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The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center is excited to present the all new Family Science Days offering enriching science opportunities for families with elementary and middle level learners in biology, astronomy, environmental science, physical science, geology and more!

Excellent for homeschool families and families looking for something to do on the Fridays of the hybrid school schedule.

When

October-December - Various Friday and Saturday Dates (see schedule below)

Time

9:30-11:30am

Cost

$25 per “family” unit up to 3 people (add up to 2 additional people at $5 each). Maximum of 5 in a “family” unit.

All “family” units must include 1 adult.

Locations

May include:

  • Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
  • Dupont Planetarium
  • Audubon’s Silver Bluff Center
  • Bridgestone

Registration

Registration closes 48 hours prior to the event.

Register Online for Family Science Days

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

  • Attendance is limited to a small number of “family” units
  • Masks are required to be worn at all times unless instructed otherwise
  • Reduced interaction and social distancing between “family” units
  • Increased sanitization of materials, facilities and participants
  • Health Screening before each program:
    • Have you or any of the children in your “family” unit had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has any health department or health care provider been in contact with you and advised you to quarantine?
    • Do you or do any of the children in your “family” unit have any of these symptoms? (Fever of 100.4°F, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new cough, new loss of taste or smell)
    • Since they were last at RPSEC, have you or any of the children in your “family” unit been diagnosed with COVID-19?

Event Schedule

Date  Location Description  Ages 
FRIDAY, 10/9/20 Ruth Patrick Science Education Center Star Light Star Bright

Explore the stars you can see from your own backyard. Investigate our closest star the Sun. Does it move? What makes a shadow and how do shadows change over time?

  • Includes indoor classroom and planetarium program.
5yo - 7yo 
SATURDAY,  10/17/20 Ruth Patrick Science Education Center Wet and Wild

Students will investigate the wonderful world of water through macro-invertebrate collection at a local pond. In addition  students will take a scavenger hunt around the Nuthatch Trail (¾ mile) to look for answers to important questions in nature.

  • This program is conducted outdoors.
8yo+ 
FRIDAY, 10/23/20 Hitchcock Woods

Fall Ecohike Adventures

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.

  • This program is conducted outdoors.
7yo+
FRIDAY, 10/30/20 Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

Mission Possible: Wonders of Diversity

Immerse yourself in the diversity of the wonders in your own backyard and in space!

Become detectives, to figure out the species of animals in your own backyard while also setting out on a space mission. This is a wonderful journey of adventure and learning.

  • Includes a classroom and planetarium program.
  • Portions of this program are conducted outdoors.
8yo - 12yo
FRIDAY, 11/6/20 Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

Curious Creatures

Explore cold- and warm-blooded creatures native to our area. Interact with live owls, snakes, amphibians, insects while exploring the characteristics of each.

  • Includes indoor classroom programs.
5yo - 12yo
SATURDAY,  11/14/20 Silver Bluff Audubon Center

Adaptations and Habitats

Live and Taxidermy animals will be closely observed to determine their adaptations for survival in our local habitat.  In addition, two forest types will be assessed to determine which is better suited for local, threatened/endangered species.

  • This program is conducted outdoors.
8yo+
FRIDAY, 11/20/20

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

 

MASSive Minerals

Learn how to identify common minerals like malachite, amethyst, mica, pyrite, kaolin and copper on the basis of their properties using a field guide while also investigating measurement concepts of volume, weight and mass.

Sponsored in part by W.R. Grace Foundation.

  • Includes indoor classroom programs.
8yo - 12yo
SATURDAY,  12/5/20 Silver Bluff Audubon Center

Beginner Outdoor Hobbies: Birding101/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 SBA will get you ready to spread your wings elsewhere in the sport of Geocaching!

  • This program is conducted outdoors.
8yo+
FRIDAY, 12/11/20 Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

Grossology
Investigate body systems. We will investigate what makes our body gross, yucky but oh so cool! Take a look inside and outside our bodily functions and even carry home your very own boogers!

  • Includes indoor classroom and planetarium program.
5yo+

"Super Blood Flower Moon"

Total Lunar Eclipse May 15-16, 2022

Free Viewing session at the RPSEC from 10:25 PM - 12:30 AM

LunarMrEclipse

The DuPont Planetarium at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center on the campus of the University of South Carolina Aiken will be hosting a FREE lunar eclipse viewing on May 15, 2022. We will begin setting up for the event at about 10:00 PM and will stay at least through the early stages of the maximum eclipse at about 12:30 AM.

