Activities

Explore UT is open to the general public with online programming that is accessible to all. Activities specifically designed for K-12 students include an indication of a suggested grade level, denoting the difficulty of the concept or activity presented. Some programs will require participants to join virtual platforms (Zoom, Brazen, etc.). Children who are participating in these programs must be monitored by an adult chaperone (parent, guardian or a teacher) in order to join the virtual platform. Some may require verification that a chaperone will be present in order to register for participation.
 
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Mask Making for Teens

Make your very own 3D cardstock mask. Choose from an alien, cat, skull, or dragon. Print out the mask of your choice on heavy cardstock, cut it out, assemble, and decorate it! These 3D masks take some time and patience to create but are worth the effort! Each mask takes approximately 30 minutes or more to complete.

College of Fine Arts Arts, Design and Media
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Connect with IT@UT

Come learn about the technology we use everyday! We have two different sets of activities based on grade level. For our middle, junior, and high school students, we have a technology crossword and word search. For our younger elementary students, we have two activities. The first is a presentation about S.M.A.R.T. safety tips when using technology and the internet. 

Information Technology Services Science
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Computing for All

The Texas Advanced Computing Center at UT Austin is home to some of the fastest supercomputers in the world. Researchers and students use cutting-edge technologies to help advance knowledge on climate change, space debris, and urban waterways.

Texas Advanced Computing Center Science
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Design a Lava Lamp

Design Your Own Lava Lamp. Create a lava lamp using oil and water. To create the lava lamp, you will learn how a chemical reaction generates the lava lamp effect.

Cockrell School of Engineering Engineering
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The Heritage Spanish Language Program at UT

Did you grow up hearing or speaking Spanish at home? Did you hear Spanish from your parents, grandparents or other family members since you were very young? If you were exposed to Spanish at home while growing up, then you probably are a heritage learner. Most heritage learners have a great understanding of their cultural heritage, but there are a wide variety of heritage learners in terms of proficiency, language dominance and language use.  In this video, you will hear from some of our students and learn about our Spanish classes that have been designed specifically for students who grew up hearing or speaking Spanish at home.

College of Liberal Arts Business, Culture and Education
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Everyday Surveillance

Join Dr. Randy Lewis, Chair of the Department of American Studies and author of Under Surveillance: Being Watched in Modern America, as he moves through Austin to illustrate what it means to live in a world of “ubiquitous monitoring,” where our every move is measured, archived, and even manipulated. Before you put on your tin foil hat and hide under the bed in paranoia, he’ll explain one of the key concepts of the 21st century, “Surveillance Capitalism” – what it is doing, what it means for our future, and how to survive it and even thrive in it. From CCTV cameras to health devices to car monitors, he’ll talk about the exciting (and sometimes disturbing) new technologies of surveillance and what they mean for our lives.

College of Liberal Arts Business, Culture and Education
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South Asian Popular and Pulp Fiction Collection

Did you know that the University of Texas at Austin Libraries has a nationally-unique collection of popular and pulp fiction in the regional languages of South Asia? Have you ever wondered what makes it into library collections, and how? Watch a short video to learn about the efforts of Darsana Manayathu Sasi (UT Austin Malayalam Lecturer), Mary Rader (UT Austin South Asia Librarian), and Laura Brueck (Associate Professor of Asian Studies, Northwestern University) to bring an academic focus onto Indian and Pakistani pulp fiction while building a unique library collection.

College of Liberal Arts Business, Culture and Education
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UT Austin South Asia Institute

Watch a short video highlighting the strengths of programs, events, and resources offered by the South Asia Institute (SAI) at UT Austin. With over 60 core and affiliated faculty members in more than 15 departments, UT Austin hosts the largest, longest standing interdisciplinary South Asia program in the southwestern United States. As a National Resource Center for South Asia with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, SAI brings the Austin community South Asia focused K-12 resources; cultural events in dance, music and film; academic seminars and conferences; and support for undergraduate and graduate students. SAI connects Austin to the complex cultures, histories, and languages of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

College of Liberal Arts Business, Culture and Education
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A Day in My Life

Tag along with five current students in the College of Education to experience a day in their lives from their unique perspectives. Check out the For You Page on TikTok as they show you what a day in their life is like at UT Austin.

College of Education Longhorn Life
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Fun with Optics

Join the Biomedical Optics Graduate Organization (BOGO) to see fun and understandable experiments illustrating different properties of light. Examples of demonstrations will show how certain objects absorb light, how some materials glow when exposed to light, how light can be bent, and more!

