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(Oct. 28, 2011) -- K-12 teachers from across the region will gather at UTSA for STEMsation, a daylong conference offering the educators new tools to engage their students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). "STEMsation IV: STEMsation for College and Career Readiness" is 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29 at the UTSA Main Campus Main Building.

The conference is hosted by UTSA's College of Education and Human Development Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, Academy for Teacher Excellence and Texas Sustainability Energy Research Institute.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Department of Training and Administration, today's students must develop new skills in order to enter industries with significant connections to STEM. Some of the broader industries that require a strong understanding of STEM principles include advanced manufacturing, biotechnology, aerospace, health care, energy, homeland security, financial services, construction, transportation and information technology.

At STEMsation, conference leaders will discuss:

  • STEM instructional goals and strategies
  • Classroom-tested STEM programs and lessons
  • How to connect STEM content to college and career readiness
  • How to close the gap between secondary and higher STEM education

The UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching offers degrees and certifications for a variety of entry points in education including early childhood to sixth grade, fourth to eighth grade math and science, fourth to eighth grade language arts and social studies, all levels in special education, early childhood to sixth grade bilingual and fourth through eighth grade bilingual.

The UTSA Academy for Teacher Excellence was established as a hub for school districts, community colleges and UTSA to collaboratively research, design, implement and evaluate educational programs that address emerging statewide and local educational issues associated with a growing diverse student population.

The Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute was created to develop citizen leaders for the global community committed to transform the energy future of San Antonio, Texas and the nation. The institute is involved in a broad set of research activities that span the breadth of the energy, water and sustainability domain.

The cost for STEMsation is $20. UTSA faculty, staff and students will receive a $10 discount. Educators who attend the conference will receive six continuing professional education hours.

>> To register, visit the STEMsation website or contact Rose Castro, UTSA Academy of Teacher Excellence, at 210-458-6170.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

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UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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