By Bret Piatt
Aug 14, 2018
This past Saturday, August 11, episode 98 of Cyber Talk Radio hit the air on 1200 WOAI and iHeartRadio streaming. I was joined by David Monroe, Drue Placette and Dale Bracey of SAMSAT to discuss the museum and how they are inspiring innovation and people with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
We were happy to have the folks from SAMSAT on the show as they are doing a lot of great work at the museum located at Port San Antonio! You’ve likely heard about Port San Antonio on the show, Jim Perschbach, Port San Antonio CEO, has been a guest a few times talking about the Port, Project Tech and the collaboration between cybersecurity and other industries. At SAMSAT, David has built a large collection of technological artifacts. One of the highlights in the collection is the first personal/desktop computer from Datapoint Corporation. What is Datapoint? Founded in July 1968 in San Antonio, Datapoint was originally known as Computer Terminal Corporation (CTC). This sets the beginning point of San Antonio getting into the high-tech industry. The museum also features the first heart stent which was also developed in San Antonio. Biotech is another big industry for the city. A major turning point for creating a physical location for the museum was when Judge Wolff came over to a temporary space to take a look at David’s vast collection. Judge Wolff asked why he hadn’t created a museum to show off the impressive collection. So then, how did SAMSAT end up at Port San Antonio? Jim Perschbach also toured the collection and immediately wanted SAMSAT at the Port. Drue and Dale work with David to help run the museum and dream up future plans to increase community engagement and getting more people involved in technology. What better place to engage the San Antonio community and spark people’s interest in STEM than at the museum with interactive programs for adults and children. SAMSAT has Family Fun Saturdays with free admission so go check it out! Some of the fun interactive activities include exhibits of Tesla coils, flying drones and integrated circuits!
In the second half of the show, we dive into future plans for SAMSAT. David, Drue and Dale are excited to expand their their presence at Port San Antonio and hope to build out a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) arena, maker space, exhibit area, meeting rooms and classroom space. SAMSAT likes to focus on hands on activities for children to learn. Children can learn so much from taking an idea all the way through to construction. Speaking of construction, another fun example of an invention featured at SAMSAT are the Edison bulbs. Never heard of the Edison bulb? David explains and describes a few of the bulbs in the collection that use bamboo and horse hair as the filament. When you go to the museum, you will also see a big desk. What’s the story behind the big desk? Why is it there? Listen to the episode replay to hear the backstory on the desk and learn more about SAMSAT, here or watch below.**
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