Cockrell School of Engineering Engineering
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Explore UT’s Public Art Collection

Enjoy the Landmarks collection using your smartphone, computer or tablet to access self-guided tours, audio guides, artist videos, Spotify playlists, and more. Open the app and share your experience.  During your visit, take a picture and tag Landmarks on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter (all @landmarksut) with the hashtag, #LandmarksUT .

College of Fine Arts Arts, Design and Media
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What to Expect in College Applications

As you begin to apply to colleges it will be important that you familiarize yourself with what goes into an application. After watching this video, you will have a better sense of the college application framework along with a few pointers on key components.

Office of Admissions Longhorn Life
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Building Your College List

One of the first steps in the college search is building your college list. After watching this video, you’ll learn what factors to consider when researching colleges and some of the questions that can guide your research.

Office of Admissions Longhorn Life
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Discover Texas Memorial Museum

Take a virtual tour of Texas Memorial Museum and explore the museum through the eyes of a UT undergraduate student. Discover creatures from Texas' prehistoric past, exhibits that highlight wildlife in the natural regions of Texas and take a look at the Texas Pterosaur, the largest winged animal that ever lived, and Austin's own Onion Creek Mosasaur.

Texas Memorial Museum Science
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Learning by Doing with Landmarks, UT’s Public Art Program

Join us to learn how artist Nancy Rubins uses recycled materials to create large sculptures and discover how she collaborates with structural engineers to make sure the sculptures are very strong, even stronger than the buildings around them.  Learn how to make your own mini sculpture, including the structural engineering behind it, with activity guides for all ages.

College of Fine Arts Arts, Design and Media
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Prospective Student Information Session Video

Are you a high school student considering a future at The University of Texas at Austin? During this virtual information session video, an admissions counselor will share details about UT Austin, why we’re consistently ranked among the top universities, and provide important tips about the application process.

Office of Admissions Longhorn Life
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Introduction to Moody College

The Moody College of Communication believes in diverse, talented people and their collective power to change the world through communication. Our community is what allows Moody College to stand out at The University of Texas, because our students, faculty and staff all share a spirit of solidarity that inspires creativity and collaboration. We believe studying the practice of human communication is vital because everything our society seeks to accomplish requires people working together. Please watch and learn more about what it means to “Keep Moody, Moody."

Moody College of Communication Arts, Design and Media
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Moody Mentors

Moody College provides a platform of study that is significant and vast, and our expert teaching faculty stand out not only for their classroom leadership but their innovative approaches to discovery and scholarship in their respective fields. Our scholars are motivated to also bring their generated knowledge into the world to help provide real-world solutions and assistance. Please learn more through the Moody Mentors series, which provides evidence-based life hacks from our team of faculty experts.

Moody College of Communication Arts, Design and Media
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Experience UTNY, UTLA

Moody College of Communications' "study away" programs in Los Angeles and New York provide students unique opportunities to shape their future plans, progress toward their degrees and launch their careers. The semester-long UTLA program gives students the chance to live, work and learn in Los Angeles and discover what it really means to work in showbiz. Similarly, students in the UTNY program have the unique opportunity to study, work and play in the city where business, government, technology, entertainment and media converge.

Moody College of Communication Arts, Design and Media
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Professor McConaughey’s “Script to Screen”

Take a look into the classroom of one of UT's most well-known professors.  Matthew McConaughey joined the Moody College faculty full-time in Fall 2019 after serving as a visiting instructor since 2015, when he began co-teaching the Script to Screen production class with faculty member and director Scott Rice. 

Moody College of Communication Arts, Design and Media
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Programming Maze Game

Computational engineers often have to solve big problems as fast as possible, but some programs can take hours or even days to find a result. This means that engineers need to think carefully about the code they are writing.  Learn to code by guiding your character through the levels of this online programming game.

Cockrell School of Engineering Engineering
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Moody College Student Experience

Learn about the opportunities available to students in the Moody College. Our undergraduate students master the foundations and pursue innovations through seven major degree plans, including: advertising; communication and leadership; communication studies; journalism; public relations; speech, language, and hearing sciences; and radio-television-film.

Moody College of Communication Arts, Design and Media
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Mapping Your Way to a Nursing Education and Career

Nursing is one of the most diverse, satisfying, and fastest-growing occupations in the country.  Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and whether it may be the right career choice for you.

School of Nursing Science
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Choosing a Nursing Degree that is Right for You

Are you thinking about becoming a nurse, a nurse practitioner, or a nurse researcher? Explore the many pathways to a career in nursing, including an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in nursing, and a doctoral degree in nursing.

