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Local Business
4:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Codeup, The Code Training Company With 90% Job Placement

Codeup classes meet at Geekdom's Weston Center location.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Web coding is all the craze these days, and for developers-to-be there is an education solution in San Antonio.

Codeup founder Michael Girdley noticed the lack of talented coders for new tech startups in the Alamo City. His first class is now out in the workforce and the second full class is now in session.

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STEM Education
3:59 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Toyota, BiblioTech Launch Robotics Program For San Antonio Youth

Andy Chen examines the top portion of his team's robot.
Credit Joey Palacios / TPR News

BiblioTech, Bexar County’s all-digital bookless library, is launching its own set of robotics teams for children and students.

Education initiatives for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs are exploding around the city. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas has awarded BiblioTech $15,000 to create a team robotics program called the First Lego League (FLL).

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Community
2:15 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Councilman Nirenberg Seeking Policies To Expedite Private Sector Broadband

Dist. 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg is seeking recommendations from city staff members on a policy to expedite private sector broadband access in San Antonio.
Credit Ron Nirenberg for City Council District 8 Facebook Page

The federal government is flexing its muscles to expand broadband access across the country. Locally, city council members are busy working on policies to expedite the broadband options in San Antonio.

Google Fiber and AT&T are two of the private sector options that may put San Antonio on the broadband map to connect residents to super fast internet speeds.

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Science Education
9:22 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Johnson High School Debuts Virtual Dissection Program With PETA Grant

Students will be able to use this browser-based program to dissect frogs, squid, starfish, pigs, and cats.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Lady Bird Johnson High School in North East ISD is embracing a new program to take dissection out of the classroom and move it onto computers.

This program is called Froguts and next fall it will be in every biology classroom at Johnson High School.

Like many schools these days, Johnson currently uses fetal pigs for dissection, at a cost of $4,000 dollars per year. Jenine Bertolotti, the dean of the science department at Johnson, said the cost was 80 percent of her budget.

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Science & Technology
3:21 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

San Antonio On AT&T List Of Possible High-Speed Internet Cities

Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

AT&T is firmly in the high-speed Internet race with Google as the company announced it is exploring a network expansion for its GigaPower service, which offers speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second.

Renée Flores, regional VP of external affairs at AT&T, said San Antonio is one of 25 metro areas the company is looking at for the expansion.

"The gigabit speeds would allow you to download 25 songs in one second, your favorite TV show in three seconds, and a high-definition movie in just under 36 seconds," Flores said. 

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High-Speed Internet
9:46 am
Thu April 24, 2014

San Antonio Leaders Take Field Trip To Look At Austin's High-Speed Network

Former Councilwoman Leticia Ozuna, who is pushing for the San Antonio Broadband Network (SABN), will attend the field trip to Austin with other city leaders.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

San Antonio city leaders are heading to Austin today to study the Greater Austin Area Telecommunications Network (GAATN).

It connects places like schools, police stations, libraries, and universities to a fiber network for large information sharing abilities.

GAATN is very similar to the Alamo City's proposed San Antonio Area Broadband Network, or SAABN.

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The Source - March 25, 2014
12:30 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

The Source: Robots And Your Job

The Sandia Hand addresses challenges that have prevented widespread adoption of other robotic hands, including cost, durability, dexterity and modularity.
Sandia Labs (Flikr User: Sandialabs)

250 years ago the world was turned upside down by the industrial revolution. Many are saying that a new industrial revolution, a robotic revolution, is already upon us.

Bill Gates of the American Enterprise Institute predicts that in 20 years there will be a completely different employment landscape in the country and that the demand for labor will be much less, especially in low-skill jobs.

"Technology, over time, will reduce the demand for jobs, particularly at the lower end of the skillset." - Bill Gates, March 13, 2014

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The Source - March 12, 2014
1:17 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

The Source: Policing In HD

Nick Hall, Flikr User: nickhall cc

Very soon traffic stops, and every other public interaction the community has with the police, could be videotaped. 

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The Source - February 24, 2014
9:24 am
Mon February 24, 2014

The Source: Massive, Intelligent & Free: MOOCs And Education

edX is one MOOC provider along with Coursera.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) being offered for free by the nation's best universities were going to change everything about education. The most prestigious institutions in America threw open their doors to the masses. Millions of people poured in, taking everything from computer science to "The Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe." 

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Community
12:38 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Google, Comcast, FCC Changing The Face Of San Antonio Broadband

Google-Fiber's expansion plan 9 cities
Google

Google has indicated it wants to expand its Google-Fiber network to 9 additional cities, including San Antonio. TPR's live call-in show "The Source" tackled the topic of our broadband landscape's big changes. Along with Google Fiber, the FCC and Comcast's merger are all reshaping what we know.

The difference between a fiber connection and what San Antonio has now is substantial.

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