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UTSA Robotics Camp Welcomes Science Students from Czech Republic

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One of the LEGO robots built during ITEC's summer camp.

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(July 5, 2010)--On Wednesday, July 7, UTSA's Interactive Technology Experience Center will extend a Texas-sized welcome to five winners of the Czech Republic's national science fair. The stop is part of an eight-day tour across the Alamo City to engage the Czech students in a program of scientific and cultural exchange.

"When we were approached with the possibility of hosting the Czech students at our robotics camp, we didn't think twice," said Can Saygin, director of the UTSA Interactive Technology Experience Center which hosts the robotics camps.

"We knew this was something we couldn't pass up. It was a great opportunity for our own students and for our visitors from the Czech Republic."

Five regional science fair winners will accompany the Czech visitors to UTSA's robotics camp. They hail from John Jay Science and Engineering Academy, James Madison High School's Agriscience Magnet Program and Philosophos Academy home school. Together, the students will develop, build and program robots using the VEX robotics system and Easy C programming software.

The summer exchange is sponsored by AMAVET, a Czech science youth organization supported by the Czech Minister of Education and the Czech Republic's National Academy of Science. It was organized by the Alamo Regional Academy of Science and Engineering (ARASE), a local nonprofit that provides outreach to high school students and teachers in 32 countries.

Housed in UTSA's College of Engineering, the Interactive Technology Experience Center is a four-year project that began in 2007 with funding provided by the AT&T Foundation.

ITEC's mission is to inspire youth by creating an environment where they can understand how engineering, science and technology shape our lives and the future of our world.

The center's areas of thrust include robotics, telecommunications, scanning electron microscope applications and design for manufacturing.

 

 

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Tuesday, May 3, 5 p.m.

Henry B. Gonzalez Centennial Tribute

The College of Public Policy and the Office for Community Services present a 100th anniversary salute to the late Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez. A distinguished panel will discuss Gonzalez's historical impact. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328) , Downtown Campus

Wednesday, May 4, 5 p.m.

School Psychology Symposium and Reception

Student posters will present case studies based on practicum experiences, literature reviews on topics relevant to educational psychology, and other research experiences this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Durango Building (1.124), Downtown Campus

Thursday, May 5, 5 p.m.

String Project Spring Concert

This end-of-semester concert will feature the 3rd through 8th grade students who have participated in the UTSA String Project this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

This three-day event will focus on the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks. Attendees from around the world will take part in world-class hands-on trainings and technical discussions.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Master of Public Administration Open House

Visit with faculty, alumni and students to discuss the benefits of and requirements for a Master Degree in Public Administration and/or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration & Leadership
Buena Vista Building (1.338), Downtown Campus

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
Alamodome

Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.
Alamodome

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Three

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Alamodome

Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.

The Great Staff Appreciation Event

The UTSA community is invited to honor the roughly 2,600 UTSA staff members who contribute to the success of the university and its students.
University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Superintendent Certification Program Information Session

Join UTSA faculty and staff, current students, and area central office administrators/program alumni to learn about this exciting accelerated and web-enhanced program leading to Texas Superintendent Certification. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Building (1.322), Downtown Campus


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