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Drew Hilton checks the movement sequence his team has programmed for their robot while teammate Lucas Gueldner watches from their workstation at KidTech Robotics LEGO® Robotics Summer Camp. More photos on page 4. DAILY RECORD PHOTOS BY DENISE CATHEY 

For the Mission to Mars week at the KidTech Robotics LEGO® Robotics Camp, one task students had to complete was to program their robot to pick up a specific mission commander from the moon to help plan their mission to Mars.


Emitt Cowan works at adjusting his programming in LEGO® MINDSTORMS® for his robot to complete one of the Mission to Mars tasks with Emiliano Rodriguez. 


J. Vargas and his teammate Chase Martinez work on constructing a three-prong for their robot to complete a task for the Mission to Mars themed week at KidTech Robotics LEGO® Robotics Summer Camp.


‘Restaurant row’ now closer

Tara Pohlmeyer - Staff Reporter

The number of alcohol-serving restaurants in and around downtown San Marcos could be increasing by more than expected after Tuesday night’s city council meeting. 

The council voted to increase the number of restaurant, or restricted conditional use permits (CUPs) in the central business area from 15 to 25, after the planning and zoning commission voted to change the amendment to 20 on June 28. These restaurants must serve food for two meals per day when open, among other requirements. 

Council approves mermaid design

Tara Pohlmeyer - Staff Reporter

In the next year, residents and tourists will be able to see mermaids lining the streets of San Marcos. 

Not unlike the guitars around Austin and the boots of Wimberley, the San Marcos Arts Commission has been working for years to finally see their “Mermaid March” around the town. On Tuesday night, city council approved the base design that will be used for the sculptures. 

“It’s important to know that the same mermaid will be used forever,” Clay DeStefano, Arts Commission member, said. 

Mermaid series starts Sunday

Lori Steindorf - Features Editor

 Mermaid Society SMTX is making a splash as the city eagerly prepares for Mermaid Week SMTX in mid-September. 

Mermaid Week SMTX’s July Moreno encourages the community to “Get Their Mermaid On!” for the launch of the San Marcos River-inspired movement designed to bolster prosperity and preserve San Marcos’ treasured past.

Radiating inner and outer beauty, the mermaid is inclusive of all that’s exclusive to San Marcos.

She is an alluring siren that embodies the qualities that distinguish this pristine yet progressive city.

Getting ready for first TEDx talk

Denise Cervantes - Special to the Record

Texas State University is preparing to host its first TEDx talk this upcoming fall, Nov. 5 in the Performing Arts Center 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

TEDxTexasStateUniversity is an independently organized event that will use live speakers to bring the San Marcos community a TED-like experience.

Seth Frei, communications lecturer and TEDx organizer, said TEDx is an opportunity for communities, universities, and cities to put on TED-type events.


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