(July 29, 2013) -- Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas officials and engineers welcomed students in the San Antonio Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) to the assembly plant last week for a guided tour and presentations on the company's working environment and manufacturing methods.
During the visit, the students learned about working on an assembly line by participating in an interactive session building mini pickup trucks using LEGO pieces.
The visit wrapped up with a question-and-answer session for the students with Toyota engineers discussing the educational and career paths that led them to the company.
Established in 1979 at UTSA by mathematics professor Manuel Berriozabal, SA-PREP provides high-achieving students (particularly minorities and females) excelling in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with instruction to prepare them for careers in those areas.
The program has been replicated across the state as TexPREP and across the nation as PREP-USA. Nearly 16,000 students have completed at least one summer component. Overall, PREP programs have served more than 34,000 students. Historically, 80 percent of PREP graduates attend college.
The seven-week program for middle and high school students took place on nine local university campuses this summer.
At 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 31, more than 1,300 will participate in the 35th annual PREP closing assembly in the Convocation Center on the UTSA Main Campus.
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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