WHAT WE DO AND WHY WE DO IT
SAMSAT is to become a world-class science center, an innovation incubator and home to a major collection of never-before-seen technological artifacts, a fascinating hub for today’s dreamers in San Antonio and beyond.
We have now moved into our new home. We currently offer visits by appointment only. Contact us to schedule a visit!
After-School Programs— Featuring interactive, standard-space activities that complement school curricula. We will use materials from the the prestigious Buck Institute for Education with its promotion of eight essential requirements for project-based learning.
Teacher Professional Development— Museums/STEM centers are powerful resources for educators. We will offer significant professional development tools for teachers, from workshops and school partnerships, to classroom activities and resources.
A Learning Destination for the Young and Young at Heart— Our collection of 10,000 items spans more than a century of technological innovations, from early telecommunications and computing machines to the breakthroughs that are the foundation of today's information era. We will create both preview and museum spaces that help people of all ages and walks of life appreciate the innovation process and learn about skills required to participate in the advancement of technology for the betterment of humankind. Initial preview displays will focus on early communication devices, cybersecurity, the PC/Datapoint story, early Edison innovations, and innovations and collections that arose in San Antonio.
SAMSAT will explore the fascinating roots of technology we use every day, promoting STEM education for the high-skill jobs of our knowledge economy and increasing interest in science and tech careers. SAMSAT is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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The six primary reasons for building SAMSAT are:
by recognizing the many world-class contributions that have been made by San Antonio individuals and San Antonio companies.
in job creation and job fulfillment in the San Antonio area by promoting science and technology awareness and education.
by providing a world-class facility and resources to conduct Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) educational events for children and young adults.
that is a world-class museum complex displaying science and technology exhibitions to educate visitors on the history, present state, and future of science and technology and how it relates to their lives.
for supporting historical preservation and academic study and planning of specific areas of scientific and technology utilizing the SAMSAT artifact and document resources as a basis for research.
to allow them to better able to make decisions about personal health, energy efficiency, environmental quality, resource use, and national security.
The Port campus—the site of the former Kelly Air Force Base—has a 100-year history of innovation in fields including aerospace and cyber-security.
INSPIRE THE FUTURE WITH US
Through our partnership with SASTEMIC and other nonprofit and educational institutions, we will begin hosting STEM events, camps, and Maker events. We intend to expand our role in an evolving ecosystem of P-12 education. These include:
Our STEM camps combine our high quality educational Geekbus programs, and extend our basic exploratory Maker activities, to provide students continual learning during spring and summer breaks.
An annual family coding event, bringing parents, students, experts and educators together for a day of coding, video game design and computer science.
Computer Terminal Corporation (later called Datapoint Corporation) developed the first Personal Computer (PC) and architected the first microprocessor for the PC in 1971.
INSPIRE THE FUTURE WITH US
Help us foster real, positive change by helping to deliver award-winning science education in ways that are bold, powerful and meaningful.
Dr. Francis Kane of San Antonio is credited for developing the GPS system.
Brooks Air Force Base was the first center for manned space travel prior to 1961 when congress passed a bill to move it to Clear Lake, Texas.
WHO WE ARE
San Antonio has long been the birthplace of technological innovation, yet until now has never had a dedicated science or technology museum to support and pay tribute to the community. We need your help to continue to tell San Antonio’s story of leading innovation and inspire the next generation in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Le Ann M. Cyr attended George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia for her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She attended Georgetown University in Washington D.C. for her Graduate Assistantship and completed her Master’s Degree, graduating with honors. After Graduate School, Mrs. Cyr worked for a Fortune 500 company as a Corporate Headhunter; focusing primarily on the recruitment and placement of professionals in the Accounting and Finance fields.
In 2006 Mrs. Cyr co-founded The Orthopaedic & Spine Institute (OSI) with her husband, Dr. Steven J. Cyr where she served as Chief Executive & Financial Officer for OSI until 2013. In 2014, she stepped down as CEO to focus on her faith, family, and charity, including a non-profit foundation in her family’s name, The Cyr Family Charitable Fund, which has supported and advocated for numerous San Antonio based charitable organizations.
