SEED Celebrates More than Three Decades of STEM Innovations

October 05, 2016

The 31st annual SEED – Science Education Enrichment Day – on Oct. 1, was a “huge success,” with more than 3,600 attendees and more than 65 hands-on exhibits and activities, spread out all over the University of South Carolina Aiken campus. 

Interactive STEM-related activities included demonstrations of technologies and intriguing science including robotics, nuclear power, urban agriculture,  and biodiversity.  In addition, the Archaeological Society of SC held its Fall Field Day in conjunction with SEED.  Engaging exhibitors included the U.S. Army, WJBF Meteorology Team, the American Chemical Society, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, and SCETV’s Smart Cat, just to name a few.

Generous sponsors made it possible for regional elementary, middle and high school students to explore, discover and imagine.  Some activities included making slime, planting a garden in a glove, exploring the great American solar eclipse, cracking geodes, making paper, driving a championship robot, meeting a TV meteorologist, and traveling through a virtual representation of outer space.

"Student groups, regional corporations, museums, government agencies, educators, and national labs joined forces to present hands-on activities for people of all ages," said John Hutchens, director of special programs for the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, who sent a hearty "thank you" to the Army of volunteers, sponsors, and exhibitors right after the event.

USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to more than 3,500 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges." The 2017 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 19th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 12th time in first place.