(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 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.
Victor Cyrus, Jr will see his first book of poetry published this fall
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