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(July 8, 2011)--The UTSA Interactive Technology Experience Center (iTEC) has openings in its remaining summer camps for elementary and middle school students. All camps take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the ground floor of the Applied Engineering and Technology building (AET 0.204- 0.214). There are only 40 slots per camp, so early registration is recommended. Camps range from $200 to $215. Registration for each camp can be made online at the iTEC website.

iTEC is housed in the UTSA College of Engineering. It is a four-year project that began in 2007 with funding from the AT&T Foundation. The iTEC mission is to inspire youth by creating an environment where they can understand how engineering, science and technology shape lives and the future of our world.

Available summer camps:

    THIRD - FIFTH GRADE
    July 11-15 and Aug. 1-5
  • It's Alive: (robotics) $200 Students create Frankenbot and then help him navigate through a miniature city using his built-in sensors.

  • July 18-22 and Aug. 1-5
    How the Cookie Crumbles: (forensics) $200 Students help iTEC Detectives determine who stole Otis Spunkmeyer's freshly baked batch of chocolate chip cookies. The investigation ends with a fun, mock trial to prove guilt or innocence.

  • July 18-22 and Aug. 8-12
    Forces of Nature: (metrology) $200 Students learn about the impact of weather and climate changes and their effect on the environment. They will also look at various techniques and methods on how to predict the weather.

  • July 11-15 and Aug. 8-12
    Off To A Flying Start: (aeronautics) $215 Students learn the basics of aerodynamics, and in the process build their own flying models.

    SIXTH - EIGHTH GRADE
    Aug. 1-5
  • Gold Rush: (robotics) $215 Students must build and program their scout robot to navigate through a jungle maze, locate treasure in the Lost City of Gold and return to safety with the goods.

  • July 18-22 and Aug. 1-5
    Area 51 Mystery: (forensics) $215 Students process evidence and conduct investigations to help iTEC detectives determine what happened to researcher Dr. Zorba, who mysteriously vanished.

  • July 18-22 and Aug. 8-12
    Operation: Clean Sweep: (environmental engineering) $215 Students use common materials to help people in the year 2098 solve the problems of marine life and water contamination. Students will have numerous hands on activities including growing bacteria from various water sources and taking the oil and water separation challenge.

  • July 11-15 and Aug. 8-12
    Sailing The Air: (aeronautics) $215 Students learn about ancient flying devices and build their own aeronautical creations. They will also learn the science behind flight.

 

 

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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