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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Happy #TeacherAppreciationDay to the hardworking teachers across the CSRA and beyond!  This past year, educators have go...
05/04/2021

Happy #TeacherAppreciationDay to the hardworking teachers across the CSRA and beyond! This past year, educators have gone above and beyond, working tirelessly to support their students.

Please join us in thanking teachers for their dedication and commitment to the success of all children.

Happy #TeacherAppreciationDay to the hardworking teachers across the CSRA and beyond! This past year, educators have gone above and beyond, working tirelessly to support their students.

Please join us in thanking teachers for their dedication and commitment to the success of all children.

We hope you have a chance to get outside today to sit under a tree, climb a tree, hug a tree, or plant a tree. Enjoy and...
04/30/2021

We hope you have a chance to get outside today to sit under a tree, climb a tree, hug a tree, or plant a tree. Enjoy and appreciate these beautiful resources.

We hope you have a chance to get outside today to sit under a tree, climb a tree, hug a tree, or plant a tree. Enjoy and appreciate these beautiful resources.

Happy Earth Week!STEM Story Time - Earth Day Every Day (read by April Layfield)On Earth Day, we find ways to help the Ea...
04/21/2021
Earth Day Every Day (read by April Layfield)

Happy Earth Week!
STEM Story Time - Earth Day Every Day (read by April Layfield)
On Earth Day, we find ways to help the Earth. Trina plants trees with her class. She forms an Earth Day club with her friends. What can you do to make every day Earth Day? Do your part to be a planet protector! Discover how to reduce, reuse, recycle, and more with Tyler and Trina in the Planet Protectors series.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7AU6NMkgZ8

STEM Story Time - Earth Day Every Day (read by April Layfield)On Earth Day, we find ways to help the Earth. Trina plants trees with her class. She forms an E...

Happy Earth Week!  Enjoy this DIY bird feeder activity. https://youtu.be/CtY_KHD2ZWY
04/20/2021
Earth Week DIY BirdFeeder

Happy Earth Week!
Enjoy this DIY bird feeder activity.
https://youtu.be/CtY_KHD2ZWY

Earth Week DIY BirdFeederLearn to make your own pinecone bird feeder.Sponsored by: Bridgestone Environmental Education Program, Savannah River Nuclear Soluti...

04/12/2021

Congratulations to the SC Regional Future City Winners, McCracken Middle School. They were presented with the Best Age Friendly City award at the Future City Finals. The special award sponsor, AARP, was impressed with the team's thoughtful ideas about aging with independence in their lunar community. We are so proud of all of these students.
#FutureCity2021

04/06/2021
Announcing our new community STEAM program for children in the CSRA! We've partnered with the Hitchcock Woods Foundation...
03/31/2021

Announcing our new community STEAM program for children in the CSRA! We've partnered with the Hitchcock Woods Foundation, Silver Bluff Audubon Center, and the North Augusta Brick Pond Park to launch 'Through the Eyes of a Child' a new initiative that guides students through nature with an emphasis on documenting their discoveries with digital photography using a cell phone, tablet or camera. Discovery packs including a backpack, water bottle, pencil, nature guides and more can be purchased for $5 on our website. Participants will have opportunities to go on FREE guided tours at our partner locations and have a chance to "Meet the Professionals" to learn more about digital photography, nature conservation, and ecosystems. Students will have the opportunity to submit photos to be displayed at the North Augusta Arts and Heritage Center and Aiken Center for the Arts!
Program sponsors include Dr. Rose Lee Hayes, SRNS, SRP Credit Union, and Quality Printing and Graphics.

http://usca.edu/rpsec/throughtheeyes

Announcing our new community STEAM program for children in the CSRA! We've partnered with the Hitchcock Woods Foundation, Silver Bluff Audubon Center, and the North Augusta Brick Pond Park to launch 'Through the Eyes of a Child' a new initiative that guides students through nature with an emphasis on documenting their discoveries with digital photography using a cell phone, tablet or camera. Discovery packs including a backpack, water bottle, pencil, nature guides and more can be purchased for $5 on our website. Participants will have opportunities to go on FREE guided tours at our partner locations and have a chance to "Meet the Professionals" to learn more about digital photography, nature conservation, and ecosystems. Students will have the opportunity to submit photos to be displayed at the North Augusta Arts and Heritage Center and Aiken Center for the Arts!
Program sponsors include Dr. Rose Lee Hayes, SRNS, SRP Credit Union, and Quality Printing and Graphics.

http://usca.edu/rpsec/throughtheeyes

Vote Today! The McCracken Middle School Future City Team won the SC regional competition and competed nationally with ri...
03/30/2021

Vote Today!
The McCracken Middle School Future City Team won the SC regional competition and competed nationally with rigorous interviews. We are so proud of them!! They need your help with the people's choice portion of the competition. Please use the link below to vote. You can only vote once per email address, so share this link with friends and family! https://vote.futurecity.org/regional_winners/eagleton/

Vote Today!
The McCracken Middle School Future City Team won the SC regional competition and competed nationally with rigorous interviews. We are so proud of them!! They need your help with the people's choice portion of the competition. Please use the link below to vote. You can only vote once per email address, so share this link with friends and family! https://vote.futurecity.org/regional_winners/eagleton/

Anyone looking for the vaccine. See post below.
03/23/2021

Anyone looking for the vaccine. See post below.

Tomorrow, Aiken Regional Medical Centers, (ARMC) will be giving first vaccines only, to anyone 55+ years, any state employee, including anyone working for the university, and student employees, (ex: those students that are on the payroll for UofSC Aiken). The clinic will be open from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. in the Student Activities Center Gym.

