National History Day

posted Dec 19, 2010, 6:06 PM by Michelle Kretzschmar

SA-HERO will be sponsoring a National History Day competition for homeschoolers. The competition will take place Tuesday, February 1st. If you are planning to complete you must email the following registration information to by Monday, January 17th:

Student's Name
Project Title
Parent Name
Parent Phone Number
Parent Email

 National History Day (NHD) is open to students in sixth grade and above. Students prepare a project on the annual theme which this year is “Debate & Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, Consequences.” The great thing about NHD is the flexibility in the ways you can compete. Your submission can be a paper, exhibit, documentary, website, or performance.  Students can enter as individuals or as a group of up to five students except for the paper category.
My son has been competing in NHD for the last three years and I can tell you homeschoolers are welcomed. Visit for more information on possible topics and competition rules. You can email me any questions you have about the competition. If there is enough interest, I will hold a general information session or if you have a homeschool group, I will come and discuss the competition. Please email at if you are interested.

Volunteer Opportunity for Teens

posted Oct 6, 2010, 10:31 AM by Karen Kuplack   [ updated Oct 6, 2010, 10:35 AM ]

The Institute for Texan Cultures is recruiting mature young adults who have a passion for Texas and the desire to share that passion
with museum visitors.

Junior Docents
A junior docent is a student age 15-17 who volunteers his or her time to make Texas history come alive at our museum! Volunteering as a junior docent is an outstanding way to earn community service hours or demonstrate civic pride on college applications. It's also a great way to make friends!

Junior docents fill these important roles:
-puppet theater performers
-character performers during the Texas Trails and Tales summer program
-activity coordinators at museum family events
-gallery host
-off-site promotions at community events and festivals

To discuss joining the junior docent team, please contact:

Karen Sanchez
Program Coordinator
Volunteer Services
Institute of Texan Cultures


posted Jun 21, 2010, 9:31 PM by Stacy Puckett

We are a group of middle and high school students sponsored by SA HERO that work on a student driven water learning service project.   Through a program called H2O University, SAWS provides workworkshops beginning in September to learn more about  water resources in San Antonio.  Students are then tasked with completing a “Problem-Based Service Learning Project” on any water-related topic which they present  at the end-of-year SWAT Conference.  This year there were 10 high schools participating and the HERO team made 11.  This was our 6th year participating on the SAWS Water Action Team.
We brainstormed ideas for projects that would benefit the local area.  Building a pond was our choice, because it could be a resource for other groups and add to the landscape of our chosen location.  Our funding cam from a private source after writing a proposal for the project.  We spent many hours planning the pond from deciding on the types of pumps to the type of fish and plants that would live in the pond.  It was a great opportunity to learn about water, team work, and community.
The members of our team were:  Samantha Bledstein, Nathan Bledstein, Nicholas Castillo, Benjamin Castillo, Christopher Castillo, Travis , Jon Nicolai, Logan Ray, Makayla Ray,  Hakan Telsiz, Collin Vaughan, and Ashley Wright

HERO advanced 2 teams to the Texas State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament in Houston, Texas

posted May 4, 2010, 7:31 AM by Stacy Puckett   [ updated May 4, 2010, 7:32 AM ]

The Middle School Team placed 4th in the Vehicle Problem, Div II.  The High School Team placed 1st  The high school team also won the Ranatra Fusca for the engineering of their propulsion system and the design of their vehicle.  Ranatra Fusca is the highest honor awarded by Odyssey of the Mind and is presented to teams that exhibit extreme creativity in arriving at a solution that stands out in its uniqueness.  A Ranatra Fusca represents the “out of the box thinking” that Odyssey of the Mind fosters through its programs.  Teams receiving Ranatra Fuscas automatically advance to the World Finals, no matter how they place in the overall competition. in the Vehicle Problem, Div III, earning advancement to the World Tournament in Michigan.

The team, coach, and parents would like to say thank you to HERO for making it all possible!

Free Summer Robotics Program UTSA

posted May 7, 2009, 10:50 AM by Michelle Kretzschmar

This summer iTECH at UTSA will be holding several robotics camps.  These camps will be held at UTSA's 1604 campus.  Elementary age students are invited to participate in the first camp session to be held June 15-June 26.  Middle schoolers are invited to attend our second session June 29-July 10.  Both sessions will start at 8:30 am until 2:00pm. iTECH will provide both breakfast and lunch to all participants.  There is no cost to attend these camps, parents will have to register their students, and provide transportation to and from the UTSA 1604 campus.

Our elementary age program is open to students that have completed 3rd grade through sixth grade. The middle school program is open to students in 6th through 8th grade.  Sixth grade students may attend either camp.  These camps are geared to meet the needs of under served/inner city students and students with learning issues, although any student may apply to attend the program.  If your school is looking to host a First Lego League Team in the fall, or a GEARS team in the spring, these camps will prepare your students to compete in these programs.

All campers will be working in teams consisting of four people.  Each group will have access to an NXT robotics kit, assuring plenty of hands on time for the kids.  We will work on robot design and programing.  Campers will participate in a camp wide robotics tournament the last two days of the camp session.  Many of our mentors will be students who have competed in robotics at the international level, it is our hope that your students will gain some "real game" experience from these mentors.

Please feel free to direct any questions to Mary Stowers, via email, or to Moses Thompson at 

Help Needed for Environmental Science Class Project on Drinking Water

posted May 7, 2009, 10:48 AM by Michelle Kretzschmar

SA-HERO has a group conducting an environmental science project on drinking water. They are conducting a survey of people's attitudes about drinking and using recycled water. Below is the link. We would appreciate if you would take the few minutes (@ 5 minutes) to complete it. We want all ages to complete this survey. The results will be given to the city council and displayed in a library display. Please help our kids create a great project! If you have any questions contact Terry Duncan at

SAC Homeschool Day

posted May 6, 2009, 10:29 AM by Michelle Kretzschmar

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who showed up last Wed for the San Antonio Community College Homeschool Symposium! I think we had around 300 people show up which was far more than the 20-50 I had committed to Dr. Lucchelli and Dr. Whitney in early March! Thanks for making it an awesome eye opener for the college district:)

We're working with Dr. Whitney to coordinate 2 events each year for homeschoolers. We talked about doing them in late August and early January after the semesters have already started. Hopefully that will give everyone more time to gather their various required documents:)

Also, for anyone who's interested there are a few facilities around the city that are working with San Antonio CC to offer dual credit classes - if you're interested please email me at

I can put you in touch with the leader closest to you.

Hopeful locations are:

Tree of Life New Braunfels
Rec Center at Canyon Lake
Resource center in Stockdale
Northwest Community Church on Guilbeau

Looking forward to amazing new adventures for the homeschool community in Greater San Antonio!


Sue Laprise

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