School of Nursing Science
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Hands-only CPR

Emergencies can happen any time and anywhere, and in many instances, lives can be saved by someone with training performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  Learn how to perform hands-only CPR if you were to see a teenager or adult collapse at home, school or in public.

School of Nursing Public Service
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Emergency Preparedness for Families

The discovery module on emergency preparedness will help teach kids and families about how to be prepared for emergencies such as fires, floods, winter storms, and man-made disasters. This short program will cover important information, such as a checklist on how to build an emergency kit, tips to remain safe in different types of emergencies, the dos and don’ts of certain unsafe situations, emergency numbers to keep on hand, and a mix of games and quizzes to engage viewers and facilitate learning. By being aware of the different roles, resources, and responsibilities involved in emergency preparedness and disasters, you can help keep yourself, your family, and community safe.

School of Nursing Science
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Civil Engineering 101

Join us to learn more about Civil Engineering, what we do in ASCE, and how to build a bridge out of popsicle sticks!

Cockrell School of Engineering Engineering
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Your Brain on Social Media

Spending more time than ever in front of a screen? Learn how screen time and social media can impact your brain. Dell Med students Anne Nguyen, Ananya Roy, and Karina Albab have created a video discussing the positive and negative mental health outcomes of social media use.

Dell Medical School Science
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The University of Texas Army ROTC

Discover the unique world of those who particpate in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program while they are students at UT Austin.  The Longhorn Battalion Army ROTC is one of the most demanding and successful leadership programs in the country.  For years, Army ROTC has been creating leaders who go on to rewarding careers in the military and civilian worlds. The program is open to all freshmen, sophomores and graduate students interested in scholarship and internship opportunities through Army ROTC.

College of Liberal Arts Public Service
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FLAS Fellowships

Do you have a passion for world languages and want to get paid to study Europe and European cultures? The Center for European Studies can help you. Every year, the CES invites undergraduate (and graduate) students from all majors and disciplines across the 40 Acres to apply for Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships. FLAS fellowships allow you to study European topics and over 18 foreign languages while providing $10,000 toward UT Austin tuition AND a cash stipend. You can even use these funds toward an education abroad program and explore Europe. This brief video will show you how to apply for the FLAS fellowship, explain its benefits, and features information from recent UT Austin alumni on how the FLAS fellowship has helped them advance their professional careers.

College of Liberal Arts Business, Culture and Education
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Clean Energy for a Cleaner Tomorrow

Sustainable energy storage and conversion technologies are needed to tackle the emerging challenges caused by using fossil fuels and by global climate change. Join Professor Arumugam Manthiram to discusses battery and fuel cell technologies from a chemical and materials science perspective. The presentation will include demonstrations of the construction and performance of a metal-air fuel cell and a lithium-ion battery.

Cockrell School of Engineering Engineering
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Intro to European Studies

The Center for European Studies offers an interdisciplinary major and minor in the study of Western and Central Europe. This video will offer a brief overview of the EUS major and minor, highlight our variety of course offerings across UT departments and colleges, as well as the education abroad opportunities the EUS major offers. 

College of Liberal Arts Business, Culture and Education
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Designing Super Paper Planes

Learn the basic science of air travel and test your engineering skills by creating a super paper plane.  The guide will provide design tips that may help your plane fly farther.  Once you've tested it in flight, you may want to choose to change the design to make it better.  The sky is the limit. 

Cockrell School of Engineering Engineering
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How to Pick an Aquarium

The aquarium and fish-keeping hobby has become much more popular over the last year. Are you thinking about getting an aquarium, but don't know where to start? Freshwater or saltwater? This program discusses the basics of aquarium keeping and compares four different types of aquariums. It also includes a short interview with an aquarium store manager.

College of Natural Sciences Science
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Cook Wise with UHD

Learn to cook a few quick recipes using limited kitchen equipment and simple ingredients. These Longhorn-tested recipes from University Housing and Dining’s nutrition and wellness team are delicious and easy to make.

University Housing and Dining Longhorn Life
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Livestrong at School

Education is a critical component of Livestrong Cancer Institutes’ mission and work. The goal of these programs is to reinvigorate cancer education at every age. Explore Livestrong Cancer Institutes’ podcast, curriculum, and program opportunities!

Dell Medical School Science
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Switch

Switch explores the world’s leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, and gets straight answers from the international leaders driving energy today. This documentary is approximately one hour and 40 minutes long. Links to the Switch Energy lab video series are also included in this educational resource. 

