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Captain Morgan receiving instructions for the classroom demonstrations
Captain Morgan receiving instructions for the classroom demonstrations from Bryan who assembled our skeleton

Welcome to the Science and Math Education Center


Hours, Location, & Contact

Hours: Monday-Friday,
8:00 am - 4:30 pm 
and by appointment       
Mail: Emporia State University
One Kellogg Circle 
Campus Box 4030
Emporia, KS  66801-5415

Science Hall 177

If we are not staffed,
check in Science Hall 133,
the Physical Science office for help




Our Purpose

The Science and Math Education (SMEC) center is a library available to students, faculty, pre-service, and in-service teachers. We offer a wide variety of books over just about every topic you could want, for just about every grade level you could be looking for. However, in addition to these books, we have tools, games, and activities available for check out too. These KITS range from models of the cell to math games. Looking for a micro-teaching activity or looking for a fun way to get your students involved with magnets? We've got you covered. We also check out calculators, both individually for the student who forgot their calculator for a test, and in sets for that smaller classroom that doesn't usually use calculators.

We're involved in STEM outreach. SMEC has participated in outreach activities at local libraries and schools. If you're interested in working with kids, check in to see if we've got any outreach activities coming up! In addition to these, we have Peterson Planetarium, which sports a Spitz 512 star ball that simulates the starry night sky, two projectors. One provides us with the opportunity to show slideshows, DVDs, and VHS in the planetarium, while the other projector allows us to show full dome features. Peterson Planetarium is available for school groups, clubs, family get-togethers, and everything in between, along with over 30 full dome, educational videos.

To check out Peterson Planetarium

To search our library


SMEC Resources

SMEC Office
          SMEC Office       Science & Math

How to use our facilities:

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Our Staff

SMEC and Planetarium Staff for Spring 2018

SMEC Interim Director
Scott Capes
Emporia State University

Student Assistant, Planetarium, Operator & Presenter; Custom Show Designer & Star Gazing Coordinator

Courtney Barger
Undergraduate, BSE Candidate, Physical Science, Emporia State University

Student Assistant, SMEC & Planetarium, Astronomy Research Coordinator

Stephanie Whittet
Undergraduate, BSE Candidate, Emporia State University


Student Assistant, SMEC & Planetarium, Earth Science Research Coordinator

Melinda Dome
Undergraduate, BS Earth Science Candidate, Emporia State University

From the past...

SMEC and Planetarium Staff for Spring 2016

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Samantha birthday    


Image Left - Back row, left to right: Bryan Longwell; Sarah Noller; Les Parks; Susie Aber; Madison Galliano
Front row left to right:
Courtney Barger; Rhyan Sawyer; Megan Sprague; Samantha Myrick.
Image Right - left to right: Rhyan Sawyer; Lizeth Magana; Bob Everoski (volunteer); Andy Kuhn (volunteer).

SMEC and Planetarium Staff for Fall Semester 2015
           Holiday Celebration 12-2015  Samantha   Sarah

Image left:  Back row, left to right: Madison Galliano; Bryan Longwell; Andy Kuhn (volunteer); Rhyan Sawyer; Lizeth Magana; Megan Sprague; Jon Vopata (volunteer); Janet (Phy.Sci. student secretary).
Samantha Myrick; Susie Aber, Director.
Front row, left to right: Les Parks; Ginger Tabares (Phy.Sci. Administrative Assistant); Shelby Williams (Phy.Sci. student secretary); Lauren Miller (Phy.Sci. student secretary); Courtney Barger.
Image center: Samantha Myrick.  Image right: Sarah Noller. Nick Ramsey not pictured.

SMEC and Planetarium Staff for Spring 2015

staff2015 minus Christian

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.

SMEC and Planetarium Staff for Fall 2014

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 and Planetarium Staff for Fall 2013-Spring 2014

smec staff 10-2013

smec staff 8-2013

  Image left: October 2013-May 2014 Image right: August-October 2013

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Latest update 2/7/2018.