Founder and President, The Telesis Group, Inc. Founder and President, e-Watch Corporation and e-Watch, Inc. of Texas
Monroe has forty years’ experience in the commercial and government electronics business in San Antonio. In college, he interned at Computer Terminal Corporation, which became Datapoint Corporation. Monroe held multiple positions including VP R&D. Monroe contributed to the evolution of the PC, Microprocessor Technology, pioneered Desktop Video Teleconferencing, Image Sensors, Government Tactical Imaging Systems & Communications and Cellphone Image Transmission.
Monroe has over 50 patents issued in his name. Monroe was appointed President of the Board of Governors of St. Peter, St. Joseph’s Children’s Home and is passionate about helping San Antonio’s children.
Construction & Project Management Services
Engaged in development business providing construction and project management services. Building medical office building, hotels and commercial projects.
Professional Experience: Design and Project Engineering positions on domestic and international chemical, oil and gas, and power projects. Worked in heavy manufacturing including process compressors and military projects.
Education and professional:
I always had a bent towards business which became abundantly clear when, at the age of 11, the school phoned home to inform my parents of my lunchroom actives. It seems that during the morning stop by the corner store I was buying up the bottom shelf ten-cent candies and reselling them for twenty-five cents a piece; margins that I am still proud of today. Obviously this “regulatory hurdle” was insurmountable and Shaun’s Candy Resale, Inc. ended after two, wonderfully profitable, days.
My next venture would come a few short months later as I hijacked the family lawn care equipment, printed flyers, and launched S&W Lawn Care Services. While most kids were content to mow a few lawns for a few bucks, I just knew that I could corner the market. From there on, not much changed, until the age of 24, when I left a stable job with one of America’s top banks and joined my first tech startup. I had officially caught the tech bug and entered into, what I now call, the whirlwind decade.
The end of that phase of life left me at the top of my professional game, married to an amazing woman, a father of three – yet teetering on the edge of total burnout; disillusioned with the lack of satisfaction this long sought success had brought. The years that followed would lead me to the realization that the way I was doing life simply wouldn’t work any longer and eventually on a journey to a new way of living in priority order.
These day’s I’m still starting, leading, coaching, writing, and speaking … anything I can do to share what I’ve learned about Life, Leadership, and Modern Technology … all of which are way more connected than you might think.
John F. Strieby is a healthcare and management consultant with a successful multi industry track record in management and innovative corporate development. Prior to his role in consulting, Strieby was President of Prospect Southwest for Prospect Medical Holdings, LLC. Prospect is a rapidly growing health care company which currently owns and operates 28 hospitals in California, Texas, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania integrated with their associated Coordinated Regional Care (population and medical management) Division with over 400,000 enrollees, and 7900 physicians. In this role Strieby focused on identifying new investment, acquisition and partnering opportunities, accelerating Prospect’s growth in the Southwest and Northeast regions.
Prior to his promotion, Strieby served 30 years as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nix Health Care System in San Antonio, Texas with ownership as well as management responsibilities. Under his leadership Nix expanded to a multihospital system including medical surgical, behavioral health, rehabilitation, home services, clinics and rural health services. He led the organization to a reputation of high quality, personalized patient care resulting in many distinguished quality and service awards over the years.
Strieby continues to serve as an advisor to Prospect, Chairman of Nix Health Care Foundation and as Vice Chairman of Centro, the primary San Antonio downtown development organization. He also serves on other not for profit Boards as well as an advisor to several innovative technology and health care companies.
Prior to joining the Nix, Strieby was vice president of corporate development at Datapoint Corporation for 10 years, with worldwide responsibility for corporate strategy, planning, and acquisitions and served as an elected officer for nine years growing the company to $1 billion in annual revenues. Prior to joining Datapoint Corporation, he was an executive with Honeywell, Inc. in their Aerospace and Computer Divisions in Florida and Massachusetts.
