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NSF Grant for UTeachEngineering to Benefit Area High School Students

One of TEEC’s TSTEM partners, University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering, has received a $12.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to teach engineering to high school students. As their website reports:

“With this grant, the NSF is building on the university’s successful UTeach program to create a model for preparing high school engineering educators, that we call ‘UTeachEngineering,’” says David Allen, a chemical engineering professor and the principal investigator for the newly developed program. “Texas is one of just a few states aggressively pursuing year-long high school engineering courses, and the effort here will help define how other states approach engineering education in high school.”

The Austin Independent School District will partner with the university in developing and evaluating UTeachEngineering, which will commence summer 2009.

“Collaboration with Engineering is an important step forward for UTeach that will not only help address the shortage of engineering teachers, but also the shortage in the critical areas of physics and chemistry,” says Michael Marder, co-director of UTeach Natural Sciences and associate dean for Mathematics and Science Education.

The UTeachEngineering program targets future and current teachers, providing multiple avenues to prepare them to teach high school engineering. University faculty will use half of the five-year grant funding for course development, lab development and salaries. The other half of the grant will provide stipends, scholarships and fellowships to students and teachers working toward engineering teaching certification.

For more information, read the entire article.

Congratulations to UT! TEEC looks forward to working with them more in the future to expand high school students’ exposure to engineering.

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