Jackson School of Geosciences Science
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Switch On

Join Dr. Scott Tinker on an amazing global adventure to remote corners of Africa, Asia and Latin America to meet leaders, entrepreneurs and everyday citizens working to eradicate 'energy poverty' in their countries. In a journey that's enlightening and emotional, uplifting and unforgettable, Switch On will change the way you look at energy and the developing world forever. The entire documentary is approximately one hour and 20 minutes long. Links to the Switch On Energy Poverty video series which are approximately 20 minutes long each are also included in this educational resource.

Jackson School of Geosciences Science
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EarthDate

EarthDate is a public service radio program and accompanying website with a mission to engage listeners in Earth science and connect them to the wonders of their world. Each EarthDate radio episode tells a captivating two-minute story that reminds listeners how science can enlighten, educate, and entertain. Every topic is accompanied by an article, educational PDFs for classroom or home use, and links to further reading on the EarthDate website. EarthDate was conceived of and is hosted by Dr. Scott W. Tinker, Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin. Each episode is written and directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Harry Lynch and researched by Juli Hennings, a career geoscientist.

Jackson School of Geosciences Science
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Hurricanes and the Texas Coast

Hurricanes, one of the most powerful natural hazards, are intense low-pressure weather systems that form in tropical waters. In this presentation you will learn more about hurricanes and how these powerful storms have impacted the Texas coastal environment.

Jackson School of Geosciences Science
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Wild Weather in Central Texas

A look at the basic definitions of weather and climate and the actual elements of weather (things we observe and forecast) as well a brief look at the various weather hazards that we experience here in Central Texas.

Jackson School of Geosciences Science
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Protecting the Texas Coast from Plastic Pollution

Learn about nurdles, tiny plastic pellets that frequently turn up along the Texas coast and endanger wildlife, from whales to sea turtles. Jace Tunnell, Director of the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, will also tell you how you can help by doing a nurdle survey and reporting your findings.

College of Natural Sciences Science
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Carbon Dioxide: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Many students have heard about the dangers of climate change, but don’t know how it happens or what we can do to reduce the amount of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) that’s already in the air. Discover how scientists from the Gulf Coast Carbon Center hope to change this by educating communities about the greenhouse gas effect and the benefits of carbon capture and storage.

Jackson School of Geosciences Science
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What Can the Fossil Record Tell Us?

Fossils are evidence of past life. But how much information do different kinds of fossils reveal? In this lesson, two paleontologists will discuss how the rock record preserves a wealth of clues on how extinct organisms interacted with their environments.

Jackson School of Geosciences Science
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Space: Fact vs. Fiction

This video presentation of Space: Fact vs. Fiction contrasts a number of common and not so common misconceptions about space by sharing the real facts about those issues. Issue topics include gravity, living in space, rockets, atmospheric entry, the costs and benefits of space exploration, the civilian space program, Star Trek and extra-terrestrials.

Jackson School of Geosciences Science
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Meet Our Underwater Neighbors

In this series of short videos, you’ll meet members of the main groups of invertebrates that live in the ocean—anemones, corals, snails, shrimp, crabs, sea stars and sea urchins. And just for fun, you’ll also meet some of the most popular vertebrates on the 40 Acres: residents of the UT Turtle Pond.

College of Natural Sciences Science
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Design a Puffmobile

The Challenge: Create a racecar entirely powered by your breath. Setup a racetrack and race with your family and friends. The winner is the Puffmobile that gets across or reaches the finish line first. Huff and Puff and blow to get your racecar to move. Good luck and have fun!

Cockrell School of Engineering Engineering
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Build a Lung Model

Building a model of the human lungs and diaphragm using balloons to understand how they work. Our lungs are vital to our body's respiratory system and our ability to acquire oxygen. The bottom balloon works like your diaphragm, which is a strong muscle that expands and contracts, causing the lungs to fill with air and then emptying it.

Cockrell School of Engineering Science
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Edison Lecture Series: Failing Well

Discover how failing at something can also lead to incredible success.  Middle and high school students can see the fun side of electrical and computer engineering through a series of four mini-lectures on this year's topic, "Failing Well." Next you can watch these concepts come to life through fun demos on our "Edison Lecturebank" available on Padlet (https://padlet.com/tc78/aa5lho2qkazid1s6).

