A&M-San Antonio offers first-ever free Challenge to ASPIRE Virtual Summer Camps

By University Communications

Wednesday, 06 17 2020

SAN ANTONIO – As part of efforts to provide unforgettable summer experiences for local students while continuing to observe social distancing guidelines, Texas A&M University-San Antonio is offering its first-ever free virtual summer camps to area students.

Known as the Challenge to ASPIRE Virtual Camps, these virtual retreats will take place June 22-26 and July 13-17, providing 70 middle school students with two unique opportunities to enjoy interactive learning and fun. The community response has been excellent, as the June segment is already at capacity and July segment slots are going fast.

“We are pleased to be able to offer these types of opportunities free for our local community,” said Vanessa Quiroga, director of Community Partnerships & Campus Visit Experience. “By exposing young people to the University, we hope that will spark curiosity and interest in higher education and further promote a college-going culture in our community.”

The camp curriculum will feature a special virtual tour of A&M-San Antonio and presentations from University staff and alumni, as well as several high-profile presenters, including:

  • San Antonio’s Museum for Kids – the DoSeum
  • NASA’s STEM Engagement Educator Professional Development Collaborative
  • San Antonio College’s Scobee Education Center

The camps will take place virtually through WebEx, a Web teleconferencing application. To participate, students will login to WebEx live Monday through Friday during the designated weeks from 9 a.m. to noon. The University will supply all materials and work with students who may require technology support.

There are only a few July segment slots left, so interested students should register now. For more information, visit tamusa.edu/challenge-to-aspire.

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Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Established as a stand-alone university in 2009, Texas A&M University-San Antonio is a comprehensive four-year public university that reflects the culturally diverse, heritage-rich community it serves. Situated on nearly 700 acres in south San Antonio, A&M-San Antonio is a Military Embracing™ institution offering 29 undergraduate degrees and 14 graduate degrees to over 6,700 students. The University is home to the Henry G. Cisneros Institute for Emerging Leaders and the Cyber Engineering Technology/Cyber Security Research Center. A&M-San Antonio holds the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation. Military Times ranks the University No. 35 in the nation for “Best for Vets: Colleges.” Visit tamusa.edu for more information. #onamission