(July 19, 2010)--Nearly two dozen high school students participated last week in UTSA's third annual Governor's Science and Technology Champions Academy. Designed for statewide winners of the 2010 ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair and their teachers, the summer camp is supported by the UTSA College of Sciences and Gov. Rick Perry through a $130,000 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission.
"The Champions Academy is not your average summer camp, and the topics on our agenda reflect that," said Aaron Cassill, UTSA director of STEM and associate professor of biology. "The idea is to show these kids that their science skills can be more than a hobby. Those skills are the building blocks for a fun and exciting career."
This year, the Governor's Science and Technology Champions Academy focused on biotechnology. Throughout the week, faculty in the UTSA Department of Biology and College of Engineering as well as community leaders offered campers and their teachers hands-on opportunities to learn about tissue engineering, viruses, brain imaging and astronomy. Other camp activities were focused on robotics, DNA fingerprinting and DNA manipulations.
The camp also offered an added bonus. Because participants stayed in Chaparral Village, a UTSA on-campus housing complex, and ate at the Roadrunner Cafe, UTSA's campus dining hall, they had a sneak peak of life as a college student -- a life that is sure to become a reality for the campers in just a year or two.
Ron Ellis conducts the student instrumental ensemble in a free concert that is open to the public.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (Arts 2.03.02), Main Campus
The UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs is hosting a day full of outreach events and activities by the U.S. Navy as part of a larger Navy presence in San Antonio called Navy Week with various events in the community through Feb. 25.
Student Union Paseo and Convocation Center entrance, Main Campus
Join this interactive play that is a courtroom drama and the audience is the jury. Discussion and will follow.
Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
Langston Clark, UTSA assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition will discuss exploring the historical context for the role of black athletes in contemporary social movements.
John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The UTSA African American Studies program invites speakers from the leading African American Fraternities and Sororities for a panel discussion of the history of each organization and to enlighten the audience about the community service, academic purpose, professionalism and ethical roots of each group.
Student Union, Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24), Main Campus
MuTe Fest is a celebration of original music and technology. Three days of concerts, sessions, and informative lectures will offer a unique experience of musical works created by fellow UTSA students and the chance to gain valuable knowledge about music technology.
Art Building, Music Tech Lab (Arts 3.01.30B), Main Campus
UTSA Libraries hosts Assistant Professor Ian Caine for his lecture, Architectural Postcards from Space, as part of the popular Pizza + Research series. Pizza will be served while supplies last.
Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.304), Downtown Campus
The theme of this year’s symposium is Black & Brown Futures. The free event will give UTSA students and the community the opportunity to meet and hear national scholars talk about current research and academic trends relevant to the lives of African Americans in the United States.
Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
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