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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.

 

 

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Thursday, May 5, 5 p.m.

String Project Spring Concert

This end-of-semester concert will feature the 3rd through 8th grade students who have participated in the UTSA String Project this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

Friday, May 6, 8 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, Curtis Vaughan Observatory invites everyone to join them for their monthly stargazing event on top of the Flawn Science Building.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory, Main Campus

Sunday, May 8, 1 p.m.

Accordions Across Culture

May’s Free Second Sunday at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures features "Accordions Across Cultures," with performances of Mexican, German and Czech accordion music, a documentary screening and crafts for the kids.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

This three-day event will focus on the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks. Attendees from around the world will take part in world-class hands-on trainings and technical discussions.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Master of Public Administration Open House

Visit with faculty, alumni and students to discuss the benefits of and requirements for a Master Degree in Public Administration and/or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration & Leadership.
Meeting Assembly Room (BVB 1.338), Downtown Campus

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
Alamodome

Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.
Alamodome

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Three

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Alamodome

Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.

The Great Staff Appreciation Event

The UTSA community is invited to honor the roughly 2,600 UTSA staff members who contribute to the success of the university and its students.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Superintendent Certification Program Information Session

Join UTSA faculty and staff, current students, and area central office administrators/program alumni to learn about this exciting accelerated and web-enhanced program leading to Texas Superintendent Certification. The event is free and open to the public.
BVB 1.322, Downtown Campus


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