(April 1, 2011)--Judging begins Saturday on projects developed by 1,200 middle and high school students competing at the 2011 ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair (EMTSEF). Presented by ExxonMobil and organized by the UTSA College of Sciences, the annual competition fosters an interest in science, engineering and related disciplines among the state's high-achieving youths.
The fair runs Thursday, March 31 through Sunday, April 3 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antonio. (See the fair schedule.)
On Saturday, judges will talk with competitors about their projects and the research behind them. Projects will receive scores for creativity, scientific thought, thoroughness, technical skills and the project display. Teams also will receive a score for teamwork.
The fair's awards ceremony will be Sunday, April 3. More than 4,000 participants, family members, friends and teachers are expected to attend, honoring approximately 190 winners in 19 categories and two divisions. In addition to general category awards, students will vie for a number of additional awards such as a $20,000 scholarship from UTSA and invitations to the annual Governor's Science and Technology Champions Academy, a residential science camp that will be at UTSA this summer.
"We are honored to host this outstanding competition and are continually astonished by the ingenuity, creativity and hard work we see in these projects," said George Perry, dean of the UTSA College of Sciences. "We applaud the parents and teachers who provide support and daily encouragement to these budding scientists."
The EMTSEF is offered by ExxonMobil and hosted by the UTSA College of Sciences in partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission and TASC. Winners of the EMTSEF will represent Texas at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, scheduled for May 8-13 in Los Angeles.
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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