Cockrell School of Engineering Engineering
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Rainbow Thin Films

Thin films are widely used in the fabrication of silicon-based computer chips. The thickness uniformity of these films impacts the quality of the chip and the incidence of defects that render these chips less efficient or completely unusable. Discover the basic principles of thin film creation by using household nail polish and creating rainbow patterns on the paper and observing how the films interact with light.

Cockrell School of Engineering Engineering
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Sound Sandwiches

Using craft sticks, a drinking straw, and rubber bands, you can create a musical instrument, or a "sound sandwich" that may remind you of a harmonica. We'll experiment with different ways of playing the instrument and learn about how sound works.

Cockrell School of Engineering Engineering
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German and More

Hallo! If you are curious about the German language or interested in learning German at UT, this is the place to be (at least during the pandemic).  We will tell you everything about our language program(s); we will introduce you to some of the benefits of speaking a foreign language, and we share samples of all the fun you can have when learning to see the world through the lens of another language.

College of Liberal Arts Business, Culture and Education
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The University of Texas Naval ROTC

Discover the unique world of those who particpate in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program while they are students at UT Austin.  This video will share the perspectives of current midshipmen enrolled in the program and detail opporutinites available for future UT students.

 

College of Liberal Arts Public Service
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A Virtual Tour of Greek and Roman Myths on the UT Campus

Follow Hermes (a.k.a. Dr. Todd Curtis) on a virtual tour of some of the most interesting Greek and Roman mythological figures found on UT’s campus. The presentation will consider the symbolism and myths behind the statues and building decorations that make UT a very classical place.

College of Liberal Arts Business, Culture and Education
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Ahlan wa Sahlan: Arabic at UT

Dr. Olla Al-Shalchi, the Arabic Program Coordinator at UT Austin, teaches you about the Arabic language! In this short video, you’ll learn what the Arabic alphabet looks like, where Arabic is spoken, and a few common Arabic names and what they look like written in Arabic. You can try your hand at writing Arabic letters in your notebook!

College of Liberal Arts Business, Culture and Education
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Salaam! Persian at UT

Dr. Babak Tabarraee, the Persian Program Coordinator at UT Austin, teaches you all about the Iranian New Year, known in Persian as Nowruz! You’ll learn about how Iranians celebrate their New Year, when the celebrations take place, and important words in Persian related to this topic, such as haftsin, chaharshanbeh-suri, and sizdah beh dar.

College of Liberal Arts Business, Culture and Education
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Unexpected Collections

The Unexpected Collections event showcases how special collections in The University of Texas connect the state of Texas to the world. The showcase uses digital maps and images about the Spanish American War in the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection of UT and information about the Texas Volunteers to demonstrate how historical materials come to life in our classrooms. Using freely available images and tools, the audience will see where real life volunteers came from and catch a glimpse of how they may have experienced the Spanish American War of 1898, all through an interactive digital map. Not only will the audience see the map, but they will also experience how this activity is normally done in our courses through a walk-through. Honoring the rich and unique history of Texas and UT, the event also demonstrates the diversity of ideas and languages that exist on our campus. Through this event, we hope to give our visitors an idea of the amazing possibilities for learning, experimenting, and creating that only UT makes possible.

College of Liberal Arts Arts, Design and Media
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Read Russian like a Pro

Welcome! Let’s take some time to learn more about the rich culture and language of Russia. Russian language can be intimidating, but with this preview of our innovative Online Russian curriculum, you too can learn Cyrillic in 20 minutes and will be reading in Russian in no time!

College of Liberal Arts Business, Culture and Education
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Discover the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

Welcome to Dr. Jessica Church-Lang’s Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. Our lab researches cognitive development throughout late childhood and early adolescence. We are a dynamic group of researchers who are passionate about kids’ brains. In our lab, we use methods such as behavioral testing and fMRI to look at how the brain and behavior change over time and study how these changes relate to mental health and academic skills.

College of Liberal Arts Science
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The Texas Archeological Research Lab (TARL)

Discover the world of archeology with this introduction to the Texas Archeological Research Lab (TARL).  Marybeth Tomka, Head of TARL Collections, shares an inside look at materials from caves and rock shelters that were protected by the hot and dry climate in the southwestern part of Texas and only preserved by the unique environmental conditions.

College of Liberal Arts Business, Culture and Education
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Creating Kaleidoscopic Tinker Tray Truck Art

Discover how Pakistan’s colorful aesthetics are often expressed through decorations and the creative ways truck drivers in Pakistan decorate their trucks with colorful kaleidoscopic designs. Learn how drivers personalize their trucks with fantastic artwork and how to recreate these kaleidoscopic truck art designs using craft items you have at home in your tinker trays.

