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Family Day Online
Hosted Virtual Tours
We've moved free SAMSAT Family Day from Saturday to weekdays. Join us online on any device for a 45-minute hosted overview of our museum artifacts, including Edison experimental light bulbs, our WWII Enigma coding machine, and more. We'll talk about their history, why they matter, and the lessons we can draw for invention and innovation. Hosted from the museum when possible, with pictures and video when not, and always interactive!
We deliver an online and inquiry-based lesson to your students on STEM topics of interest, always including a making activity where students create deliverables. Classes are hosted online from the museum, and includes museum artifacts.
SAMSAT inspires innovative minds through exploration of the past, present and future of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
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September 27, 2019
SAMSAT for Schools
SAMSAT and SASTEMIC have merged. We are working together to bring STEM to your school, and we're ready for your students to visit our Preview Center.
is our mobile STEM
space that travels to schools and other organizations to provide STEM educational experiences through 18 curricula including drones, cyber, wind energy, robotics, forensics and more.
SAMSAT Explore™ Tour
Bring up to 25 students and spend an hour or more learning the history of electricity, computers, communications, and cyber, delving into the mindset of some of history's greatest inventors and entrepreneurs.
Bring up to 50 students for a SAMSAT Explore™ tour, and then students experience invention through STEM curricula and activities. A three- to four-hour activity.
Bring teams of 4-6 students, grades 7-12, create an idea around San Antonio's SA Tomorrow plan, do technical research, do market research, receive training and mentorship, and pitch your idea. Win the Mayor's Smart City Cup!
The SAMSAT Preview Center is open every Saturday for Family Day, and it's free! And SAMSAT is a great place for your meeting, celebration or event.
Join us between 10 am and 5 pm at the Preview Center. There is no cost for admission, but your donations are always welcome.
We're at 102 Mabry Drive, San Antonio.
On the campus of Port San Antonio (formerly Kelly Air Force Base).
Here's a map.
Meetings and Events
Hold your business meeting, training session, celebration or other event at SAMSAT.
Located at Port San Antonio.
Preview Center: Up to 100 people.
Activity Center: Up to 100 people.
Executive Conference room: Up to 12.
Inquire about individual offices on the Port San Antonio campus, within five minutes of large aerospace companies and defense contractors.
Visit the SAMSAT Preview Center
The SAMSAT Preview Center is located on the Port San Antonio campus near Lackland Air Force Base. See highlights of the SAMSAT collection pending our move into Port San Antonio's Innovation Center.
Things to see at the Preview Center
The capture of an Enigma Coding Machine by the Allies was a major event of WWII. See one of very few remaining.
Datapoint Corporation was a 10,000-employee company in San Antonio with a claim to creating the first microcomputer. See the Datapoint collection.
Phototelesis, a spin-off of Datapoint, created a phone that can send and receive pictures. The world's first cameraphone!
Inside a typical phone, there are 350 billion transistors that do the same job as each one of the vacuum tubes you see in this picture.
Visit the Preview Center
Open every Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm
FREE (donations welcome)
102 Mabry Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78226
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The Edison collection includes a light bulb made of horse hair, and a 1900s dynamo (below) for energy distribution.
Learn who Nikola Tesla was, how a Tesla coil works, and why the Tesla coil sends energy through the air that turns on the lights. We'll fire up the coil for you!