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San Antonio youth 'PREP' for future at engineering summer camp


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(June 13, 2012) -- The San Antonio Prefreshman Engineering Program (SA-PREP) has an impressive track record. Ninety-eight percent of the students who complete one summer of SA-PREP go on to enroll in college. And last year, three-quarters of the program's grads were members of minority groups.

Today, SA-PREP welcomes approximately 1,300 entering middle and high school students for the start of its seven-week summer program, which was founded in 1979 at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) by Manuel Berriozabal, UTSA professor of mathematics.

"The PREP program is not your typical summer camp," said Rudy Reyna, PREP executive director. "The students enrolled understand it is academically intense and are here to learn the fundamentals in the STEM areas -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Through PREP, students are prepared so they can be better problem solvers and so they can successfully pursue careers in science, technology and engineering."

The academic levels of the program -- PREP I, PREP II, PREP III and PREP IV -- are presented over seven weeks through lectures, project-based learning, seminars and hands-on activities that allow students to learn and apply advanced STEM concepts. The curriculum includes but is not limited to mathematics, problem solving, engineering, physics, technical writing, water science, computer science, research and STEM career awareness. In addition to gaining a jumpstart on advanced topics in the hard sciences, PREP students have the opportunity to earn college scholarships and high school credit.

In San Antonio, PREP I will be offered at the UTSA Main and Downtown campuses, Northwest Vista College, Northeast Lakeview College and Palo Alto College. PREP II will be offered at the University of the Incarnate Word Dual Enrollment Center, San Antonio College, St. Philip's College Southwest Campus and Texas A&M University - San Antonio. PREP III will be offered at St. Mary's University and PREP IV will be offered at the UTSA Main Campus. All programs run June 13-July 31.

Through the Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program (TexPREP), approximately 2,000 additional Texas youth will participate in the program across the state. TexPREP locations include Arlington, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Edinburg, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Houston, Laredo, Lubbock, McAllen and Victoria.

>> Learn more at the PREP website or call 210-458-2060.



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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

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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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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