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UTSA Engineering hosts Monster Mash Pumpkin Smash at second annual STEM Fest Nov. 2

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Monster Mash Pumpkin Smash

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(Oct. 17, 2013) -- The UTSA College of Engineering and the College of Engineering Student Council will host its popular Monster Mash Pumpkin Smash in conjunction with STEM Fest from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 in the Valero Energy parking lot next to the UTSA Main Campus. STEM includes science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The event is free and open to the public.

The Monster Mash Pumpkin Smash challenges students of all majors to design and build a medieval trebuchet (or catapult) that will launch and destroy a pumpkin. In recent years, winning teams have launched pumpkins up to 700 feet. This year, teams will have three different targets they must hit.

In addition to slinging pumpkins, the festival will include engaging hands-on science experiments for the kids, a costume contest, virtual-reality roller coaster, moon bounce, dunk tank and other family-friendly activities. Free t-shirts will be available while supplies last. Engineering student organizations also will offer food and drinks for sale to raise funds to support their campus activities.

The UTSA College of Engineering Student Council (COESC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to uniting and advancing collaboration between UTSA engineering students and society. The council provides guidance to UTSA engineering students to increase their participation in UTSA campus life, activities and events, and to show others that engineering goes beyond just math and science. It also gives UTSA engineering students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-world situations.

Any student organization or individual team that would like to enter the Monster Mash Pumpkin Smash competition can register by emailing COESC at utsacoesc@gmail.com by Oct. 18. Catapult designs are due Oct. 25.

>> Learn more at the UTSA College of Engineering website.

 

 

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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