Youth Outreach & Education

The University of Texas at Austin has supported student and community engagement in K-12 education since 1891, the year the College of Education was established. Almost every college, department and unit on campus has a pre-K-12 outreach initiative that is making a difference to young people across Texas by sharing the university’s knowledge and resources.

Summer Camps and Programs

GeoForce Texas is a summer outreach program for outstanding students from select Houston and South Texas schools and gives them the opportunity to travel to areas of geologic interest at several locations in the United States.

SUCCESS Camp is a summertime week-long day camp that teaches healthful lifestyle choices to children ages 8-14.

UTCS Outreach shares the excitement of computer science with K-12 students across Texas. The outreach program features school visits, the Saturday morning Breakfast Bytes program and a computer science summer camp for girls.

UTeach Engineering is dedicated to developing leaders in the field of secondary engineering education. The program hosts a six-week summer institute for teachers at The University of Texas at Austin, UT Dallas and UT El Paso.

Women in Engineering Program (WEP) provides programs for K-12 students interested in exploring how engineering benefits society and changes the world. The programs include Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, a Saturday event for students in grades 1 through 8 in Central Texas, and WE@UT, a summer program for rising seniors held in conjunction with the University Honors Colloquium.

Annual Programs

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The American Trustees Project uses film to teach young people about the importance of civic participation. It includes lesson plans, videos and teacher resources.

AP Summer Institutes provide Advanced Placement (AP) course training to middle and high school educators who teach or are interested in teaching Pre-AP and AP courses. Institutes are offered in subject areas including math, science, social studies, English, foreign languages and fine arts.

The Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition invites high school students to engage in research and write about African Americans in their communities. Scholarships are awarded.

The Blanton Museum of Art offers school tours and art programs for students and teachers, from a story time tour for pre-K to second-grade students to programs that allow students to learn about careers in art.

Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach Program enhances knowledge and understanding of the Middle East and brings its resources to schools and the community. The center has a multimedia lending library, speaker’s bureau, curriculum materials and more.

Charles A. Dana Center supports math and science teaching and learning and supports K-12 educators working to implement high academic standards.

ChemBridge allows high school students to earn six hours of college chemistry credit and concurrent high school credit. Teachers receive professional development credit for participating in two workshops for the course.

Drama for Schools is a collaborative professional development program in drama-based instruction housed in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Drama for Schools creates partnerships with school districts to provide support to teachers in the use of interactive games, role play and improvisation to engage students in learning across the curriculum.

Migrant Student Graduation Enhancement Program

The GK-12 Program provides teachers and students with innovative learning activities in biology, environmental science, aquatic science, geology, meteorology and oceanography and relates these topics to the impact of environmental change on Texas habitats and residents.

Hemispheres is an outreach consortium that offers educational programs to increase understanding of Latin America, the Middle East, Russia, Europe, Eurasia and South Asia.

The Hot Science – Cool Talks Outreach Series provides a means for leading researchers from the university and other prominent universities to communicate their research to the public with a focus on the K-12 educational community.

Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) is a cross-disciplinary consortium that encourages undergraduates to find their own path through college and explore the opportunities of graduate school. The mission of IE is to educate "citizen-scholars" -- individuals who creatively use their intellectual capital as a lever for social good.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has outreach programs for children of all ages that include special events such as Goblins in the Garden and organized educational experiences such as field study trips.

LUCHA™ (Language Learners at The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Hispanic Achievement) increases the graduation rate and lowers the dropout rate of Spanish-speaking English language learners by helping secondary students from Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries transition into public schools.

Migrant Student Graduation Enhancement helps Texas migrant students graduate from high school by providing opportunities such as online learning.

The Neighborhood Longhorns Program provides economically disadvantaged students in grades 2 through 8 in Austin with the resources to build a strong academic future. The program encourages self-discipline, promotes enthusiasm for learning and increases student success by presenting incentives to students during each grading period of the academic year.

Saturday Morning Math Group is aimed at junior high and high school students, their teachers and their parents. Math professors and graduate students present entertaining and informative lectures and activities.

Speak Up! Speak Out! is a high school civic education program that teaches students about their communities and the difference the students can make.

Women in Engineering Program event

SPURS prepares underrepresented high school students for college-level writing and pairs them with mentors.

The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies Office of Public Engagement provides educator training and curriculum development programs, as well as a lending library of educational materials that facilitate increased understanding of Latin America in K–16 schools and the community.

The Texas Natural Science Center provides guided and self-guided tours and school tours, special events such as Family Fossil Day and curriculum guides.

Texas Space Grant Consortium offers workshops, K-12 programs, classroom activities, professional development and resource materials to make sure the benefits of space research and technology are available to all Texans.

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) was created by The University of Texas at Austin to provide leadership and guidance to public school debate and athletic teachers. Since 1909 the UIL has grown into the largest inter-school organization of its kind in the world.

UTeach – Liberal Arts prepares prospective teachers for the rigors of today’s diverse classrooms. 

UTeach Natural Sciences enables students to earn a degree in math or science, while also getting their teaching certification.

UT High School offers a state-approved, rigorous online educational alternative to students who want to earn a high school diploma and prefer the flexibility offered by an online program.