Sci-Tech Expo attracts Valley parents and children
Contact: University Relations 381-2741
Posted: 10/17/2002
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Rio Grande Valley children and parents had fun while learning about the fields of science, technology and engineering at the Sci-Tech Expo Community Night Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Edinburg Roadrunners Stadium.

Above spectators at the Sci-Tech Expo catch a glimpse at the latest jet fighter developed by Lockheed Martin.
Sci-Tech Expo - sponsored by the Boeing Corporation - was one of many events taking place during Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology Week (HESTEC) at The University of Texas-Pan American. The expo offered families the chance to see exhibits, demonstrations and presentations focusing on the importance of science, technology and engineering.

Children and parents walked from booth to booth picking up brochures and goodies, and also viewing the latest technology in computers, airplanes and robots.

Abraham Ladden, an Edinburg fourth grade student, said he was inspired to become a pilot after viewing the many airplane and helicopter models at the Boeing Corporation and Lockheed Martin exhibits.

"I really liked the new F-16 airplanes I saw," said Ladden. "I really want to be a pilot when I grow up because I'm interested in airplanes and things that fly."

Ladden's friend Matthew Killion, who wants to be a scientist when he grows up, said he liked all the exhibits, especially the IBM exhibit that gave him the chance to operate a computer.

"Coming here today I was able to learn more information about the computers and the airplanes," Killion said. "I liked the computers the most because they showed you a lot of neat things."

JoAnne Vasquez, a Mission seventh grade student, takes a look at a jet model by the Boeing Corporation during Sci-Tech Expo Community Night at UTPA.
Edinburg resident and parent Dali Flores applauded UTPA for their efforts to educate the Valley children about these fields and would like to see more events in the future encouraging children to reach for their dreams.

"I think this is a very positive event that exposes our children to these fields," Flores said. "Technology is not something that is way out far fetched, it is something they can do, something they can enjoy and it can be fun. Science and technology is where it's at and that is the focus of our country. I think the earlier they get started the better."

Among the participating exhibitors at the Sci-Tech Expo included IBM, Raytheon, UTPA, Gladys Porter Zoo, Lockheed Martin, Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Coast Guard, Navy, and others.