Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center "Infusing a Love for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics" The RPSEC is a cooperative effort by the USC Aiken, local industry, and public school districts in the Central Savannah River Area.
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In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, during the month of February, we will be spotlighting #STEM pioneers who have pave...
02/05/2021

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, during the month of February, we will be spotlighting #STEM pioneers who have paved the way for future generations! Today we shine the spotlight on pioneering computer engineer Mark Dean!
For more information visit: https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/dean-mark-1957/

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, during the month of February, we will be spotlighting African-Americans who made i...
02/03/2021

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, during the month of February, we will be spotlighting African-Americans who made important contributions to science, technology, engineering, and math #STEM! Today we shine the spotlight on the the first African-American to fly in space, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Astronaut Guion Bluford!
For more information visit: https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/celebrating-guy-blufords-historic-first-flight

Congratulations! Watch the Awards Ceremony @ https://youtu.be/EdQ2DC_XbNU\#futurecity #futurecity2021 #livingonthemoonFu...
01/31/2021

Congratulations! Watch the Awards Ceremony @ https://youtu.be/EdQ2DC_XbNU
#futurecity #futurecity2021 #livingonthemoon
Future City Competition, Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, USC Aiken

Today we hosted the virtual Q&A round of the 18th Annual SC Regional Future City Competition. We are so proud of all the...
01/30/2021

Today we hosted the virtual Q&A round of the 18th Annual SC Regional Future City Competition. We are so proud of all the teams! Join us LIVE tomorrow 1/31 @2pm for the announcement of the Award Winners.
https://youtu.be/EdQ2DC_XbNU

Ruth Patrick ScienceCenter, USC Aiken

-P A L I N D R O M E-M O N T H-Palindrome- a word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backward as forward, e.g., ma...
01/21/2021

-P A L I N D R O M E-M O N T H-
Palindrome- a word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backward as forward, e.g., madam or nurses run.
Did you know that January 2021 is filled with palindrome dates?
You already enjoyed the first palindrome date on 1/2/21 and the second on 1/20/21, which could also be written in a longer palindrome as 1/20/2021. Well, the palindrome celebration in January 2021 does not end there. There are 10 consecutive days of palindromes.

1/20/21 - 12021 - 1202021
1/21/21 - 12121
1/22/21 - 12221
1/23/21 - 12321
1/24/21 - 12421
1/25/21 - 12521
1/26/21 - 12621
1/27/21 - 12721
1/28/21 - 12821
1/29/21 - 12921

If you would like to set your alarm for a particular time of day, you can extend the length of the palindrome. You could do this either in the AM or PM.

1/21/21 at 1:21:21 and at 12:1:21 become 1212112121 Or you could use 01:21:21 to become 12121012121

1/22/21 at 1:22:21 and at 12:2:21 become 1222112221 Or you could use 01:21:21 to become 12221012221

The fun, hands-on activities at this year’s @CampInvention program, Recharge, are just what children need this summer. A...
01/13/2021
Power Up for the All-New Camp Invention Program: Recharge

The fun, hands-on activities at this year’s @CampInvention program, Recharge, are just what children need this summer. At the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, we’ll be hosting this wonderful program during the week of June 21-25 for students entering grades K-6. All campers, new and returning, can now register for $40 off! Use promo code SUM40. This BIG discount expires on 3/31/21. Discover all the fun you’ll have at camp: https://youtu.be/aX4r8bQSsJA

Are you ready for Recharge? Check out the new 2021 Camp Invention® program and get excited to join your friends for a week of fully charged summer fun!Learn ...

If you haven't had a chance, remember to visit the SEED Virtual STEM Expo! Explore all of the exciting STEM content.-Ove...
01/12/2021

If you haven't had a chance, remember to visit the SEED Virtual STEM Expo! Explore all of the exciting STEM content.
-Over 35 STEM Exhibitor Pages
-Presentations
-Student-Centered STEM Resources
https://sites.google.com/view/seed2020/

Nominations are now being accepted for the STEM Educator of the Year.
01/05/2021

Nominations are now being accepted for the STEM Educator of the Year.

