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UTSA to offer science, engineering and robotics summer camps

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(April 26, 2012) -- Kids in kindergarten through eighth grade from the greater San Antonio area can enroll now in one or more weeklong summer camps that will be offered by the UTSA Interactive Technology Experience Center (iTEC). The camps will include morning, afternoon and all-day sessions at the UTSA Main Campus starting Monday, June 4.

Costs vary by camp; for details including camp schedules, visit the iTEC Summer Camp website or call Roberta Bauer at 210-458-5081.

Students attending iTEC summer camps each day should bring a sack lunch that does not require refrigeration. On request, after-camp care will be available until 5:30 p.m. for children of all ages for $10 per day per child.

ITEC's mission is to inspire youth by creating an environment where they can understand how engineering, science and technology shape our lives and the future of our world. Its focus areas include robotics, telecommunications, scanning electron microscope applications and design for manufacturing.

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Camp highlights

  • iTEC Mad Lab (grades K-5) -- Explore basics of chemistry with hands-on chemistry experiments for your chemist.
  • Back to Nature (grades K-2) -- Discover the wonderful hidden world of bugs and plants found in our own backyard.
  • Planes, Trains, Automobiles (grades K-2) -- Campers will enjoy building and programming robots and exploring some of their favorite modes of transportation.
  • iTEC Rocks (grades K-5) -- Campers will grow crystals, dig for bones and construct their own cave systems.
  • Lost in Space (grades K-5) -- This hands-on program sends children on an intergalactic quest of exploration.
  • Building the you of tomorrow (grades K-8) -- Campers discover what they’re made of and how their bodies work using advanced biotechnology.
  • Gas Who! Alt Energy (grades 3-5) -- Your little engineer will spend hours learning about different forms of clean energy.
  • Thrillventures (Rollercoasters) (grades 3-5) -- Learn the physics behind steep inclines and death-defying loops while understanding the mechanics of how roller coasters work.
  • Green City Challenge (grades 3-5) -- Your child will use LEGO robotics to explore the modern world and different ways we can clean it up.
  • DaVinci’s Marvelous Machines (grades 3-5) -- Join us in building some of Leonardo da Vinci's favorite creations as well as a robot that can paint.
  • A GEARing Challenge (grades 3-5) -- GEAR ahead of your competition, as iTEC revisits previous GEAR competitions. This weeklong class will GEAR you up with the rules and the use of practical attachments. Tackle the challenges of previous competitions with iTEC.
  • Europa Vacation (grades 3-5) -- Students build humanoid robots, roving vehicles and mechanical beasties of increasing complexity. Then they learn how to program their 'droids to walk, talk and even see.
  • Sir-Lance-a-bot (grades 3-5) -- In this camp, your child will be on the edge of his or her seat while building jousting robots, catapults and guillotines.
  • Kil a Watt (grades 6-8) -- Your little engineer will spend hours learning about different forms of clean energy.
  • Green City Challenge (grades 6-8) -- Your child will use LEGO robotics to explore the modern world and different ways we can clean it up.
  • Deep Space IX (grades 6-8) -- Students build humanoid robots, roving vehicles and mechanical beasties of increasing complexity. Then they learn how to program their ’droids to walk, talk and even see.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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