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. To learn more about any of these programs, please follow the links below or email us at outreach@esi.utexas.edu!

  • Hot Science – Cool TalksThis outreach lecture series hosts over 500 visitors per event and delivers presentations of cutting-edge research by prominent scientists from UT-Austin and beyond. Events also include hands-on educational activities during a community science fair beforehand. Teachers who attend Hot Science – Cool Talks may also receive interactive educational materials featuring archived Hot Science – Cool Talks presentations and Texas state aligned lesson plans by visiting the ESI table at the event. If you’re interested in bringing your K-12 students to an event, please contact us!
  • Hot Science – Cool Talks Group 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 group viewing event with Hot Science – Cool Talks lectures. Group 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. Contact us if you would like to host a group viewing event!
  • Scientist in Residence Program: This program pairs graduate student scientists and teachers from STEM disciplines in local school districts. The graduate student serves as a role model to K-12 students while sharing their research. Teachers benefit from the program by having a content expert in their classroom who can help develop engaging science lesson plans as well as provide a personal connection to UT-Austin. Contact us if you’re interested in having a graduate student work with you in your classroom!
  • ¡Ciencias!: This is ESI’s newest outreach program. Bilingual-Spanish lessons and activities are brought to classrooms with themes similar to Hot Science – Cool Talks with the goal of bringing more engaging STEM content to Hispanic populations. ¡Ciencias! only works with 2-3 schools each academic year, but individual classroom visits can be arranged upon request. Please contact us to learn more!
  • Professional Development Workshops:  ESI regularly hosts professional development workshops for K-12 teachers. These workshops allow teachers to earn CPE (Continuing Professional Education) credit through The University of Texas at Austin (an approved TEA provider). ESI also provides professional development credit for teachers who attend its Hot Science – Cool Talks Outreach Series events. To receive information on upcoming events, join the ESI-Teachers e-newsletter by visiting our e-News subscription center.

If you would like to suggest an opportunity for teachers in the ESI community, contact ESI at outreach@esi.utexas.edu.