Why has it been named the "Super Blood Flower Moon?"

  • Super: A "Super" moon is the name given when a full moon occurs near the time when the Moon is at its closest distance from Earth. The Moon orbits the Earth about once per month. The orbit is not a circle but an ellipse. Therefore, there is a point when the moon is closest to the Earth (perigee) and a point when it is furthest from the Earth (apogee). Perigee is at 11:24 AM EDT on 5/17/22. That is less than 37 hours after the maximum eclipse, so this qualifies as a "Super Full Moon."
  • Blood: A blood moon is a term often used to describe a lunar eclipse. During a lunar eclipse, the moon turns a reddish color. Some ancient peoples thought that the reddish color gave the moon a "bloody" appearance. The color is caused by sunlight passing through and bouncing off the Earth's atmosphere. The atmosphere scatters the shorter wavelengths and only the longer reddish wavelengths pass through. These wavelengths "bounce" off the atmosphere and some of them reach the surface of the Moon. We see the red light reflecting back to Earth showing the "blood" moon.
  • Flower: There is usually one full moon during each month of the year. The full moon for each month has been given a name, and May's full moon is known as the "Flower Moon." Here are the names of the full moons. January - Wolf Moon, February - Snow Moon, March - Worm Moon, April - Pink Moon, May - Flower Moon, June - Strawberry Moon, July - Buck Moon, August - Sturgeon Moon, September or October - Harvest Moon, September - Full Corn Moon, October - Hunter's Moon, November - Beaver Moon, December - Cold Moon.

You may watch the "Super Blood Flower Moon" from anywhere that you have a view of the Moon. We will have telescopes available for you if you are interested in visiting us at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center.

Partial Eclipse begins May 15 at 10:27 pm
Full Eclipse begins May 15 at 11:29 pm
Maximum Eclipse May 16 at 12:11 am
Full Eclipse ends May 16 at 12:53 am
Partial Eclipse ends May 16 at 1:55 am

 

Links to "Super Blood Flower Moon" information

Photos from the event

  • Super Blood Flower Moon
    Image taken by Jim Cadieux using a 5.5” refractor telescope
  • Super Blood Flower Moon Wide
  • Super Blood Flower Moon Wide Sundial

Shows for September 2022 – August 2023

Dates

Show Names

Show Times

2022

September 3, 10, 17, 24 

Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Seven Wonders

To the Moon and Beyond

7:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

9:00 p.m.

October 8, 15, 22, 29

In My Backyard

Defying Gravity

Two Small Pieces of Glass

7:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

9:00 p.m.

November 5, 12, 19, 26

Grossology and You

Cosmic Colors

Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

6:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

December 3, 10, 13, 17, 20, 27

Mystery of the Christmas Star

6:00, 7:00, 8:00 p.m.

2023

January 7, 14, 21, 28

Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Ancient Sky Lore

Seven Wonders

6:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

February 4, 11, 18, 25

Habitat Earth

To the Moon and Beyond

Digistar Special Effects Extravaganza

6:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

March 4, 11, 18, 25

Big Bird's Adventure: One World, One Sky

Engineering the International Space Station

Sunstruck

6:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

April 1, 8, 15, 22

In My Backyard

Defying Gravity

Two Small Pieces of Glass

7:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

9:00 p.m.

April 29

Earth and Sky Night

Astronomy Day

Seven Wonders

Ancient Sky Lore

To the Moon and Beyond

Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

7:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

9:00 p.m.

10:00 p.m.

May 6, 13, 20, 27

Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Seven Wonders

To the Moon and Beyond

7:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

9:00 p.m.

June 3, 10, 17, 24

Grossology and You

Cosmic Colors

Digistar Special Effects Extravaganza

7:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

9:00 p.m.

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Habitat Earth

Ancient Sky Lore

Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

7:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

9:00 p.m.

August 5, 12, 19, 26

Big Bird's Adventure: One World, One Sky

Engineering the International Space Station

Sunstruck

7:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

9:00 p.m.

