Scientist in Residence History: The GK-12 Program at UT-Austin

GK-12_LogoThe GK-12 Program, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation from 2002-2011, provided K-12 teachers and students with recent knowledge and innovative learning activities in the approved TEKS subject target areas of biology, chemistry, environmental science, aquatic science, geology, meteorology, and oceanography in relation to the impacts of environmental change on Texas habitats and its people.

GK-12 helped educators and K-12 students develop a broader pool of competent and interested science learners through productive, long-lasting partnerships between K-12 teachers and academic researchers; enhance teacher professional development through direct involvement of GK-12 Fellows in K-12 classrooms.

The Program also helped graduate student participants (“Fellows”) contribute to the development of scientists with improved communications skills, knowledge of pedagogy, an awareness of existing science education standards, and the desire to continue their involvement in K-12 education no matter their future career paths.

Although the GK-12 Program officially concluded at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year, the program lives on at UT-Austin’s Environmental Science Institute through the Scientist in Residence Program.