Office
          SMEC Office       Science & Math

* If you are not currently an ESU student, staff, or faculty, then you need to obtain a Kansas Resident Card to check out our resources. The KRC is available at ESU White Library circulation desk (see campus map for White Library or WL location).  What do you need to bring? A Kansas drivers license or official Kansas photo id card and $20.00 per year. Thanks for supporting us!!

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Our Hours, Location, & Contact

The semester break will mean SMEC honors ESU closing between Christmas Eve, 12:01pm until January 5, 2015.  At that time, we will have limited access... Holiday Schedule: SMEC will remain open until December 19. Beyond that date, you can still have access by dropping into the Physical Science Main Office (SH 133). See you again in 2015!

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
& by appointment-in summer!
Location: Science Hall 177
Phone: 620-341-5636
Email: scimathc@emporia.edu
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

Sarah Noller

Graduate Student Assistant, Biology & Chemistry Resource Coordinator
Sarah Noller

Graduate Student, MS Candidate, Biological Sciences, Emporia State University

  Rhyan Sawyer

Student Assistant, Astronomy & Physics Resource Coordinator
Rhyan Sawyer
Undergraduate, BS Candidate, Physical Science, Pre-Engineering, Emporia State University

Lizeth Magana

 Student Assistant,  Astronomy & Physics Resource Coordinator
 Lizeth Magana
Undergraduate, BS Candidate, Physical Science, Pre-Engineering, Emporia State University   

 Megan Sprague


Graduate Student Assistant, LibGuide Maintainer
Megan Sprague
Graduate, MS Candidate, Earth Science, Emporia State University


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

Nick Ramsey

Student Assistant 
Nick Ramsey
Undergraduate, BS Candidate, Earth Science, Emporia State University
Madison Gilliano

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

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Latest update 9/18/2015.