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Deadline for UTSA's regional GEAR robotics competition is Feb. 21

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(Jan. 26, 2010)--Teams of students between grades three and eight from the San Antonio area have until Feb. 21 to recruit their adult volunteers and register for the 2010 South Texas GEAR (Getting Excited About Robotics) Robotics Competition, March 27 at the Convocation Center on the UTSA Main Campus.

Nearly 50 teams competed in the 2009 competition, and because of its popularity, this year's event is expanded to host 125 teams. To date, nearly 90 teams have registered.

GEAR is an annual robotics competition for upper elementary and middle school students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This year's competition is organized by the UTSA Interactive Technology and Experience Center (iTEC), a community outreach component of the UTSA College of Engineering.

Participating teams can represent a school or civic organization and must register at the iTEC Web site. To compete, registered teams must attend a Feb. 21 kick-off meeting in the University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the UTSA Main Campus. At the meeting, iTEC will reveal the task of this year's challenge, along with competition rules and details.

ITEC started in 2007 as a four-year project with funding from the AT&T Foundation with a mission to inspire youth by creating an environment where they can understand how engineering, science and technology shape our lives and the future. Focus areas include robotics, telecommunications, scanning electron microscope applications and design for manufacturing.

Learn more about the 2010 GEAR Robotics Competition at the iTEC Web site or e-mail Moses Thompson or Mary Stowers at itec@utsa.edu.

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For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.

Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.

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