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IGERT Outreach Programs

Middle School Science Academies

Partnerships with several local middle schools have been established to give those students an opportunity to explore the world of science and engineering while engaging with UT graduate and undergraduate students. These academies occur once a month at two separate schools, last approximately one hour and consist of engineering/science lessons taught through group activities and experiments. Volunteers needed to run activities with the students.

Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders Club dates (club held afterschool from 4:45-5:55pm):

September 23

October 21

November 18

December 2

Spring dates TBD


Science Sundays at The Thinkery

These afternoons are a great way to introduce children to the wonders of science in an informal and kid-friendly way, piquing their interest in the subject and showing them that science is fun! There are different hands-on activities that have been designed for each Sunday, each having a different themed focus. The program operates on Sunday afternoons at the Thinkery, Austin Children's Museum.


Dates for the Fall semester of the 2015-2016 School Year:

October 24, 2:00-4:00pm

November 14, 2:00-4:00pm

December 12, 2:30-4:30pm

Spring Dates TBD


Science Clubs at the Texas School for the Deaf

Educational and fun monthly science clubs are held for high school students at the Texas School for the Deaf. Students are engaged in active learning with hands-on activities and experiments that allow them to explore all aspects of science. Program runs from 12:30-1:45 pm, once a month. No ASL necessary – Interpreters provided. Lunch included!

Dates for 2015-2016 School Year:

September 23

October 28

November 11

December 9

Spring dates TBD


Science Activity Kit Design

Would you like to help create science outreach activities for middle and high school students? Then this is the volunteer activity for you! You'll work closely with Risa Hartman to design hands-on science activities to use during outreach activities at local middle and high schools. Time commitment varies and is dependent upon your activity idea.

Science Fair at the Texas School for the Deaf

Each year all TSD High School students complete a project for their annual Science Fair. Volunteers are needed in a couple different capacities – helping students create their projects and also acting as judges the day of the event. If you would like to help with the creation of the projects, you can sign up for one or more sessions that occur weekly between the months of January and April, Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. For those interested in judging projects, the fair will be held on May 8, from 8:00 am -12:30 pm.


Held at the Austin Children's Museum in April 2016 (date TBD), this annual one day event brings university researchers together with science museum educators, creating unique learning experiences. NanoDays engages people of all ages in a miniscule world where materials have special properties and new technologies have spectacular promise. The celebration combines simple hands-on activities for children with lots of fun! NanoDays activities demonstrate different, unexpected properties of materials at the nanoscale.


This is an event that opens up the entire campus to local school children, their teachers and parents. It is held each Spring at UT and different departments sponsor activity booths and demonstrations that are creative, engaging, educational and above all fun! Stay tuned to see how you can get involved.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Students and their parents or educators come to UT for an afternoon of engineering fun. UT's national award winning Girl Day, presented by the Women in Engineering Program (WEP), gives over 2,000 first through eighth grade students a chance to:

  • Have fun doing grade-specific, hands-on engineering activities,
  • Meet students, professors and engineers from industry, and
  • See what it's like to be an engineer.

Volunteers lead hands-on engineering activities, answer questions for all our guests, set-up and clean-up, and more. Girl Day will be held this year on February 27, 2016. Inquire for more details on how you can get involved.

High School Tutoring/Mentorship

Help local youth in our community learn essential math and science skills during tutoring sessions at Austin area high schools.