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​Inspiring What's Next

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past, present and future of

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SAMSAT Preview Center

World class artifacts, free tours, and Tesla Coil demos.  Learn more



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Premiere online STEM classes. Sign up, get a family membership, or get a school pass.   More

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Complete a class sequence and earn your digital badge.  Get on the path to STEM education and careers.  More

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Explore and Do™ Tour 

Up to fifty students tour the Preview Center and participate in a complementary STEM activity.  Contact us

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We bring our mobile STEM space to you for STEM activities and inspiration.  More

SA Smart Challenge

SAMSAT is a lead partner in this research and pitch deck competition with the Mayor's Office around the challenges of our city.  More

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SAMSAT is the local afffiliate for Invention Convention.  More

Invention Convention


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
Temporarily closed due to COVID-19
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!



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