(Sept. 30, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio is seeking presenters and exhibitors from the community to participate in the second annual UTSA STEM Familia Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 on the UTSA Main Campus.
The event is one of a series of events in San Antonio, as the Hispanic Chamber CORE4 STEM Expo, UTSA and St. Philip's College bring together more than 3,000 area middle school students and their families to discover STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) career opportunities through free, hands-on educational experiences.
"San Antonio continues to experience growth in the STEM fields, said Belinda Harmon, UTSA director of community outreach. "UTSA STEM Familia Day is an outreach event investing in the future workforce needs of our greater San Antonio area. Our goal is to have these events continue to grow and impact the career goals and dreams of our youth."
Among the scheduled activities is a special video presentation and discussion by NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez. Hernandez made history in 2009 when he became the first astronaut to Tweet in Spanish as a crewmember aboard the STS-128 Discovery shuttle mission to the International Space Station.
The UTSA STEM Familia Day planning committee still has openings for presenters and exhibitors from UTSA departments, area colleges and universities, businesses, schools and organizations across the community to participate in the event targeted toward middle school students and their families. Presentations should be hands-on activities designed to engage the students.
To sign up to present a session or to volunteer, contact Belinda Harmon at 210-458-2904.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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