Total Lunar Eclipse May 15-16, 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 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..
Come join us at the Ruth Patrick Science Center (RPSEC) at the University of South Carolina Aiken for a fun filled evening as we celebrate Family Earth and Sky Night. Events include planetarium shows, hands-on activities, night-sky viewing, and viewing utilizing the Bechtel Telescope.
Are you looking for something to do with the kids this summer? Join us for special daytime showings of your favorite planetarium shows.
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!
Ruth Patrick Science Education Center Open
We are happy to report that the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center is open. We are taking care to follow best practices in addressing COVID-19 concerns. We are planning schedules for student programs throughout the 2020-21 academic year.
In recognition that schools might not be able to transport students to us, we are making alternative plans to engage students in our programs. We will contact teachers who submitted program requests as we are working on scheduling over the summer.
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.
Virtual Field Trips
We Thank Our Program Sponsors!