College of Liberal Arts Business, Culture and Education
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A Festive Welcome: The Colorful Art of Rangoli

Explore the creative world of Rangoli, a popular form of Indian folk art in which colorful patterns are created to welcome guests into homes on festive occasions and to bring good luck to the host family.  Learn how to recreate India’s geometric Rangoli designs using sequins, beads, mirror tiles, stick-on foam shapes and other craft items, and create a decorative, Rangoli welcome for your home.

College of Liberal Arts Business, Culture and Education
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South Asia Garden

Welcome to the South Asia Garden, a living classroom where students of all ages can learn about South Asian cultures, sustainable food production, healthy eating, and the global histories of vegetables, herbs, and fruits common to South Asian foodways. The garden, established with a UT Austin Green Fund grant, is a collaboration between University Housing and Dining’s UT Farm Stand and the South Asia Institute. The garden is located behind the Brackenridge residence hall near Waller Creek, on the ancestral lands of Lipan Apache, Tonkawa, Comanche and other First Peoples. In this short video, you will learn about the making of the garden and some of the herbs, vegetables, and fruits that grow there.

College of Liberal Arts Business, Culture and Education
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The Waller Creek Monster

Discover the Creek Monster Habitat. This 16-foot-wide by 10-foot-tall nest structure serves as a metaphor for habitat, sheltering the creek's benevolent spirit guardian, "The Creek Monster." This project highlights UT researchers and their work with the local environment and creates a space for the community to connect with Waller Creek on campus while focusing on multiple aspects of sustainability.

College of Natural Sciences Longhorn Life
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Discover how Plants Talk, Move and Feel

Join Greg Clark from the Freshman Research Initiative Cell Signaling team to discover how plants have unexpected abilities to sense and respond to stimuli and "talk with" each other and with animals. Learn how plants sense and respond to changes in their environment and how plants are able to communicate using a chemical language.

College of Natural Sciences Science
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What’s Cooking?

Take the "Which Nutrition Job Best Fits Your Personality?" quiz and then discover more about nutrition professions by navigating through fun interviews with future Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

College of Natural Sciences Science
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¿Qué se está cocinando?

Toma el cuestionario "¿Qué trabajo de nutrición se adapta mejor a tu personalidad?" y descubre profesiones nutricionales que te interesan. Después, ve el video que corresponde con el resultado del cuestionario para ver entrevistas con futuras Nutricionist.

College of Natural Sciences Science
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Urban Safari

This video tour, an Urban Safari of the UT Austin campus, explores the natural world of our urban spaces and includes common – and not so common – organisms that can be found on campus.  It highlights challenges facing urban nature and spotlights areas where there has been success in encouraging plants, animals and microbes to flourish.

College of Natural Sciences Science
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Choose Your Own Nature Tour

This virtual nature tour of the UT campus and around Austin utilizes the format of a choose-your-own-adventure game. Players can choose where to go, what to see, and with which systems they want to interact. Along the way, adventurers can discover the variety of ecosystems that exist and the organisms that inhabit them.

College of Natural Sciences Science
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Dell Medical School Instagram Takeovers

Have you ever wondered what your day would look like as a second or fourth-year medical student? What about a cardiovascular disease fellow? Come follow the life of medical students, residents and fellows in their Instagram takeovers.

Dell Medical School Public Service
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Our Home

Welcome to the Department of French and Italian. In this program, students and faculty demonstrate the excitement and adventure that can come from studying French and Italian languages and cultures at The University of Texas at Austin. Undergraduate students share personal experiences from their language classes and traveling, in faculty-led study programs, to Europe, to explore Rome in Italy and Lyon in France. Faculty course presentations cover a wide-range of topics, from Dante’s underworld to French film, from Italian art history to French life-changing experiences. For many UT students, encountering new languages and cultures through UT's foreign language study programs has been a "mind-blowing" experience.  We hope this video showcases that experience and inspires you to learn more about these wonderful languages.

College of Liberal Arts Arts, Design and Media
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Dramatic Reading from Pride and Prejudice

Discover the wicked wit of Jane Austen in this dramatic, and fun, reading of the opening chapter of her 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice.   The reading will use the original text with UT freshmen, Raishma Kazi and Tucker Rinne, portraying Mrs. Bennet and Mr. Bennet while English Professor Janine Barchas serves as narrator. This is the stuff of great literature, served straight up – albeit with funny hats.