The STEM Educator of the Year Nomination Period is open! Today 1/4-1/15, you may nominate a teacher from your school or past education experience that excels in STEM education and curriculum. View the full eligibility rules and information at sccompetes.org/scstemeducator/ #SCTech #STEM #TransformSC

01/01/2021
Southern Piedmont Natural History
12/12/2020

Southern Piedmont Natural History

As Santa shimmies down your chimney this Christmas Eve, he might notice some of these pipe-like structures on the bricks. Organ Pipe Mud Dauber (Trypoxylon politum) nests are common in brick entryways, picnic shelters, and under bridges. This time of year, the muddy tubes are full of wasp pupae and the remains of spiders fed on by the wasp larvae.

During the summer, female Organ Pipe Mud Daubers build these unique structures from mud. Inside each tube are a series of small chambers. After building a chamber, the female wasp searches for spiders. When she finds one, she gives the spider a paralyzing sting and then carries it back to the nest. After filling a chamber with several comatose spiders, the wasp lays an egg and then seals off the chamber with mud. After hatching, the wasp larva feeds on the comatose (paralyzed but still living, like when Frodo was in Shelob’s lair in Lord of the Rings) spiders and later overwinters as a pupa within the chamber. The next summer, an adult Organ Pipe Mud Dauber emerges from the nest chamber.

Organ Pipe Mud Dauber Wasps are solitary and they have a black body with shiny, purplish wings. If you see one, have no fear. They are not aggressive and they rarely sting.

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
12/01/2020

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

- Help us infuse the love of STEM! -
Support the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. We at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center invite you to join our mission to infuse the love of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

2020 has proven to be a challenging year for nonprofits like the Science Center, and the coronavirus pandemic continues to challenge how we fund our efforts to connect our community with STEM. Your gift for Giving Tuesday helps support STEM education for everyone.

Last year we reached over 60,000 people through our student, community and educator programs. Help us continue our outreach efforts.

Make a donation @ https://sc.edu/giving/givenow/education
Be sure to search - Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

-Family Science Days- CYBER MONDAY SALE $5 OFFJoin us this Saturday 12/5 for Beginner Outdoor Hobbies: Birding 101 and G...
11/30/2020

-Family Science Days- CYBER MONDAY SALE $5 OFF
Join us this Saturday 12/5 for Beginner Outdoor Hobbies: Birding 101 and Geocaching 101

An introduction to the world of birding is guaranteed to be exciting with some words of wisdom and then a hike with a seasoned veteran of the sport. Also, a mini “GeoAdventure” at Audubon's Silver Bluff Center and Sanctuary will get you ready to spread your wings elsewhere in the sport of Geocaching!
Registration and Information: https://www.usca.edu/rpsec/events/family-science-days

Family Science Days is an all-new program for elementary and middle-level learners. Topics include biology, astronomy, environmental science, physical science, and geology.

- Help us infuse the love of STEM! -Support the Ruth Patrick Science Education CenterGiving Tuesday is a global generosi...
11/30/2020

- Help us infuse the love of STEM! -
Support the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. We at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center invite you to join our mission to infuse the love of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

2020 has proven to be a challenging year for nonprofits like the Science Center, and the coronavirus pandemic continues to challenge how we fund our efforts to connect our community with STEM. Your gift for Giving Tuesday helps support STEM education for everyone.

Last year we reached over 60,000 people through our student, community and educator programs. Help us continue our outreach efforts.

Make a donation @ https://sc.edu/giving/givenow/education
Be sure to search - Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

Savannah River Site
11/29/2020

Savannah River Site

It was 70 years ago today that the public announcement was made to build and operate the then Savannah River Plant. Thanks to all the past and present employees who continue to make the Savannah River Site what it is today. #70YearsOfService

11/26/2020
11/22/2020
USA Science & Engineering Festival
11/20/2020
USA Science & Engineering Festival

USA Science & Engineering Festival

Thank you to all of the educators who were able to attend our virtual #InspireEducators Workshops!⭐️

Weren't able to attend? No worries! You can now access the #InspireEducators Workshops on-demand! 🎬

✨Hear from our Workshop Presenters AstraZeneca US Community Connections, the U.S. Department of Defense, Discovery Education and Workshop Partners Illumina, Inc. and Thermo Fisher Scientific now on-demand!✨

https://vimeo.com/showcase/iew-2020

The RPSEC staff thanks all those who have served and who are currently serving in our United States Armed Forces. Happy ...
11/11/2020

The RPSEC staff thanks all those who have served and who are currently serving in our United States Armed Forces. Happy Veterans Day!