Walk-in’s are accepted, but pre registration is recommended - https://www.aikenregional.com/patients-visitors/covid-19/vaccine/form

Parking Lot A will be closed effective 10 p.m. this evening and continue through tomorrow until 4:00 p.m. to allow parking for the vaccine clinic.

Watch our virtual field trip about the RPSEC sundial to find out how the shadow of the sundial will look on the first da...
03/19/2021
Virtual Field Trip - RPSEC Sundial

Watch our virtual field trip about the RPSEC sundial to find out how the shadow of the sundial will look on the first day of spring (vernal equinox) March 20th.
https://youtu.be/gW4MhVELBxY
USC Aiken, Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

Our host Dr. Gary Senn explains the two sundials located at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center.Sponsored by: Bridgestone Environmental Education Progr...

When children are introduced to relatable STEM role models at programs like Camp Invention, it can help them see how the...
03/12/2021

When children are introduced to relatable STEM role models at programs like Camp Invention, it can help them see how they too could become innovators. During Women’s History Month, sign up your young inventor for the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center Camp Invention® to help her discover awesome innovative role models among the real-world inventors who inspired the camp activities.
You can save $40 on your camp registration when you use the coupon code SUM40 through 3/31. invent.org/mylocalcamp

When children are introduced to relatable STEM role models at programs like Camp Invention, it can help them see how they too could become innovators. During Women’s History Month, sign up your young inventor for the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center Camp Invention® to help her discover awesome innovative role models among the real-world inventors who inspired the camp activities.
You can save $40 on your camp registration when you use the coupon code SUM40 through 3/31. invent.org/mylocalcamp

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, during the month of February, we will be spotlighting African-Americans who made i...
02/26/2021

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 inventor Garrett Morgan.
For more information visit: https://www.biography.com/inventor/garrett-morgan

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 inventor Garrett Morgan.
For more information visit: https://www.biography.com/inventor/garrett-morgan

It's Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day! Chat LIVE with astronaut Joan Higginbotham at noon.
02/25/2021

It's Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day! Chat LIVE with astronaut Joan Higginbotham at noon.

TODAY at 12pm ET! Join us for a special #GirlDay2021 episode of Chats with Change Makers. Tiffany will chat with Joan Higginbotham at Collins Aerospace an engineer & astronaut whose job took her out of the world! Register now: https://bit.ly/Feb2021chat #Eweek2021

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, during the month of February, we will be spotlighting African-Americans who made i...
02/25/2021

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 inventor Lewis Latimer.
For more information visit: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/inventors/latimer.htm

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 inventor Lewis Latimer.
For more information visit: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/inventors/latimer.htm

02/24/2021
DiscoverE Challenge: Slow It Down

It's Engineers Week! Celebrate #Eweek2021 with students - take the latest #DiscoverEChallenge!

Joan Higginbotham, an electrical engineer for Collins Aerospace and retired NASA astronaut, has a mission for you. Take the "Slow It Down" engineering challe...

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, during the month of February, we will be spotlighting African-Americans who made i...
02/24/2021

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 astronaut Mae C. Jemison.
For more information visit: https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/mae-jemison-first-african-american-woman-in-space

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 astronaut Mae C. Jemison.
For more information visit: https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/mae-jemison-first-african-american-woman-in-space

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, during the month of February, we will be spotlighting African-Americans who made i...
02/23/2021

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 physicist Shirley Jackson.
For more information visit: https://www.black-inventor.com/dr-shirley-jackson

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 physicist Shirley Jackson.
For more information visit: https://www.black-inventor.com/dr-shirley-jackson

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, we are proud to shine a spotlight on African-Americans who made important contribu...
02/22/2021

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, we are proud to shine a spotlight on African-Americans who made important contributions to science, technology, engineering, and math #STEM!
Visit our STEM Spotlight page for more information.
https://sites.google.com/view/stemspotlight/black-history-spotlights

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, we are proud to shine a spotlight on African-Americans who made important contributions to science, technology, engineering, and math #STEM!
Visit our STEM Spotlight page for more information.
https://sites.google.com/view/stemspotlight/black-history-spotlights

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, during the month of February, we will be spotlighting African-Americans who made i...
02/22/2021

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 climate scientist Warren Washington.
For more information visit: https://www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/warren-morton-washington-41

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 climate scientist Warren Washington.
For more information visit: https://www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/warren-morton-washington-41

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, during the month of February, we will be spotlighting African-Americans who made i...
02/19/2021

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 nuclear scientist, mechanical engineer and mathematician Jesse Ernest Wilkins Jr.
For more information visit: https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/wilkins-jr-j-ernest-1923/

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 nuclear scientist, mechanical engineer and mathematician Jesse Ernest Wilkins Jr.
For more information visit: https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/wilkins-jr-j-ernest-1923/

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, during the month of February, we will be spotlighting African-Americans who made i...
02/18/2021

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 agricultural scientist and inventor, George Washington Carver.
For more information visit: http://www.myblackhistory.net/George_Washington_Carver.htm

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 agricultural scientist and inventor, George Washington Carver.
For more information visit: http://www.myblackhistory.net/George_Washington_Carver.htm

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, during the month of February, we will be spotlighting African-Americans who made i...
02/17/2021

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 scientist, Kizzmekia Corbett.
For more information visit: https://abcnews.go.com/Health/kizzmekia-corbett-african-american-woman-praised-key-scientist/story?id=74679965

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 scientist, Kizzmekia Corbett.
For more information visit: https://abcnews.go.com/Health/kizzmekia-corbett-african-american-woman-praised-key-scientist/story?id=74679965

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Aiken, SC
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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!!
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Check out #4 on our list of Fun Things to Do in Aiken!
Has a date for SEED 2017 been set yet?