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6th Grade After School STEM Clubs

Current Schools served include: Gorzycki, Burnet, Lamar, Maplewood, Covington, Kealing, Fulmore, and Pease. To view current blog posts and pictures from these clubs, please click here

UTeach Interns and UTeach Outreach students began a pilot program in 2007 to deliver hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) lessons to local classrooms. The goal of these clubs is to inspire students to pursue their interests in STEM careers. After completing all the lessons that are part of the curriculum of the UTeach Outreach STEM Club, students participate in a Mini-STEM competition held at The University of Texas at Austin. The 6th graders get to travel to UT each semester to compete against other local clubs for trophies and bragging rights. 

For registration: Fill out the 2015 6th Grade After School Permission Slip and return to your 6th Grade Science teacher.

Expectations

  • UTeach Outreach keeps a positive environment for the students to grow individually and makes teaching and learning in the classroom fun.
  • UTeach Outreach has high expectations on students, therefore, prepares each class based on students’ background knowledge and adapts it to fit their needs.
  • UTeach Outreach applies inquiry-based strategies to help the students in the discovery process. We believe keeping a class organized and with active participation always results in an effective learning environment where students’ strengths can be readily identified.
  • UTeach Outreach organizes group and game activities because they’re great tools to challenge students in each lesson.

Advantages

UTeach Outreach lessons are based directly on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) requirements and the CRMs. Students who participate in after-school clubs learn hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math lessons that are aligned with the TEKS and are given the opportunity to:

  • Increase their self-confidence by participating in fun interactive activities.
  • Foster their interest about science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • Develop higher math and science inquiry skills
  • Increase their critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Improve their daily understanding of core material during the school year.

About the Mini STEM Competition

The UTeach Outreach program is aimed at preparing students to compete in the Mini-STEM Competition against other sixth grade schools in the Austin area at the end of each semester. The competition is held at UT and it is based on the Science Olympiad competitions and organization. Unlike Science Olympiad, this is not a national competition, but events will be similar to events performed at the Science Olympiad. This initiative serves as a building block for students to continue to seek participation in the National Science Olympiad Competition.

 

 

 

FAQs 

When does the UTeach Outreach Club meet?

Clubs are hosted weekly at each school with two University of Texas student leaders presenting UTeach Primary experiments. Our students will come to your classroom one day per week, for 1.5 to 2 hours, for 9 weeks during the semester and one competition at the end of the semester at UT.

Where does the UTeach Outreach STEM Club meet?

UTeach Outreach will partner with ten or more middle and elementary schools to host after-school clubs in the Austin area. The club usually meets at their 6th grade classroom.

How much does it cost to attend?

UTeach Outreach is a free science education outreach program also run through UTeach and the College of Natural Sciences. UTeach Outreach invites all eligible 6th grade students to participate for free.

My students are bilingual/largely Spanish speaking. What can UTeach do in this situation?

We try our best to match Spanish speakers with bilingual classrooms, but generally we rely on our host teachers or the classroom children to help translate. Also, much of our material is hands on and can be partially understood from a visual perspective. Many of our experienced Bilingual teachers’ team-teach the lesson along with the English speaking Outreach teachers.

Does my student need to bring anything?

All materials are provided by UTeach Outreach.

Who are the program Instructors?

UTeach Outreach provides your student’s school with two University of Texas students who will deliver exciting lessons for all students interested in joining the UTeach Outreach STEM Club.

How do I register my student?

Fill out the form listed above and return to your 6th grade Science teacher.