On April 5, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will officially present the Jason Project Command Console gift to the San Antonio Public Library and the City of San Antonio. In 2010, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce through conversations with Oceanographer Dr. Bob Ballard, purchased the $45,000 command console to allow local students the opportunity to watch in real time underwater explorations conducted by Dr. Ballard. Through the use of web cams, students are able to communicate directly with Dr. Ballard aboard his ship, the Nautilus. Currently, San Antonio is the only city in Texas to have a command console and there are only 17 command consoles in the United States. Also, the Chamber became the chamber to purchase and donate a command console to its community.
On Saturday, April 7, the San Antonio Public Library and the Chamber will host a public open house to introduce the community to the command console.
The purchase of this educational tool is the third installment of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s commitment to producing our future workforce and further enhancing the science learning experience of our local students. The first initiative was the creation of the Microsociety Adamsville at Adams Elementary in the Harlandale School District followed by the city’s first and largest CORE4 STEM Expo.