Palacios POWERSET Visits University of Texas-San Antonio
On Friday, January 19th, POWER SET traveled to the campus of the University of Texas - San Antonio to meet with professors and students in the School of Engineering, as well as tour many of their labs to learn about current research being done. Members learned about the fields of chemical, mechanical, environmental, and civil engineering, as well as how current professors and students became interested in their prospective fields and why they chose to attend UTSA. Also, the group went on a campus tour to explore different areas and opportunities available there. Saturday, the group traveled to the San Antonio Zoo and participated in a Real. Wild. Classroom event where zookeepers talked about animal care within the zoo. They even brought a ball python named Savannah out for the members to touch. After learning about the care given, members were able to go behind the scenes to see the lions and tigers, as well as talk to their keeper about her education and path to becoming a zookeeper for large mammals. To end the behind the scenes portion, POWER SET members met the zoo’s only white Rhino, Kutu. Not only were they able to pet him and touch his famous horns, but they were able to learn about the importance of volunteering and interning when pursuing a career as a zookeeper. Group picture names: Back row, L to R: Bailey Grones, Chelsea Campbell, Christina Peterson, Lili Vu, Carmen Serrato, Montserrat Garcia, Quynh Nguyen, Maria Hurtado, and Mai Nguyen. Middle Row: Karla Goytia, Lisa Nguyen, Katie Nguyen, Kayla Vu, Dorothy Nguyen, Kaitlynn Marroquin, and Guadalupe Mancera. Front Row: Summer Brandstatt, Maria Muniz, and Sara Tran.