(Nov. 5, 2010)--UTSA was out in full force at the Austin Convention Center Oct. 23-24 for the Austin Science and Engineering Festival, a regional celebration to entice young minds into considering careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The festival, which was free and open to the public, was organized by the Society of Mexican American Engineering and Scientists (MAES) and hosted in conjunction with the first U.S.A. Science and Engineering Festival.
The Center for Simulation, Visualization and Real-time Prediction (SiViRT) in the UTSA College of Engineering offered fairgoers a chance to interact with haptic devices to demonstrate principles in real-time control for computer-generated models. Haptic devices use computer technology to mimic the sense of touch with three-dimensional computer models in cyber space.
Students interacting with UTSA's haptic devices make surgical "cuts" on three-dimensional computer-generated livers, kidneys and other organs. During the emulated surgical process, they could feel the texture of the tissue and the force and resistance caused by the simulated puncture. Additionally, the SiViRT presented a three-dimensional cancer model using a three-dimensional projector, allowing festivalgoers to "see" and "feel" inside a cancer cell.
The UTSA Interactive Technology Experience Center (iTEC) display included many sizes and shapes of robots, three-dimensional models, the UTSA blimp, a nine-foot-square playing field featuring five robots and video footage of UTSA's summer robotics camps and competitions.
Funded in 2007 by the AT&T Foundation, iTEC is a four-year project in the UTSA College of Engineering to inspire youth by creating an environment in which they can understand how engineering, science and technology shape lives and the future of the world. The center's areas of thrust include robotics, telecommunications, scanning electron microscope applications and manufacturing design.
Approximately 22,000 people attended the Austin Science and Engineering Festival, which featured more than 100 interactive displays.
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.
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