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Teacher Opportunities

ESI hosts a number of opportunities for K-12 teachers to bring current science into their classroom to inspire the next generation of scientists. 

  • Satellite Viewing Events:  For those teachers outside of the UT-Austin area, ESI offers support to teachers and other groups who want to host their own Satellite Viewing event with Hot Science - Cool Talks lectures.  Satellite Viewing participants receive ESI support to build your event with lessons plans and learning modules relevant to the lecture topic, a special "shout out" during the lecture, and the opportunity to participate live in the post-lecture Q & A with the speaker.  If you're interested in hosting a Satellite Viewing event, contact ESI Satellite Programs at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • Professional Development Workshops:  ESI hosts regular teacher workshops in connection with its Hot Science - Cool Talks Outreach Series events.  These lectures, led by leading UT faculty or master teachers, pertain to the lecture topic. Professional development credit is available for those teachers who attend.  Attendees also receive interactive DVD-ROM's featuring archived Hot Science - Cool Talks presentations and Texas state aligned lesson plans shortly after the lecture. To receive information on how to sign up, join the ESI-Teachers e-newsletter by visiting our e-News subscription center.
  • Research Experience for Teachers:  Over the course of ten weeks each summer, ESI helps teachers get back in touch with their own research roots through its RET program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.  Teachers work in tandem with existing UT research labs to conduct their own research project, and receive a stipend and professional development credit for their participation in the program.

For more information or with questions on how to take advantage the above opportunities, or to suggest an opportunity for teachers in the ESI community, contact ESI at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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