(Feb. 6, 2013) -- Parents from the San Antonio area are invited to enroll their kindergarten through eighth grade children in one or more science, engineering and robotics camps that will be offered next month by the UTSA Interactive Technology Experience Center (iTEC).
Kindergarten through fifth graders have the option to attend five daylong camps from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, March 11-15 on the UTSA Main Campus. The cost for a single day camp is $65.
Sixth through eighth graders can attend a weeklong robotics camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, March 11-15 on the UTSA Main Campus. The cost for the week is $250.
The iTEC spring break camps are a great way to get children interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on activities. The instructors at iTEC go beyond the classroom and understand that kids learn more when they are excited about the topics being discovered. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.
The iTEC mission is to inspire youth by creating an environment where they can understand how engineering, science and technology shape our lives and the future of the world. Its focus areas include robotics, telecommunications, scanning electron microscope applications and design for manufacturing.
>> To register for the UTSA iTEC Spring Break camps, visit the UTSA iTEC website.
iTEC Spring Break Camp schedule
Kindergarten – second grade
March 11 -- Flying Wings: Learn about what it takes to soar in the sky. Campers will learn about the history of aviation, early aircrafts, principles of flight and lift including Bernoulli's principle and aircraft design to build hot air balloons, kites, helicopters and rockets of their own.
March 12 -- Messing with Mixtures: Campers will explore different chemical reactions and why they happen, while learning about the periodic table and chemical elements as well as making your own polymers.
March 13 – Grossology: Learn about the fascinating (and disgusting) way that the human body works with iTEC's grossology and human biology day camp. Uncover the biology of organs systems, body functions such as digestion, and model the human body by making edible skin and blood.
March 14 -- Wacky Weather: Become a meteorologist by making a wind vane, a rainbow and a cloud of your own. Campers will learn about types of clouds, weather systems, light and temperature and have fun doing activities focused on the environment around us.
March 15 -- Magical Science: Explore the science behind some neat magic tricks using chemistry and physics concepts such as chemical reactions, Newtonian fluids and electricity.
Third – Fifth grades
March 11 -- The Flight Stuff: Get airborne learning about the history of aviation, early aircrafts, principles of flight and lift including Bernoulli's principle and aircraft design. Campers also will gain hands-on experience with flying, practicing flight with simulation software and using a radio-controlled model helicopter.
March 12 -- Chemistry Sparks! Discover the chemistry behind pyrotechnics such as the colors that common chemical compounds produce and different types of fireworks. Campers will enjoy making their own mini-fireworks such as black snakes and sparklers while learning about safety and chemistry.
March 13 -- My-crobiobial Friend: Gain a better understanding of what we're made of, or rather what we're covered with at the iTEC microbiology day camp. Campers will learn about bacteria, viruses and parasites. Conduct fun experiments and feel like a scientist.
March 14 -- What's the Weather? Campers will learn about unusual and severe extreme weather conditions such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, and thunder and lightning, while exploring what causes them such as temperature and pressure.
March 15 -- Magical Science: Discover science concepts such as buoyancy, density, energy, pressure, electricity and chemical reactions by doing fascinating experiments that look like magic. Learn that what many might believe is "magic" can be explained with science.
Sixth – Eighth grades
March 11-15 -- Green City Challenge: The Green City is a beautiful and prosperous city with many ideas for creating a perfect environment for families and businesses. Years of hard work have gone into developing the Green City waste disposal system and sources of renewable energy to secure a sustainable future. The students' mission will be to build and program a NXT robot that can collect as many of the dilithium crystals as possible and use them to energize the Green City.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
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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