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Math/Science Nucleus is a non-profit (501(c)3), educational and research organization composed of scientists, educators and community members founded in 1982. It serves as an online science resource center to assist school districts, teachers, and administrators around the world. The major goal is to develop problem solving capacity through science for the world's children.   We provide a free online reference science curriculum for elementary grades. Not only lesson plans but online animated storybooks and slideshows guide any educator to  integrate science content into children's lives.

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Another major goal is to enhance the skills of teachers and administrators by providing workshops increase their  teaching and science content skills . Improving their literacy will effectively teach generations of children.  

Locally (San Francisco Bay area) we manage the Children's Natural History Museum of Fremont which include the collection of Wes Gordon of Ice Age Mammals from the local area.  The museum also has touch displays of other fossils, rocks, minerals, and nature specimens.

The Math Science Nucleus also manages Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon Wetland Center, a 17 acre site owned by Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District.  Students experience an urban wetland by observing at native vegetation and how they attract native animals. 

Who does Math/Science Nucleus Serve?

Math/Science Nucleus serves children, school districts. teachers, administrators, colleges, and community members. The Math/Science Nucleus has provided training in science, math, and integrating computer technology to more than 15,000 teachers across the nation. Our website gets an average of 7000 users per day, with up to 2.5 million hits per month.  Our guidelines help schools create their own dynamic program. The use of telecommunications has allowed us to reach almost every corner of the world!

"I have seen the emergence of a science program (I. Science MaTe) that has certainly changed the attitude and expertise of both staff and students, as well as the parents of our school community. This experience of working with a resource outside of the school community in developing and implementing a comprehensive science program has been particularly significant. With almost 30 years in education, this has been a first for me. The blending of ideas from scientists, with those ideas from the educators, has been intriguing"

-John Melendez (former Principal, Blacow Elementary, Fremont, California)

 

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INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL PROJECTS

I. SCIENCE MATE CURRICULUM
The Integrating Science, Math, and Technology curriculum and program allows an entire elementary (K-6) school to become involved with science. For 34 weeks a teacher is instructed on how to set up three activities per week. The I. Science MaTe curriculum is an integration of science and math, that requires cooperation of teachers, administrators, and parents at a school site. A junior high (7-8) program provides two hands-on labs per week for a semester of Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Human Biology/Health.

Real science for teachers provides our children with the most up-to-date science content and math instructional techniques. Materials are currently free on the web as Acrobat PDF files. 

USING TECHNOLOGY TO INCREASE SCIENCE AND MATH SKILLS
Math/Science Nucleus is currently testing how new computer technologies and the Internet can enhance the teaching of science and math. 

INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PROJECT
A new technology project that has American students assisting students in Eritrea, Africa.

CATHERINE RAIA MINI SCHOLAR PROGRAM
This essay competition is open to graduating elementary school students from select New York area schools. The program consists of a literary competition where students express their feelings on "Why Science Is Important" in their lives.
 

LOCAL PROJECTS

K-8 SCIENCE AND MATH CLASSES
MS Nucleus facility has a model classroom that illustrates how to store and use science and math materials. School field trips and after school classes are conducted.

 

TEACHER WORKSHOPS
Math/Science Nucleus staff conducts workshops and seminars for teachers of all levels. Workshops are hands-on and provide instructions on how to effectively teach students through learning science content. Classroom management is also emphasized. The workshops and seminars are conducted at the MS Nucleus facility in Fremont, California or at school or district sites in any part of the country.

WATERSHED STUDIES
Scientists, naturalists, and other mentors work with students in the Laguna and Alameda Creek watersheds in the eastern portion of the San Francisco Bay. Local groups, government, private, and other non profits participate with MS Nucleus to work with students to collect watershed data, and perform meaningful, real science.

MATERIALS
The Math/Science Nucleus supplies low cost, quality science materials to individuals and schools. A showroom of science materials is maintained at the Fremont facility and is open to the public. Custom science and math "trunks" are available. Please call for more information.

INDUSTRY
 The Math/Science Nucleus (MSN) was founded to assist educators and administrators in getting "cutting edge" science into schools. Since 1982, MS Nucleus has worked with schools and industry in developing partnerships that benefit children directly.

 


BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Joyce R. Blueford, Ph.D., President 
Debbie Davidson, Vice President 

MEMBERS
John Melendez, M.A.  
David Stronck, Ph.D.  
Ray Wong, M.S. 
James Gonzales, M.D.

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