Attention Educators!The VIRTUAL Inspire Educators Workshops – presented by AstraZeneca, Discovery Education, and the U.S...
11/09/2020

Attention Educators!
The VIRTUAL Inspire Educators Workshops – presented by AstraZeneca, Discovery Education, and the U.S. Department of Defense, with participating workshop partners Illumina and Thermo Fisher Scientific – is a special event for educators designed to inspire and equip teachers with the most current and innovative STEM learning tools for the classroom. Industry leaders will share their STEM perspectives and resources while implementing realistic teaching models.

WHEN:
November 18 & 19, 2020
3:00 to 5:00pm ET

WHERE:
Online – a virtual event!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
K-12 educators currently teaching in a public, private, or charter/magnet school

HOW TO ATTEND:
This event is offered at no cost to educators! Advance registration is required. Sign up using the link below.

LEARN MORE:
https://usasciencefestival.org/inspire-educators/

-3 Spooky Halloween Science Experiments- Halloween isn't all about candy and spooky fun, it provides a wonderful opportu...
10/30/2020
3 Spooky Halloween Science Experiments — STEM Scouts

-3 Spooky Halloween Science Experiments-
Halloween isn't all about candy and spooky fun, it provides a wonderful opportunity for some quick and easy science experiments. In these three experiments, tinker with static electricity, density, and sound. Some adult supervision required.
https://youtu.be/Ij29lp8ElUw

Halloween isn't all about candy and spooky fun, it provides a wonderful opportunity for some quick and easy science experiments. In these three experiments, ...

-BAT WEEK 2020-You see them fluttering and chirping under street lights in neighborhoods, in backyards, and even in aban...
10/29/2020

-BAT WEEK 2020-
You see them fluttering and chirping under street lights in neighborhoods, in backyards, and even in abandoned buildings, but why are some of us afraid of bats? Believe it or not, they're not here to suck your blood, and only 1% of bats are carriers of the rabies virus. Bats are here to help us create a healthier ecosystem by helping with insect management, pollination of fruits, and the transferring of seeds.
Learn more about bats by visiting the links below. You will find activities you can do at home, and educators can find activities for groups or classrooms. #BatWeek
https://batweek.org/
https://www.nps.gov/subjects/bats/bativities.htm

🧪 Celebrated annually on October 23rd from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m., #MoleDay commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 1023)...
10/23/2020

🧪 Celebrated annually on October 23rd from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m., #MoleDay commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 1023), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry.

We are proud to partner with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions to offer the Science and Technology Enrichment Program.  W...
10/22/2020

We are proud to partner with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions to offer the Science and Technology Enrichment Program. We have enjoyed working on these virtual field trips.
#SavannahRiverSite, #USCA

For many years, #SavannahRiverSite has hosted visits from local schools as part of its Science and Technology Enrichment Program assisted by the University of South Carolina Aiken. Teachers traditionally would select an environmental topic from several options that best fit their classroom needs. Since these popular environmental field trips to the Site have been halted due to the COVID-19 virus, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC is creating a series of videos and learning resources to bring SRS ecology to the classroom. Read this #EMUpdate for more: https://www.energy.gov/em/articles/virtual-field-trips-savannah-river-site-become-reality

Family Science Days is an all-new program for elementary and middle-level learners. Topics include biology, astronomy, e...
10/20/2020

Family Science Days is an all-new program for elementary and middle-level learners. Topics include biology, astronomy, environmental science, physical science, and geology. To view programs, please visit https://www.usca.edu/rpsec/events/family-science-days

Join us this Friday (10/23) for a fall Ecohike Adventure in Hitchcock Woods.What is an urban forest? Find out during thi...
10/20/2020

Join us this Friday (10/23) for a fall Ecohike Adventure in Hitchcock Woods.

