spaceTEAMS Academy prototype began as a 4th-8th grade STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) pipeline program delivered in San Antonio during the Spring and Summer of 2006. The program has evolved to date in San Antonio as a k-12 extracurricular program during the school year, in addition the Summer Camps. spaceTEAMS has been subsumed under the Texas Institute for Educational Robotics (TIER) and San Antonio has become host to regional competitions each Spring beginning in 2009. spaceTEAMS is based on the transdiscipliary model of education where:1) MECHATRONICS delivers applied computer science, industrial design, mathematics, engineering and physics.2) CORE delivers academic and career planning, San Antonio's 105 year history of innovation (applied arts, sciences and technology) and space science in the context of the Mars Mission (Target 2030).3) PEERING UP TEAMS partners experienced robotocists students with new comers across the K-PhD pipeline enabling student mentor-teachers to form a pipeline of those willing to teach others.4) PATH = mechatronics, biotronics and finally nanobionics
The spaceTEAMS Summer Camp culminated on Friday July 21, 2006 at Northwest Vista College; with robotics competitions in 2 tracks. One in EARLY, for Elementary students and one in Botball, for Middle-School students. The links on this page to a short video that covers some of the activities leading up to the competition and the photos of the same period only tell some of the story. It will be hard to capture the excitement not only of the students, but of their parents as well. Please continue to check back with us as this will be a living web site dedicated to the spaceTEAMS' events and evolution.