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(Feb. 28, 2011)--Third through eighth graders from the San Antonio area are invited to enroll in one or more daylong science and engineering camps that will be offered next month by the UTSA Interactive Technology Experience Center (iTEC) with the generous support of the AT&T Foundation. The five camps will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, March 14-18. The cost for a single camp is $65; additional camps are $45 each.

On Monday, March 14, students will explore the importance of water, which covers roughly 70 percent of the Earth's surface. Participants will learn where water comes from, why it isn't always suitable to drink, and they will build a water filtration system.

The camp on Tuesday, March 15 will explore solar hot rods. Campers will learn about the sun's energy and how it could become the fuel of the future. They will design, construct and evaluate a solar-powered model car.

On Wednesday, March 16, students will learn what makes them unique. They will study deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), which tells each one of the body's 10 trillion cells what they are supposed to be and do. Camp activities will include creating DNA jewelry and constructing DNA candy.

On Thursday, March 17, students will study the skies and learn what makes the stars shine, how big the universe is and why a dying star creates a black hole. They will learn about the history of astronomy and engineer their own telescopes from scratch.

At the final camp Friday, March 18, students will study Fen Zheng, which is Chinese for kites. Campers will design their own tetrahedral kites and launch seltzer-powered rockets.

The UTSA iTEC was established in 2007 by a four-year, $1.5-million grant from the AT&T Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AT&T. 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.

AT&T Foundation supports programs that build communities and improve access to information technologies, technology training and professional skill development. AT&T Inc. is one of the world's largest telecommunications holding companies and is the largest in the United States.

For more information about the UTSA Spring Break camps, visit the UTSA iTEC website.