Scientist in Residence: In-Classroom STEM Mentors
Do STEM professional role models make a difference in K12 classrooms? In 2002, UT Austin's Environmental Science Institute began asking, what happens if the role model is a STEM graduate student who spends a consistent amount of time in the classroom? Hear from a K-12 teacher, a STEM graduate student, and the program's director on the student impact of the highly-successful Scientist in Residence program at The University of Texas at Austin.
Additional Supporting Materials
- Impact of consistent STEM role model in a K-12 classroom on student's science interest and pursuit.
- The importance of including bilingual, Spanish speakers as role models - especially when working with Title 1 and diverse schools.
- Scientist in Residence is a highly impactful program that can be replicated in any city with a major research university.
- Trevor Hance, 5th Grade Science Teacher & Outdoor Learning Specialist, Laurel Mountain Elementary School
- Laura Abondano, Scientist In Residence Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin
- Jay Banner, Director, Environmental Science Institute, The University of Texas at Austin
Erika Lueker-Tarango, Asst Dir for Dev & Mktg, UT Austin Environmental Science Institute
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