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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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/

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

Join us at 1pm for STEM ExplorersNASCAR STEM Meets the RoadJoin Us LIVE-10/16 @ 1pmhttps://tinyurl.com/NascarVSESTEM mee...
10/16/2020

Join us at 1pm for STEM Explorers
NASCAR STEM Meets the Road
Join Us LIVE-10/16 @ 1pm
https://tinyurl.com/NascarVSE
STEM meets Racing. Let's experiment together. NASCAR is a great way to apply what you are learning in school and how the "rubber" meets the road.
Whether you are at home, on the road, or in the classroom, discover how NASCAR can bring learning to real-world applications. Using commonly found materials, students can apply STREAM and STEM in action, collecting data, use the engineering process, and applied math skills. Each race, NASCAR, provides a wealth of available information that interlinks all grade levels to applied learning. We will demonstrate these techniques LIVE.

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight - Did you know that one side of the Moon is always facing Earth, but since we have ci...
10/16/2020

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight -
Did you know that one side of the Moon is always facing Earth, but since we have circled and photoed the Moon, we can compare and contrast both sides of the Moon.
Visit the exhibitor page for the Astronomy Club of Augusta for more information: https://sites.google.com/view/seed2020/exhibitors

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight -The American Chemical Society (ACS) was established in 1876 and today is the world’s...
10/16/2020

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight -
The American Chemical Society (ACS) was established in 1876 and today is the world’s largest scientific society with a membership of nearly 157,000 chemists and chemical engineers.
Check out the American Chemical Society - Savannah River Section exhibitor page for some chemistry at home activities: https://sites.google.com/view/seed2020/exhibitors

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight -Aiken Elementary is a certified South Carolina Green Steps school! Each year, they w...
10/16/2020

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight -
Aiken Elementary is a certified South Carolina Green Steps school! Each year, they work on six projects that focus on conserving, protecting, and restoring our environment.
Find out more by visiting the Aiken County Elementary School exhibitor page: https://sites.google.com/view/seed2020/exhibitors

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight -Stormwater is an exciting, nature based career that gives professionals the opportun...
10/16/2020

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight -
Stormwater is an exciting, nature based career that gives professionals the opportunity to develop engineering, chemistry, biology, and plan review skills on a daily basis!
Find out more by visiting the Aiken County Stormwater Division exhibitor page: https://sites.google.com/view/seed2020/exhibitors

STEM ExplorersWhat's in Your Watershed?Join us LIVE-Fridayhttps://tinyurl.com/AdoptWatershed10/16 @ 10amThe SEED Virtual...
10/16/2020

STEM Explorers
What's in Your Watershed?
Join us LIVE-Friday
https://tinyurl.com/AdoptWatershed

10/16 @ 10am
The SEED Virtual STEM Expo and SC Adopt-a-Stream Presents: Becoming a Volunteer Water Quality monitor by learning "what's in your watershed."

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - HighlightSavannah River Archaeological Research Program Coordinator Jessica Phillips uses an ev...
10/16/2020

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight
Savannah River Archaeological Research Program Coordinator Jessica Phillips uses an everyday penny to discuss how archaeologists analyze artifacts.
Visit the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program exhibitor page:
https://sites.google.com/view/seed2020/exhibitors

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - HighlightUSCA Student Nurses Association (SNA) demonstrates Hands-Only CPR and the Heimlich Man...
10/15/2020

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight
USCA Student Nurses Association (SNA) demonstrates Hands-Only CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver to help empower everyone to take action during an emergency situation.
Visit the SNA exhibitor page: https://sites.google.com/view/seed2020/exhibitors

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - HighlightPlay the "Let’s Get Radioactive" Jeopardy Game sponsored by the SRS Women in Nuclear (...
10/15/2020

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight
Play the "Let’s Get Radioactive" Jeopardy Game sponsored by the SRS Women in Nuclear (SRS-WIN).
Visit the SRS-WIN exhibitor page: Let’s Get Radioactive!” Jeopardy Game

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - HighlightNight Skies Over Beaufort County, a collaboration between the LowCountry Institute and...
10/15/2020

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight
Night Skies Over Beaufort County, a collaboration between the LowCountry Institute and the Beaufort County Channel, uses short videos with hands-on demonstrations to illustrate various astronomy topics.
Visit the LowCountry Institute exhibitor page: https://sites.google.com/view/seed2020/exhibitors

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - HighlightThe Energy Office, housed within the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff, serves...
10/15/2020

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight
The Energy Office, housed within the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff, serves as the principal energy planning entity for the state. The mission of the Energy Office is to advance South Carolina’s energy strategy and policy through education and outreach.
Learn more by visiting the South Carolina Energy Office exhibitor page: https://sites.google.com/view/seed2020/exhibitors

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - HighlightSC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Learn more about the scientific field of ar...
10/15/2020

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight
SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR)
Learn more about the scientific field of archaeology, aquatic education and diversity initiatives by visiting the SCDNR exhibitor pages: https://sites.google.com/view/seed2020/exhibitors

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - HighlightNASCAR Hall of Fame SPARK! Education program provides opportunity for you to experimen...
10/15/2020

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight
NASCAR Hall of Fame SPARK! Education program provides opportunity for you to experiment at home or in the classroom and discover how NASCAR utilizes everything you are learning to enable the teams, tracks media to keep the tires on the race car by using STEM every day - all day.
Visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame exhibitor page: https://sites.google.com/view/seed2020/exhibitors

Join Hobcaw Barony for a carnivorous plant encounter. Use your powers of observation to learn about a carnivorous plant’...
10/15/2020

Join Hobcaw Barony for a carnivorous plant encounter. Use your powers of observation to learn about a carnivorous plant’s unique adaptation to its environment.
Learn more by visiting the Hobcaw Barony exhibitor page: https://sites.google.com/view/seed2020/exhibitors

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - HighlightGrowing Minds Project is a  non-profit organization founded in 2015 with a mission to ...
10/15/2020

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight
Growing Minds Project is a non-profit organization founded in 2015 with a mission to educate and empower individuals to grow their own healthy food.
Visit the Growing Minds exhibitor page: https://sites.google.com/view/seed2020/exhibitors

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - HighlightJoin the Aiken Center for Alcohol & Other Drug Services Prevention Team to learn about...
10/15/2020

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight
Join the Aiken Center for Alcohol & Other Drug Services Prevention Team to learn about the harmful chemicals found in tobacco products.
Visit the Aiken Center for Alcohol & Other Drug Services exhibitor page: https://sites.google.com/view/seed2020/exhibitors

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - HighlightCNTA serves to educate the public by providing objective information on the value of n...
10/15/2020

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight
CNTA serves to educate the public by providing objective information on the value of nuclear technology with respect to our health, economy, environment, and national security.
Visit the CNTA exhibitor page: https://sites.google.com/view/seed2020/exhibitors

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - HighlightWelding is a way of heating pieces of metal using electricity or a flame so that they ...
10/15/2020

SEED Virtual STEM Expo - Highlight
Welding is a way of heating pieces of metal using electricity or a flame so that they melt and stick together.
Find out more by visiting the Aiken Technical College 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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(803) 641-3313

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Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

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?