Total Lunar Eclipse November 8, 2022
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.
Are you looking for something to do with the kids this summer? Join us for special daytime showings of your favorite planetarium shows.
Returning in 2023, 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!
Parents’ Night Out is a chance for parents to take a break while their kids have a blast with our educators. While you enjoy a night out, your mad little scientists will enjoy hours of fun-filled holiday themed activities. The program is open to children ages 6-12, and the evening includes hands-on science experiments, science-related crafts, exploration of the Science Center, as well as a pizza dinner and full dome planetarium show.
Celebrating 30 years of infusing a love for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center (RPSEC) is a cooperative effort between the University of South Carolina Aiken, business, industry, the South Carolina Department of Education, and schools in the Central Savannah River Area of South Carolina and Georgia.
Its programs challenge the present and inspire the future to effect systemic change in science, mathematics, technology, and environmental education. 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.
In order to promote lifelong learning and empower individuals to make informed decisions, the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center uses innovative methods to influence the quality of science and mathematics education, models effective instruction, and enhances students' and teachers' knowledge.
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