James graduated with his Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University and has since become a leader in Texas promoting children and family’s well-being. He is the former Chief Executive Officer for St. Peter-St. Joseph Children's Home (St. PJ’s) in San Antonio. James recently participated in the San Antonio FBI Citizens Academy for his work in Child Welfare and in October 2015 was appointed by Governor Abbott to the Texas Task Force on Improving Outcomes for Juveniles Adjudicated for Sexual Offenses. He was recognized by Governor Rick Perry in October 2009 and appointed to the Texas State Task Force to Reduce Child Abuse & Neglect. He currently is the Co-Chair with Senator Carlos Uresti for the Bexar County Blue Ribbon Task Force
Prior to this appointment Castro was appointed by Governor Perry and served six years on the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, he also served on the Board of Mental Health America of Texas. His commitment to children and families includes serving as the Chair for the Bexar County Community Resource & Coordination Group (CRCG) for six years, 2002 -2008, as one of the initial leaders for the Bexar County Children’s Diversion Initiative that began in 2007 and also serving the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission as a member of its Models for Change initiative.
Before joining St. PJ’s he was the Director of Children’s Operations at the Center for Health Care Services (CHCS). He joined CHCS in 1999. While there he transformed the children’s division into a community partner and leader in assisting children with mental health needs. As a member of the Texas State Children’s Directors Consortium he was instrumental in bringing innovative programs to Bexar County through CHCS. He volunteered for Catholic Television of San Antonio for six years as a host of one of their longest running programs, Catholicism Live.
He currently holds licenses as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.
CEO, The Museum Practice
Jeffrey Wyatt is CEO at The Museum Practice with over 20 years’ experience in the design, production and operation of museum exhibitions worldwide. In addition to SAMSAT, Wyatt is currently working with the Van Gogh Museum. Exhibition highlights among the 30 he has produced include King Tut, Harry Potter, Titanic, Saint Peter & the Vatican, Liberty Bell 7 and NASA’s Space. Additionally, he produced Coca-Cola Olympic City at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Mr. Wyatt has an architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley and an Executive MBA from UTSA.
Dr. Cliff Zintgraff is a researcher and entrepreneur who builds, delivers, and studies learning experiences for children and adults.
The focus of his work is inquiry learning experiences, where students inquire into topics, guided by instructors, targeting learning outcomes. He has developed inquiry-driven products and services and led programs for secondary mathematics, science and career education, and for corporate technology innovation, all for domestic and international programs. Prior to earning his Ph.D., he was a software developer, manager and executive working in medical billing, medical imaging, and secure telecommunications. His service work in San Antonio includes co-founding the Information Technology and Security Academy (ITSA). He is a co-founder and current Board Chair of SASTEMIC, providing services and advocating for STEM education in San Antonio.
Hugh Miller joined the City of San Antonio as Chief Technical Officer in July, 2004, after tenure at Priceline.com and the San Antonio Water System.
He has spent most of his career in information technology leadership in several places throughout the country. Serving as the Chief Technology Officer of the Information Technology Services Department (ITSD), Mr. Miller is responsible for providing IT services to all City of San Antonio departments on a daily basis. ITSD also provides leadership, vision, and support for all technology functions throughout the City organization.
Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic / Neurological Spine Surgery
Board Certified Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
Steven J. Cyr, M.D., is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and fellowship-trained Spine Surgeon from the world renowned Mayo Clinic. He serves as medical advisor for the adult medical exhibit and the entire children’s exhibit at SAMSAT. Dr Cyr previously served 14 years on active duty in the United States Air Force where he was chief spine surgeon and consultant to the Surgeon General. Dr. Cyr is the president and founder of The Orthopedic & Spine Institute, which he started in 2006 with his wife, Le Ann.
Dr. Cyr is also the author and creator of the OsteoCorps, a team of superheroes whose adventures teach children about STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine) topics to educate and entertain. In addition to hard copy comics, digital, interactive comics, and live presentations, the OsteoCorps is being featured as the platform for the children’s exhibit at the SAMSAT.