About

"UTeach Outreach is an example of science done right."

-Senior Vice Provost David Laude

 

WHAT IS UTEACH OUTREACH?

UTeach Outreach is a program housed in the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. The program aims to change the world, one future scientist, mathematician, and engineer at a time. UTeach Outreach strives to inspire students to take an active interest in STEM and to make our parents and teachers better scientific educators. UTeach Outreach is a branch of UTeach, the premiere university-based secondary STEM teacher preparation program that prepares university students to become science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers.

Launched more than a decade ago, UTeach Outreach began as a course that sent UT students into the community to assist teachers by engaging K-6 students with hands-on lessons. David Laude, then Associate Dean for the College of Natural Sciences, said he was inspired to start the program while teaching environmental science lessons at his son’s school. Laude said his lessons received such a positive response that he was convinced an expanded program could enrich grade school curriculum. He was particularly interested in reaching elementary schools with underrepresented and underserved populations. “UTeach Outreach is valuable to everyone,” Laude says. “College students figure out whether they are interested in teaching, learn that teaching isn’t easy, and gain more respect for the profession. Teachers, especially those without strong science backgrounds, get much needed assistance and the opportunity to learn more about experimental science.”

Today, Outreach works on many projects in addition to the UTeach Outreach course including UT student-led afterschool clubs, summer camps, student support, and hands-on activities at a variety of community and university events every semester. UTeach Outreach is one of the college’s largest outreach initiatives, sending more than 200 UT students and volunteers to 38 Austin-area schools every semester, mentoring more than 50 afterschool clubs, and leading many other efforts to engage the community in STEM and education. 

 

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Our office is on-campus and we're open Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Our office is labled BOT on a UT parking map, attached to the greeenhouse between the FAC and the BIO buildings. It is a little white house with a red door by the turtle pond.