At UTeach Outreach, we believe we can change the world, one future scientist, engineer, and mathematician at a time, starting with students and teachers in Austin. As one of the University of Texas at Austin's largest outreach initiatives, UTeach Outreach focses on closing the opportunity gap by bringing STEM learning to underserved communities in the greater Austin area. Uteach Outreach works closely with teachers, parents and school administrators to engage K-12 students and teachers in hands-on, inquiry based lessons.
Since 2003, UTeach Outreach has placed approximately 4,000 UT students to teach science lessons in more than 200 classrooms across Austin, most of which serve underprivileged students. UTeach Outreach students have spent more than 28,000 hours engaging public school students and teachers with UTeach lessons. Each semester, Outreach students and partnering student organizations host field trips for schools in the area on the University of Texas campus. These trips help introduce core STEM concepts and help hundreds of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders each semester. In addition, student volunteers have spent more than 6,600 hours each year working on STEM-related special events and UTeach Outreach presentations.
UTEACH OUTREACH COMMUNITY IMPACT BY THE NUMBERS:
70,000 individual student STEM contact hours each year
24,000 hours UTeach Outreach is engaged in public school lessons each year
6,600 hours on STEM-related special events and presentations each year
200 UTeach Outreach students and volunteers teaching lessons each year
450+ students attending summer STEM programs in 2018
130 kids attend after-school clubs organized by UTeach Outreach
OUR KEY INITIATIVES
Service Learning Classes. UT students from all majors earn credit by enrolling in UTeach Outreach courses where they learn to teach rigorous, enaging STEM lessons to students in grades 2-8, inspiring them to explore and understand science principles.
After-school clubs. These programs inspire students in grades 3-6 to pursue STEM careers. After-school clubs extend the school day curriculum and connect the student to real-world research, industry and careers.
UT PREP Summer STEM Pathway. The summer program is a series of rigorous, five-week academic enrichment courses focusing on mathematics, research, engineering, physics and computer science. The program is designed to take place over four consecutive summers for students beginning in 6th or 7th grade, leading to advanced high school coursework in STEM subjects.
This program provides historically underrepresented students in the Austin area a supportive and enriching academic experience designed to increase the number attending college and pursuing STEM careers.
"As a principal in Title I school, I wish more of these were available for my students." - Dolores Godinez, Ph.D., principal
UT PREP 2018 IMPACT
395 students graduated from PREP 1-4 Camps
192 high-quality STEM program hours per camp participant
76% received full or partial scholarships
72% qualified for the federal free or reduced lunch program
56% female camp participants
27% overall averge gained learning from pre-post tests in core subjects
17% Asian American
7% African American