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 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals. To learn more about any of these programs, please follow the links below or email us at outreach@esi.utexas.edu!

  • Hot Science – Cool TalksThese events provide a front row seat to world-class research. Participants explore the evening’s topic through hands-on activities and demonstrations everyone can enjoy through Cool Activities. Additional resources for educators are available through the Talk Archives including presenter slides and TEKS aligned lesson plans. If you’re interested in bringing your K-12 students to an event, please contact us!
  • Hot Science – Cool Talks Viewing Parties:  For educators outside of the Austin area, ESI offers support to groups who want to host their own viewing event during a Hot Science – Cool Talk. Group viewing participants receive a special “shout out” during the event and the opportunity to participate live in the post-talk Q & A with the speaker. Contact us if you would like to host a viewing party!
  • Scientist in Residence Program: STEM Graduate students work with teachers in local school districts. Graduate students serve as role models to K-12 students while sharing their research and STEM experiences. 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!
  • Professional Development Workshops:  ESI 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.