Dr. Weber is an artful scientist, creating holistic ways STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) can be taught, studied, and disseminated. She teaches for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lesley.
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In partnership with Dr. Susan Rauchwerk, Nicole also co-directs the EcoNet Lab, a creative space where educators can connect with scientists to create a learning community that supports local environmental literacy efforts, and as a result have created a critical exploratory space for young minds (STEAM WonderLab). Their collaboration has begun a new dialogue around the embedded pedagogical goals within their science methods courses that ignited new research methods to study the pedagogical shift in a teacher’s experience.
In addition, Dr. Weber realized the need and benefit of making the learning path more visual for students, and as a result enrolled in the Lesley University MFA in Visual Arts Program. As Dr. Weber shifts and finds comfort within the art discourse, her current work looks at the female experience within the science disciplinary silo. Dr. Weber is a lead on the Mt. Auburn Citizen Science project and provides support for STEAM Beans.
Interests: Science Education, Engineering Education, STEAM (Science + Technology + Engineering + Art + Math) Education, Critical Exploration, Applied Conservation, Environmental Justice, Play, Anthropocene, Ecological Teaching and Learning, Environmental Education/Art, Womanhood, Earth/Land Art, Installation, and Sense of Self and Place Exploration
PhD, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Postdoctoral Research, Engineering Education, Purdue University; MFA in Visual Arts, Lesley University