Summer Teachers' Institute 2017: "What's STEM got to do with it? Teaching Social Studies in a Science and Tech-Obsessed World"

FOUR DAY WORKSHOP: June 6-9, 2017

Tue, June 6, 2017 | UT Campus

This year's Summer Institute will examine how to incorporate STEM and Social Studies into the classroom.


***This is a four day workshop: June 6-9, 2017***


For the past decade, K-12 education has ridden the STEM wave, swept up in the dire realization that US students have fallen to the back of the global pack in science and math.  It is no surprise that educators would move to shore up these disciplines so that today’s students can become tomorrow’s leaders of invention and innovation. But in this surge toward STEM, the vital role of Social Studies should not be washed away.  

While students may gain the technological skills necessary to build and construct new devices through math, science, engineering and technology instruction, they could still be left poorly prepared to contemplate the tough questions associated with the social, cultural and global impact of developing and harnessing new technologies.Furthermore, both STEM and Social Studies share many critical, cross-curricular connections in content.  And both require students to problem solve, apply the scientific method to reach conclusions, and use knowledge to solve real world problems.

This year’s summer institute aims to build bridges between these highly compatible fields of study, to keep Social Studies relevant when everyone else is focused on STEM.  Speakers and training activities will reinforce vital disciplinary connections in ways that strengthen both fields, keeping them mutually afloat in the currents of education.


Registration Info: 

Registration is now closed. If you would like to be put on the waitlist, please contact Katie Aslan at kaslan@austin.utexas.edu.

Registration for the workshop is on a first-paid, first-registered basis. We accept payment by check (payable to UT Austin), credit card, and purchase order from your school or ISD. We do not accept "placeholder" payments—all payment is considered final.

Please note: Registration fees are non-refundable, but may be transferred to another attendee.


Registration fees:

  • $100 standard registration (no housing)


Education student discount:

We are offering a discount of $50 off registration for attendees who are:

  • currently enrolled full-time as undergraduate students in a college of education or an alternative teacher certification program at a four-year institution of higher learning AND
  • Have never taught in a classroom before (except student teaching).

Proof of enrollment is required.  Please e-mail hemispheres@austin.utexas.edu before registering to verify eligibility.  (Note: discount does not apply to registration with single accommodations.)



Sponsored by: South Asia Institute, Center for European Studies, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

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