SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology is home to some of the first-ever computers, light bulbs and communication equipment - but it does more than spotlight the past. 

"To build a place families can come and explore technology and if they have children who are intrigued by it it can be their home away from home, we have an amateur radio setup, they can get an amateur radio license, build robots, build rocket ships and so forth," said SAMSAT Founder and Chair David Monroe.

SAMSAT also partners with the local Wex Foundation to offer programs where students can build 3-D printers to create space habitats and more. 

The center is offering a free lecture series with an event on October 17 from 6-8pm, titled "From Dust to Gas: A Framework for Lunar Site Technology Development, and how to use it for Space-STEM education."

The center will grow in tandem with other development at Port San Antonio, including an innovation center.

"That innovation center's going to include not only an expanded SAMSAT but a maker space that’s open to the public and available for not only educational purposes but also startups to do research and fabricate their prototypes there," Monroe said. "What’s really exciting is we’re going to have an arena, for electronic gaming, for robot competitions, for cyber-security competitions, drone races and things like that- it’s gonna be a lot of fun."