College of Liberal Arts Business, Culture and Education
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Going For Olympic Gold

Join eight former Longhorns who all share the distinction of being Olympic competitors for a roundtable discussion.  These Longhorn Olympians will talk with each other about their Olympic journeys, life lessons, training, and their passion for Texas.  Featured Olympians will include Rachel Adams, Morolake Akinosun, Michelle Carter, Courtney Okolo, Cat Osterman, Jill Sterkel, Jhonattan Vegas and Laura Wilkinson. 

Intercollegiate Athletics Longhorn Life
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Explore the Many Faces of Social Work

Have you ever wondered what social workers do or what it takes to be a social worker? Social workers help people help themselves, and they work whenever and wherever they are needed. Explore this inspiring profession by learning more about The Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. 

Steve Hicks School of Social Work Public Service
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Explore Social Work Careers in Healthcare

Discover career opportunities in health care that are available to those with a degree in Social Work.  Social Workers can be found in many different healthcare settings like community clinics, public health departments, hospitals and mental health centers to just name a few. They provide support and services to individuals, families and groups and play an important role in helping people navigate the healthcare system.

Steve Hicks School of Social Work Public Service
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Be a Backyard Geologist

Join us to learn about the the geological formations and rocks that can be found in any "backyard." During this session you'll learn about types of rocks you might find in your backyard or local parks and creeks. You'll discover how to identify them, how they formed and how to create a rock collection.  We hope this will help you gain a stronger understanding of the natural processes that create the landscape we inhabit.  We hope you will be inspired to explore becoming a hobby, or full time, geologist.

Jackson School of Geosciences Science
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The Scandinavian Series

Hej! Hei! Hallå! Can you believe you already know some Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish? It’s true! These three Scandinavian languages have a close proximity to English, making them easy languages to learn for native English speakers - starting with instantly recognizable words such as kaffe (coffee), democrati (democracy) and natur (nature). Join us as we introduce you to all things Scandinavian, including funny language tidbits, captivating culture topics, as well as what it means to study Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish at the University of Texas at Austin.

College of Liberal Arts Business, Culture and Education
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The Human Heart

We know that the human heart is an incredible pumping machine. Join Rachel Wallace Ph.D., Jessica Ibarra Ph.D., Brian Miller Ph.D. as they take you on an exploration of the human heart. Did you know that every time the heart beats, blood is pumped from the heart to the lungs and to the entire body? A heart in a human being who is 80 years old will have beaten approximately 3 billion times. A single heart can be described as containing two different pumps – one side pumps blood to the lungs where it can absorb oxygen, the other side pumps the oxygenated blood to the entire body.  In this presentation, we will demonstrate certain major elements of the anatomy of the human heart, including the four major heart valves, and explain how these valves function and generate the distinct sounds heard during each heartbeat.

Dell Medical School Science
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Yoga Session: A Journey Through the Jungle

Come and explore the jungle and the different kinds of animals you might run into in your journey. This fun yoga flow for kids provides entertainment and fun while introducing common yoga poses to the body.

Recreational Sports Longhorn Life
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This is Public Health

Public health professionals are leading the response to the COVID-19 pandemic nationwide. This video presentation will use the pandemic to answer the question “What is Public Health?” and provide high school teachers with resources to help them explore this dynamic and impactful field with their students. Participants will also learn about the UT Austin Undergraduate Public Health Program and meet some of UT Austin’s public health graduates!

College of Natural Sciences Science
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Yoga Session: Animal Flow

Join us for an instructor-led energizing and fun animal-themed flow for kids! Explore different yoga poses that resemble animal shapes, geometric shapes, and other elements in nature! Come ready to have fun, breathe deep, and flow.

Recreational Sports Longhorn Life
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Yoga Session: Move, Groove and Balance

Explore yoga with RecSports! This short and fun 10-minute flow will challenge your balance and get you moving and grooving. Designed for children ages 15-18.

Recreational Sports Longhorn Life
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Clovis: An Early Prehistoric Tool Technology

Experimental Archaeologist, Sergio J Ayala, discusses and demonstrates the role of experimental archaeology and how this advances the understanding of ancient stone tool industries and the prehistoric individual. Sergio also demonstrates the strategies in Clovis dart point technologies, starting with the earliest steps of large bifacial reduction.

College of Liberal Arts Science
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Department of Health Social Work: The First in the Nation

Dell Medical School and Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin are advancing the role of social work as an agent of health care transformation through the creation of a new Department of Health Social Work within the medical school, the first department of its kind in the nation.

