Friday, September 04, 2015

Prefreshman Engineering Program: Problem solving, engineering, logic and fun

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(June 13, 2011)--Today, the San Antonio Prefreshman Engineering Program (SA-PREP) welcomes 1,400 entering middle and high school students for the start of its seven-week summer program at UTSA. Founded at UTSA in 1979 by Manuel Berriozabal, UTSA professor of mathematics, SA-PREP has an impeccable record of success -- 99 percent of the students who complete one summer in the program go on to college.

Last year, three-fourths of the program's grads were members of minority groups, 53 percent were female and more than a third represented low-income families.

"The PREP program is not for the faint of heart," said Rudy Reyna, PREP director. "The program is academically intense. We provide students with hands-on experience in a variety of topics that are fundamental to careers in the STEM areas -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Through PREP, students are empowered to become lifelong learners and team players, problem solvers and decision makers."

The four academic levels of the program are presented over seven weeks through lectures, seminars and activities that allow students to learn and apply advanced STEM concepts. Among other topics, the curriculum includes mathematics, problem solving, engineering, physics, technical writing, water science, computer science, research and STEM career awareness. In addition to gaining a jumpstart on advanced topics in the hard sciences, PREP students have the opportunity to earn college scholarships and high school credit.

In San Antonio, PREP I will be offered at the UTSA Main and Downtown campuses, Northwest Vista College, Northeast Lakeview College, St. Philip's College and Palo Alto College. PREP II will be offered at the University of the Incarnate Word Dual Enrollment Center, San Antonio College and Our Lady of the Lake University. PREP III will be offered at St. Mary's University and PREP IV will be offered at the UTSA Main Campus. All programs run June 13-July 28.

Through the Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program (TexPREP), approximately 3,000 additional Texas youths will participate in the program across the state. TexPREP locations include Arlington, Austin, Bay City, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Edinburg, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Houston, Laredo, Lubbock, McAllen, Odessa and Victoria.

Learn more at the PREP website or call the San Antonio PREP office at 210-458-2060.

 

 

Did You Know?

UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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Sept. 9, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture Connects

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series begins Sept. 9 with Toshiko Mori, the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and principal of Manhattan-based Toshiko Mori Architect.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Sept. 12, 11 a.m.

UTSA Football vs. Kansas State

Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.

Sept. 15, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Changing the Conversation: Recovery Works!

As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Sept. 24, 6 p.m.

The Power of Story in the Landscape of Memory and Identity

The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus


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