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CTLO: Educational Outreach

Caltech Educational Outreach programs translate and transfer the essence of the Institute's research for the purpose of increasing public awareness and understanding of basic science and engineering principles. Caltech's EducationalOutreach efforts are housed within the Center for Teaching, Learning & Outreach, which supports Caltech's multifaceted educational efforts, including undergraduate and graduate courses and curricula, formal and informal learning, and partnerships with PreK-12 teachers and students.

Our faculty, staff, and students are involved in all aspects of these high-impact, transportable programs, which expose local and regional preK, elementary, middle, and high school students, teachers, and parents to cutting-edge science and technology. These programs inform, inspire, and motivate specific audiences through both informal and formal education tools and mechanisms in alignment with state and national science education standards.

These projects also provide professional development for Caltech students who gain experience in designing, delivering and assessing classroom lessons tied to their field of study. Some projects also fulfill research grants with outreach components, including NSF Broader Impacts and other grant-specific deliverables. 

Each funded program meets the highest educational outreach standards and includes a working plan for measuring success using proven tools and instruments for assessment and evaluation of outcomes.

There are a variety of ways Caltech students, staff, researchers, and the community can get involved:


January 10, 2018:
CTLO Celebrates Five Years of Success
Read the full article in Caltech News

The Center for Teaching, Learning & Outreach was launched in 2012 with ambitious goals: to improve the quality of teaching on campus, bolster instructional opportunities for students, and engage K-12 schools in educational outreach. Five years later, though still small, CTLO has amassed a portfolio of several dozen programs that have had an outsized impact on education on campus.