(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."
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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