  Summer Skies: Friday Family Fun Days  

June 9, July 7

Big Bird's Adventure: One World, One Sky

Grossology and You

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

June 16, July 14

In My Backyard

Habitat Earth

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

June 30, July 21

Magic Tree House: Space Mission

To the Moon and Beyond

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

 

Special Events

 

October 1

Science Education Enrichment Day (SEED)

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

April 29

Family Earth & Sky Night and National Astronomy Day

6:30 - 11:00 p.m.

View PDF Planetarium Calendar

"Election Day Beaver Blood Moon"

Total Lunar Eclipse November 8, 2022

The First Ever Lunar Eclipse on a U.S. Election Day

Free Viewing session at the RPSEC from 4:30 AM - 7:00 AM

LunarMrEclipse

The DuPont Planetarium at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center on the campus of the University of South Carolina Aiken will be hosting a FREE lunar eclipse viewing on November 8, 2022 from approximately 4:30 AM - 6:30 AM.

Why has it been named the "Election Day Beaver Blood Moon?"

  • Election Day: The eclipse is on election day 2022. It will be Nov. 8, 2394 before there will be another lunar eclipse on election day.Blood: A blood moon is a term often used to describe a lunar eclipse. During a lunar eclipse, the moon turns a reddish color. Some ancient peoples thought that the reddish color gave the moon a "bloody" appearance. The color is caused by sunlight passing through and bouncing off the Earth's atmosphere. The atmosphere scatters the shorter wavelengths and only the longer reddish wavelengths pass through. These wavelengths "bounce" off the atmosphere and some of them reach the surface of the Moon. We see the red light reflecting back to Earth showing the "blood" moon.
  • Beaver: There is usually one full moon during each month of the year. The full moon for each month has been given a name, and November's full moon is known as the "Beaver Moon." Here are the names of the full moons. January - Wolf Moon, February - Snow Moon, March - Worm Moon, April - Pink Moon, May - Flower Moon, June - Strawberry Moon, July - Buck Moon, August - Sturgeon Moon, September or October - Harvest Moon, September - Full Corn Moon, October - Hunter's Moon, November - Beaver Moon, December - Cold Moon.

You may watch the "Election Day Beaver Blood Moon" from anywhere that you have a view of the Moon. We will have telescopes available for you if you are interested in visiting us at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center.

Partial Eclipse begins 4:09 am
Full Eclipse begins 5:16 am
Maximum Eclipse 5:59 am
Full Eclipse ends 6:41 am
Moon Set - End of visibility in Aiken 6:58 am
Partial Eclipse ends 7:49 am

 

Links to "Super Blood Flower Moon" information

FOSS Modules

What is FOSS? The Full Option Science System (FOSS) is a carefully planned and coordinated science curriculum. Each FOSS module contains a teacher's guide with activity folios. There is also a teacher preparation video included in each module that explains each experiment in depth. The FOSS modules are divided by grade level and by scientific area and are designed to promote certain thought processes.

FOSS Goals

Scientific Literacy--to provide all students with science experiences that 1) are appropriate to their cognitive stages of development and 2) serve as a foundation for more advanced ideas that prepare them for life in an increasingly complex scientific and technological world.

Instructional Efficiency--to provide all teachers with a complete, flexible, easy-to-use science program that reflects current research on learning and the latest instructional methodologies.

Grade Level
Life Science
Physical Science
Earth Science
Scientific Reasoning and Technology
THINKING PROCESSES
Grades
5 and 6
Environments
Levers and Pulleys
Landforms
Models and Designs
Food and Nutrition
Mixtures and Solutions
Solar Energy
Variables
RELATING Organizing, Comparing, Communicating, Observing
Grade Level
Life Science
Physical Science
Earth Science
Scientific Reasoning and Technology
THINKING PROCESSES
Grades
3 and 4
Human Body
Magnetism and Electricity
Earth Materials
Ideas and Inventions
Structures of Life
Physics of Sound
Water
Measurement
ADVANCED ORGANIZING Comparing, Communicating, Observing
Grade Level
Life Science
Physical Science
Earth Science
THINKING PROCESSES
Grades
1 and 2
Insects
Balance and Motion
Air and Weather
New Plants
Solids and Liquids
Pebbles, Sand, and Silt
BEGINNING ORGANIZING Comparing, Communicating, Observing
Grade Level
Life Science
Physical Science
THINKING PROCESSES
K
Kindergarten
Animals Two by Two
Fabric
Wood
Trees
Paper
COMPARING Communicating, Observing

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