(May 17, 2013) -- Science-minded students unhappy about the end of school may find joy in The University of Texas at San Antonio Destination Discovery Science Camp. The two-week summer camp, hosted by the Office of P-20 Initiatives, will explore chemistry and engineering through hands-on activities.
>> Destination Discovery is 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., June 17-28, at the UTSA Downtown Campus. It is open to incoming fourth and fifth grade students. Register online for the UTSA Destination Discovery Summer Science Camp. The cost is $100 per student, which includes supplies and lunch.
During the first week of camp, "Crazy Chemistry -- What is Chemistry?," kids will learn about the scientific method and will use chemistry to make their own sidewalk chalk or create a crystal garden out of common household items.
During the second week, the camp's Junior Engineers will journey into the world of structures. Campers will learn about structural elements and how to apply technical, scientific and mathematical skills to solve problems. Ultimately, they will plan, build and test their own designs.
"While kids enjoy being out of school for the summer, it's important that they continue to use critical thinking skills,' said Rachel Ruiz, UTSA assistant vice president for P-20 initiatives. "This science and engineering camp is a great way for kids to explore STEM careers and be reminded that learning and fun can go hand-in-hand."
For more information about the camp, call the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives at 210-458-2769.
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
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
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
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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