(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.
UTSA researchers are exploring matter at the atomic level with Helenita. It's one of the most powerful microscopes in the world, with the ability to operate near the theoretical limit of resolution. At 9 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing more than two tons, Helenita can dissect almost anything. With Helenita's resolution, researchers can study particles atom by atom to see how they behave.
That's critical in developing nanotechnology that will help diagnosis early-stage breast cancer or make helmets that are uber strong. Moreover, the detail that Helenita provides will allow nanotechnology researchers to create new therapies and treatments to fight a wide range of human diseases.
Did you know? Helenita can magnify a sample 20 million times its size, which would make a strand of human hair the size of San Antonio.
Join AIA San Antonio’s Women in Architecture group for their networking and happy hour event, where all design professionals are welcome.
Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St.
This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
After graduation, Queretaro native founded a music label recognized by SXSW
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