Inspiring What's Next by exploring the past, present and future of
science, technology, engineering, and math.
Coming August 11, 2022
SAMSAT AREA 21™ at the
Tech Port Center + Arena
Free in-person and online programs
Many leading to digital badges for students
Boeing STEM Academy: Engineering
CPS Energy/Itron: Smart Energy Education
Computer Literacy and Student Leadership Development
Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Cyber SOC Academy
San Antonio Area Foundation SA Smart Youth Development
San Antonio Water System: SA Smart 2022
Nancy Smith Hurd Foundation
Community-Based Education and Pathways
Character Education Via Technology and Esports
Contact us to learn more
SAMSAT Preview Center
World class artifacts, free tours, and Tesla Coil demos.
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 12,000-employee company in San Antonio with a claim to creating the first personal computer. 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 vacuum tube 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
Paste a map link into your phone's browser:
Google Maps: tinyurl.com/samsat-map-google
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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!
SAMSAT maintains the historical archive for Datapoint Corporation, including computers, other equipment, manuals, and collaterals.