UTEP Hosts 2nd Annual UTeach Program
June 18, 2010 | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
The new UTeach Lab is located in UGLC 306
Secondary Teachers to Bring Engineering into the Classroom
The second annual UTeach Engineering Miners Engineering Summer Institute for Teachers (EIST) will be held at The University of Texas El Paso June 23-July 24, 2010.
The UTeach Engineering Miners EIST brings 25 secondary teachers from the El Paso region to learn best practices for teaching engineering in area schools. Teachers participating in the innovative, five-week program will return to the classroom with the tools necessary to engage their students in meaningful, project-based lessons in engineering and science courses.
This year's institute will be held in the new UTeach Lab located in the Undergraduate Learning Center. The lab was established with a $50,000 award from the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System. The UTEP UTeach Engineering Miners project is funded by the National Science Foundation through a Math Science Partnership (MSP) award to the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT Austin and the UT of Texas at Dallas.
The program is a natural outgrowth of UTEP reach-out programs. The first series of ESITs was pioneered at UT Austin, UT Dallas and UTEP last summer.
The original UTeach Institute was established at UT Austin in 2006 in response to national concerns about the quality of K-12 education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—collectively known as the STEM fields—and a growing interest in an innovative teacher preparation program at The University of Texas at Austin. Since 1997, the program has been so successful at significantly increasing the number of certified STEM teacher graduates, that it has received widespread acclaim, spurring inquiries from around the world.
UTEP's College of Engineering, Instructional Support Services (ISS), Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), and the College of Education are cooperating on the project. The goal is for UTEP to demonstrate leadership in engineering education and to increase the number of highly qualified (STEM) teachers in our region.
"Our Miners institute is a way of connecting our UTEP engineering education process directly with those teachers who prepare our students, and as such, is a key endeavor and one that is fun for us to be part of," said Mike Pitcher, Director of Instructional Support Services and member of UTEP's ESIT leadership team. Other collaborators include Debra Little, Clinical Professor of Engineering Education, Theresa Cortez from the Leadership & Foundations Department in the College of Education, and Juliette Caire, UTEP GEAR UP Director."