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Port San Antonio to be Home of San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology

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James Castro, right, is president and chief executive officer of the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology. To the left is an early analog computer.


Posted: 5-5-2017, 9:52 a.m.

San Antonio (Bexar County)Port San Antonio will be home to the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT). 

The non-profit organization, created in 2016,  will move to the 14,000-square-foot Mabry Conference Center,102 Mabry Drive, where SAMSAT can deliver an array of STEM-based educational programs in partnership with area educators and other stakeholders beginning this summer.
The building provides a large area for SAMSAT to develop a preview facility, a STEM center and a museum to showcase an array of technological displays dating back to the 1800’s. The vast collection was accumulated by SAMSAT founder David Monroe.

Hundreds of items are in the collection. There are early computing machines, and first-generation inventions that have revolutionized the world, including wireless networks, camera phones and cybersecurity hardware.

The center will also support SAMSAT’s programs that engage area educators and students and their families. 
“We are excited calling southwest San Antonio our new home in a space that is ideal for us to advance our work and inspire young people to pursue technology careers right here in our community,” said James Castro, SAMSAT President and CEO. “The Port campus—the site of the former Kelly Air Force Base—has a 100-year history of innovation in fields that include aerospace and cybersecurity.
“Our new facility gives us a solid foundation to deliver programs and engaging demonstrations and displays connected to these and other fields,” he added.

“In the months ahead, we look forward to exhibiting our collection of technical artifacts that tell the story of humankind’s key milestones over the past century, including the special role that San Antonio has played over the course of that history. We are eager to collaborate with the Port, schools and other partners to expand our reach to those whom we serve and advance our mission to build innovative minds through the exploration of the past, present and future of science, technology, engineering and math.”

Port San Antonio President/CEO Roland Mower said the SAMSAT move creates a strategic partner.

“For us to succeed in these efforts, we need to nurture bright and talented minds throughout our community. So it is essential that we connect with area schools and families through innovative efforts like SAMSAT to reach young people early in life. This will help them see first-hand how technological advances over the past century have revolutionized our lives and, most importantly, how they can personally focus their ambition and education so they can have a role in writing the future chapters of that history.”


From the 19th century: Two models of an early telegraph transmitter and receiver. Courtesy of SAMSAT.


City Councilman Rey Saldana said it is fitting that SAMSAT has selected the heart of the Port as its new home—a place that is itself rich in history and opportunities as a center of technological innovation.

"SAMSAT will help inspire and attract generations of future engineers, scientists and other technology professions that we are growing right here,” Saldana added.
Mower also underscored that the Port’s 1,900-acre campus has long been a place where important activities in global technologies have unfolded. One hundred years ago, the property began as Kelly Field—one of the world’s first major military aviation platforms which employed generations of San Antonians who worked as engineers and technicians charged with supporting and upgrading scores of military aircraft.
In recent years, the Port has also become a central hub for San Antonio’s thriving cybersecurity industry.


Edited from a Port San Antonio press statement

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