(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.
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
Aspiring doctor hopes to change medical attitudes toward obesity-related ailments
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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