Steve Hicks School of Social Work Public Service
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TED Talk with Dean Luis H. Zayas

Steve Hicks School of Social Work Dean Luis H. Zayas discusses his work with refugees and asylum-seeking families at the US-Mexico border.

Steve Hicks School of Social Work Public Service
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Autorickshaw Decorations in Jaffna

Follow autorickshaws around Jaffna, Sri Lanka, and learn about how their drivers elaborately decorate them to express themselves and Tamil culture and history. Asian Studies PhD candidate daniel dillon leads us through the pop culture and political references found on autorickshaws as an expressive cultural form.

College of Liberal Arts Business, Culture and Education
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A Day in the Life of a Pre-Med Student

Meet three undergrad students on their medical school journey while they share their experiences as they prepare for medical school. They will walk you through their undergrad academic, extra-curricular, and leisure decisions and share what they’ve learned throughout their experience.

Dell Medical School Science
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Creative Cantilever Challenge

A cantilever is a balanced bar that is supported by a wall or the ground, like a pool diving board. Cantilevers can be built with any materials you have at home.

Cockrell School of Engineering Engineering
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Making a Tempest at Home

Join the Shakespeare at Winedale Outreach team as they bring the storm from Shakespeare’s The Tempest to life in your home. Get ready to move and make some thunderous noise!

College of Liberal Arts Arts, Design and Media
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Montague vs. Capulet Insult Battle

Travel with the Shakespeare at Winedale Outreach team to Verona, where a battle between the Montagues and Capulets is brewing in the streets. Practice your Shakespearean insults as a member of the house of Capulet against our Outreach players.

College of Liberal Arts Arts, Design and Media
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Mapping Organ Systems

Learn about the human body in this fun lesson on organ systems!

Cockrell School of Engineering Engineering
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Party Pipeline Adventure

Create a party pipeline that delivers a party snack (marble, marshmallow, ball, cheerio, anything, etc.) to the party people (or animals) who are at least 6 feet away. Use paper, toilet paper rolls, tubing, boxes or anything else to create your pipeline. The pipeline must not have more than a 10-inch change in elevation and must incorporate at least 3 changes in direction.

Cockrell School of Engineering Engineering
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Light and Crystal: Floating Zone Single Crystal Growth of Materials

Material scientists have a lot of techniques in synthesizing novel materials, and floating zone single crystal growth is one of the most versatile and effective method of single crystal growth. In this demonstration, we will show you what is it like to grow single crystals in using the floating zone method.

Cockrell School of Engineering Engineering
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DNA Extraction Extravaganza

Ever wondered why you look similar to your parents, siblings, cousins, or grandparents? Ever wondered what makes you unique? Ever wondered what makes something living? The answer to all of those questions is deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA. Learn what makes you unique by extracting DNA from fruits.

Cockrell School of Engineering Engineering
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Switch Energy Lab

Dr. Scott Tinker demystifies the complex world of energy and gets to the core of concepts through unexpected experiments and fieldwork. For viewers of all ages and experience levels.

Jackson School of Geosciences Science
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Self Paced Virtual Campus Tour

Want to explore campus, but can't make it to one of our tours? Try our self-paced virtual 360 tour of campus any time!

Office of Admissions Longhorn Life
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The Children's Research Center Presents: Science Bookmarks

Create hands-on, creative bookmarks with the CRC to show off your love of science!

College of Liberal Arts Science
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Why Do We Need Reliable Water Sources?

Join the campers from the 2020 Dell Medical School Health Sciences Virtual Summer Camps to learn about cholera and the importance of reliable sources of clean water for public health.

Dell Medical School Science
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Interviews from the Harry Ransom Center

Join us as we explore the different paths that led staff to a career at the Harry Ransom Center. From archival work to business administration, dozens of professionals work together daily to advance the study of the arts and the humanities at The University of Texas at Austin. In this series of short interviews, we learn about the different paths that led staff to a profession in the humanities, and the experiences that have shaped their lives along the way. Staff members share their backgrounds in education, and offer advice to those interested in pursuing a career in museums or higher education.

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Business, Culture and Education
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Thirst for Power: A Virtual Field Trip

Water and energy are the two fundamental components of a society, and they are interconnected. View the film, Thirst for Power, shot on location across France, California, and Texas, to explore our dependence on water for energy as well as vulnerabilities in our current systems.

This on demand film screening with a digital study guide, Q&A session, and virtual field trip are vailable March 6 through May 31.

Cockrell School of Engineering Engineering