Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education

At the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE), we are dedicated to advancing mathematics and science education at local, state, and national levels. We are an interdisciplinary community of scholars at San Diego State University engaged in research, curriculum development and dissemination, publications, presentations, and leadership roles in the community.

What Makes CRMSE Unique

  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration. CRMSE faculty actively collaborate across six departments in both the College of Sciences and the College of Education.
  • External Funding. CRMSE faculty have secured nearly $50 million to conduct educational research since 2000. The funds have largely come from the National Science Foundation.
  • Integration of Scientific Research in Education with Implementation Projects. CRMSE faculty and staff conduct basic research on the nature and evolution of learning mathematics and science. Findings from this research are implemented through CRMSE initiatives and projects.
  • Reputation. CRMSE and its faculty have built a strong national and international reputation through: (a) numerous publications by faculty in top refereed journals and books; (b) the hosting of three national and international conferences; (c) CRMSE’s role as the headquarters for the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, and (d) the International Visiting Scholars Program.
  • Uniqueness of Doctoral Program. The Ph.D. program in Mathematics and Science Education (MSED), operated jointly between CRMSE members at SDSU and faculty at UCSD, is helping to meet a critical need for researchers in mathematics and science education. CRMSE is uniquely qualified to address this critical shortage because MSED students are required to enter with a master’s degree in mathematics, biology, physics or chemistry.

Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership is a nonprofit organization through which 28 arts, science and cultural institutions in Balboa Park, San Diego, collaborate to achieve greater organizational efficiency, innovation and excellence. The Partnership’s member institutions vary in size and type and include museums, performing arts groups and theatres, cultural centers, gardens and the San Diego Zoo.

The Partnership was formed in 2003 to provide a means for members to identify and achieve collective goals and to speak with one voice on issues of mutual benefit and importance. The Board of Directors is composed of executive directors of member institutions. Park staff, trustees and volunteers participate in the development and implementation of Partnership programs — Balboa Park Sustainability, Collective Business Operations, Learning Institute, Balboa Park Governance and Balboa Park 2015 Centennial Celebration Planning.

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

“The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center seeks to inspire lifelong learning by furthering the public understanding and enjoyment of science and technology.”
—Our Mission Statement

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center features more than 100 interactive science exhibits in eight galleries, as well as major traveling exhibitions. Visit us, and you can create colored shadows, touch a tornado, examine the vibration of guitar strings and get your hands on a variety of intriguing scientific phenomena.

The Fleet is also home to the world’s first IMAX Dome Theater, presenting the biggest films on the planet. Its unique configuration wraps the audience in images and provides the illusion of being suspended in space. In 2008, the Fleet completed phase one of a two-phase project,  refurbishing the theater’s interior, upgrading the sound system and replacing the original screen with a new seamless screen. In February 2012, phase two was completed, adding a state-of-the-art digital projection system to the theater. The Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Dome Theater now shows both IMAX films and planetarium shows on the NanoSeamTM screen, offering audiences an immersive viewing experience available nowhere else in Southern California. Heikoff Giant Dome Theater show topics take audiences from outer space to under water and every place in between, and are generally suitable for all ages. The theater also plays host to planetarium shows, including the monthly Sky Tonight show, which is led by an astronomer and followed by outdoor telescope viewing, courtesy of the San Diego Astronomy Association.

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is open daily at 10:00 a.m. and is open in the evenings during summer and on weekends. We’re open on holidays, too—check our website or call (619) 238-1233 for holiday hours. Since our opening in 1973, the Fleet has been one of San Diego’s most-visited museums. We are located in beautiful Balboa Park, home to many of the city’s museums, as well as attractive gardens, intriguing architecture and picturesque fountains. Visit for more information about Balboa Park.

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center offers:

  • San Diego’s only Giant Dome Theater showing incredible IMAX films and planetarium shows
  • Eight exhibit galleries with more than 100 interactive exhibits
  • The Tinkering Studio, where you can experiment, invent and create
  • Kid City, an exhibition just for kids ages five and under
  • Lectures, classes, workshops and more
  • Plus Galileo’s Café and the North Star Science Store

Mingei International Museum

Art of the World.  Art of the People.

Mingei International Museum preserves and exhibits folk art, craft and design from all eras and cultures of the world. Mingei celebrates human creativity, and the belief that everyday object and materials that often serve a useful purpose can also be objects of beauty. Art can happen anywhere… in any culture, in any place, created by any person.

The Museum’s collection now comprises more than 26,000 objects of folk art, craft and design from 141 countries. A non-profit institution funded by admission, individuals, and community support, the Museum offers inspiring exhibitions and diverse educational programs to more than 100,000 visitors a year. Institutional support for Min­gei International Museum is provided in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

The Museum of Photographic Arts

The mission of the Museum of Photographic Arts is to inspire, educate and engage the broadest possible audience through the presentation, collection and preservation of photography, film and video.

The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), founded in 1983, possesses an international reputation of excellence through its presentation of high quality exhibitions, lectures, publications and films. A museum without walls since 1972, MOPA became what it is today when the City of San Diego donated a 7,000-square-foot, custom-designed space in the Casa de Balboa Building in Balboa Park.

MOPA became one of the first museum facilities in the United States exclusively designed to collect and present the finest examples of photographic art, spanning the history of photography from the 19th century to the present day. The museum’s permanent collection offers a rich photographic heritage, both as an expressive medium and a documentary record. The collection’s 7,000-plus images include works by Margaret Bourke-White, Alfred Stieglitz and Ruth Bernhard, among 850 other photographers.


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