(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.
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.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.