What is an urban forest? Find out during this two-hour, two-mile guided hike through Hitchcock Woods. Identify native plants, find evidence of animal life and compare forest communities.

More info and registration: https://www.usca.edu/rpsec/events/family-science-days

-Public Review of South Carolina Science Standards 2021- Link to the current draft of the South Carolina College- and Ca...
10/20/2020

-Public Review of South Carolina Science Standards 2021-

Link to the current draft of the South Carolina College- and Career- Science Standards 2021 https://ed.sc.gov/instruction/standards-learning/science/standards/south-carolina-college-and-career-ready-science-standards-2021-oct-13/

All teachers, students, school and district level leads/coaches, informal educators, and higher education representatives please use this link to provide your thoughts, reactions, and/or ideas concerning the South Carolina College- and Career- Science Standards 2021: Educator Public Review of 2021 Science Standards. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfe7zP40BNZBnpXQVgsOPqSlAiah6aRAu0cPpxeBF5vIFKiVA/viewform

All parents, community members, and business/industry please use this link to provide your thoughts, reactions and/or ideas concerning the South Carolina College- and Career- Science Standards 2021: Community Public Review of 2021 Science Standards https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd2deKKFIh20awNgn7LQL7FPcgQMlkJNkTtnjujcFTF0D15Wg/viewform

Comments will be gathered through November 29th.

The SEED Virtual STEM Expo has been extended! If you haven't yet had a chance to join us, there is still time! This exte...
10/16/2020

The SEED Virtual STEM Expo has been extended! If you haven't yet had a chance to join us, there is still time! This extension will give attendees more time to explore all of the exciting STEM content.

-Over 35 STEM Exhibitor Pages
-Presentations
-Student-Centered STEM Resources
-Trivia Scavenger Hunt (Prizes Awarded)-Deadline to enter trivia contest is 10/30/20.
https://sites.google.com/view/seed2020/

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, USC Aiken

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight -Find out more information on plastic pollution and its connection to climate, justic...
10/16/2020

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight -
Find out more information on plastic pollution and its connection to climate, justice, health, and equity by visiting the Savannah Riverkeeper exhibitor page: https://sites.google.com/view/seed2020/exhibitors

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight - Join Phinizy Center for Water Sciences educators to learn about how all things in n...
10/16/2020

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight -
Join Phinizy Center for Water Sciences educators to learn about how all things in nature are connected.
Visit the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences exhibitor page: https://sites.google.com/view/seed2020/exhibitors

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight -Learn about current sources of water pollution, how these sources bring about water ...
10/16/2020

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight -
Learn about current sources of water pollution, how these sources bring about water quality issues, and ways that these sources of pollution are being controlled.
Visit the Palmetto Pride exhibitor page:
https://sites.google.com/view/seed2020/exhibitors

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Aiken, SC
29801

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Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00

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The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center (RPSEC) is a cooperative effort by the University of South Carolina Aiken, local industry, and public school districts in the Central Savannah River Area. The purpose of this effort is to establish a permanent program for enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in the elementary, middle and high schools of the area. Its hands-on approach to teaching is designed to help people experience the beauty, the order and the power of science and mathematics, as well as the interest and fun of discovery. A visit to the RPSEC enables students, teachers and the public to experience science and mathematics in a challenging yet exciting way. The RPSEC is located on the campus of the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center 471 University Parkway Aiken, SC 29801 803-641-3313 [email protected]

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Thanks for an amazing birthday party and planetarium show this past weekend! Monica Dainer, you are so wonderful and energetic and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sharing your love of science with us!
I understand you have something planned for 6 on Sunday. Wish you would consider a 3/4/ or 5 showing on Sunday!!
Art Nook is having a Eclipse Painting Event for children. Check it out at
Check out #4 on our list of Fun Things to Do in Aiken!
Has a date for SEED 2017 been set yet?