Saturday, February 06, 2016


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.


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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First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory

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10th annual San Antonio Writing Project Teachers' Conference

This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
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Rowdy Gras 2016

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University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning 2015-16 Speaker Series

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus

Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

29th annual Asian Festival - Year of the Monkey

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

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2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium

Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016  Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium.  The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.

African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs

The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

Presentation and Book Signing with Luis Carlos Montalvan

Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

12th Annual Black Heritage Gala

The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Feb. 27, 9 a.m.

Cultural Contrasts in Latin America

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)

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