(May 17, 2016) -- Is your elementary, middle or high school student looking for a great summer camp?
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) offers dozens of daily and weekly programs starting in June. Children, teens and recent high school graduates can choose from an array of activities to learn, explore and create this summer.
UTSA summer camp themes range from science, engineering and architecture to sports, music and writing. The camps offer participants a place to learn something new while having fun and spending quality time with UTSA’s top-tier faculty, staff and students. While at UTSA, campers will also meet new friends who share similar tastes and passions.
As many as 8,500 campers are expected to participate this summer in all sessions hosted at the UTSA Main, Downtown and Hemisfair Campuses.
UTSA offers half-day and full-day sessions as well as camps lasting one or two weeks. Some camps are residential, offering campers a chance to stay overnight on campus.
Summer camps highlights
• UTSA is known for its excellence as a premier research institution and its summer camp programs are evidence of its commitment to educate and raise awareness of the latest developments in the STEM fields. The Interactive Technology Experience Center (iTEC) will host nearly 40 camps throughout the summer for curious youth who are interested in science, engineering, technology and math, and all kind of topics that share one common skill: solving problems. Camps cover a variety of disciplines ranging from environmental science and robotics to programming, biomedical engineering and geology.
• The Summer Career Academy in Architecture and Interior Design is intended to help curious high school and college students decide whether architecture or interior design is for them. UTSA faculty of the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning use downtown San Antonio as a laboratory for visual and hands-on design exercises where students learn and polish basic design skills such as sketching, creative and spatial thinking, model construction and photography.
• UTSA Athletics hired two powerhouses this year. Head football coach Frank Wilson joined UTSA earlier this year. Coach Steve Henson recently joined UTSA to lead the men’s basketball program. Campers will train with some of UTSA’s finest athletes and coaches in NCAA facilities and gear. Baseball, tennis, soccer and volleyball will also be part of the sports summer camps mix.
• The UTSA Summer Music Institute is hosting several camps that will allow young, aspiring musicians learn and improve their artistic chops in playing selected band instruments. There will also be a session offered to youth planning to compete in the Texas All-State choir process and a performing arts camp where students learn the magic of acting, dance and drama.
• UTSA is a leading research institution focused on protecting and preserving the monarch butterfly, the official insect of Texas. In this camp, hosted by some of the best environmental scientists in Texas, campers will learn why the monarch butterfly might be disappearing. They will also explore the basics concepts in monarch biology, ecology and conservation; and will build a plant press to collect plants for observation, prepare insect boxes and study everything about monarchs migrating north via Texas twice every year.
• Testing to get into a math course in college? UTSA Testing Services is hosting several one-day and four-day boot camps for students seeking placement into several math, pre-calculus and calculus courses. The Jump Start camp is a faster pace for students who’ve already taken a math placement test and scored just under the acceptable score for entrance into MAT 1093 or 1214. The Math Boot Camp is slightly longer for students needing more time to prepare for their tests. Both camps are designed to prepare students to nail their future math courses, not to simply pass a test. UTSA math teachers lead these camps.
By Diego Aparicio
Learn more about the growing list of UTSA summer camps.
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University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA students to "Pizza With The Prez." Come grab a slice of pizza and take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President. Pizza while supplies last.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA faculty and staff to "Tacos With Taylor." Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President at any one of these casual meet and greets.
Biotechnology, Science and Engineering Building atrium, Main Campus
The College of Engineering Student Council and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce host this fun and education event. Erika Camacho is the keynote speaker. Children and families are welcome.
East Campus Parking Lot, Valero Way, Main Campus
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