(Feb. 28, 2011)--Third through eighth graders from the San Antonio area are invited to enroll in one or more daylong science and engineering camps that will be offered next month by the UTSA Interactive Technology Experience Center (iTEC) with the generous support of the AT&T Foundation. The five camps will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, March 14-18. The cost for a single camp is $65; additional camps are $45 each.
On Monday, March 14, students will explore the importance of water, which covers roughly 70 percent of the Earth's surface. Participants will learn where water comes from, why it isn't always suitable to drink, and they will build a water filtration system.
The camp on Tuesday, March 15 will explore solar hot rods. Campers will learn about the sun's energy and how it could become the fuel of the future. They will design, construct and evaluate a solar-powered model car.
On Wednesday, March 16, students will learn what makes them unique. They will study deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), which tells each one of the body's 10 trillion cells what they are supposed to be and do. Camp activities will include creating DNA jewelry and constructing DNA candy.
On Thursday, March 17, students will study the skies and learn what makes the stars shine, how big the universe is and why a dying star creates a black hole. They will learn about the history of astronomy and engineer their own telescopes from scratch.
At the final camp Friday, March 18, students will study Fen Zheng, which is Chinese for kites. Campers will design their own tetrahedral kites and launch seltzer-powered rockets.
The UTSA iTEC was established in 2007 by a four-year, $1.5-million grant from the AT&T Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AT&T. The iTEC 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 the world. Its focus areas include robotics, telecommunications, scanning electron microscope applications and design for manufacturing.
AT&T Foundation supports programs that build communities and improve access to information technologies, technology training and professional skill development. AT&T Inc. is one of the world's largest telecommunications holding companies and is the largest in the United States.
For more information about the UTSA Spring Break camps, visit the UTSA iTEC website.
Celebrate 40 years of BestFest, an annual event hosted by Roadrunner Productions as a part of UTSA Homecoming festivities. The event will feature a carnival, food and drink booths, a golf cart parade, firework and live music from Anthem.
Brackenridge Lot 1, Main Campus
Celebrate homecoming as the Roadrunners take on Rice. Come early for the Spirit Walk, tailgating, games, music and food. Stick around for a halftime show with SOSA and the crowning of Mr. and Ms. UTSA.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St., Downtown San Antonio
The Leadership Storytelling Homecoming Brunch brings together UTSA alumni and students to share a delicious meal as well as a roundtable conversation about how experiences in college carry us forward on unique leadership journeys.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA students to "Pizza With The Prez." Come grab a slice of pizza and take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President. Pizza while supplies last.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
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.