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UTSA to host second annual Family STEM Day activities Nov. 16

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Astronaut Jose Hernandez
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(Nov. 13, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio will commemorate STEM Week in San Antonio by hosting the second annual STEM Family Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 in the H-E-B University Center on the UTSA Main Campus.

The event is one of a series of activities and is sponsored by the Hispanic Chamber CORE4 STEM, UTSA and St. Philip's College. The partnership is bringing together more than 3,000 San Antonio area middle school students and their families to discover STEM career opportunities through free hands-on educational experiences. STEM careers are in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

At 9 a.m. in the H-E-B University Center Ballroom, NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez will make a special video presentation. He will discuss how he 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 remainder of the morning will feature more than a dozen STEM sessions hosted by representatives from the mathematics and scientific communities in San Antonio. Presentation topics include anatomy, solar energy, cyber security, robotics and nanotechnology.

At 1 p.m., families will be treated to a lunch hosted by the Entrepreneurs Organization of San Antonio in the H-E-B University Center Ballroom.

"San Antonio continues to experience growth in the STEM fields," said Belinda Harmon, UTSA director of community outreach. "UTSA Family STEM Day is an outreach event investing in the future workforce needs of the greater San Antonio area. Our goal is to have these events continue to grow and impact the career goals and dreams of our youth."

Connect online at STEM Family Day at UTSA or contact Belinda Harmon at 210-458-2904 or belinda.harmon@utsa.edu.

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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