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.

BEEP is a cooperative effort between USC Aiken/Ruth Patrick Science Center and both Bridgestone Sites in Graniteville.

The purpose of this effort is to enhance the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills of students in grades K-7. The elementary and middle school programs offer hands-on experiences in a stimulating environmental setting. Implementing these programs, at both Bridgestone sites, encourages students and teachers to experience science and mathematics in exciting yet challenging ways.

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Program Offerings

South Carolina


Planning Your BEEP Visit

Frequently Asked Questions & Field Trip Checklist

Pre- and Post-Visit Activities


How do I get to the Bridgestone PSR/LTR Plant?

  • The GPS address is 1 Bridgestone Parkway, Graniteville, SC. Going North on Bettis Academy Rd., it is on the left about a mile past I-20.

  • Go to the Shipping Entrance if you are traveling by bus. Go to the Main Entrance if you are traveling by car. At the gate, tell them you are there for a BEEP program at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC). Someone will lead you there.

How do I get to the Bridgestone OFF Road Plant (ORR)?

  • The GPS address is 7777 Giant Tire Parkway, Trenton, SC. Going North on Bettis Academy Rd., you will turn right at the Sage Mill sign about ¾ mile past I-20. Follow the road around until you see another Bridgestone sign on the right. Turn right onto that road and proceed to the gate.

  • At the gate, tell them you are there for a BEEP program. Continue through until the road curves, almost at the Plant. Someone will meet you at the curve in the road. Students will disembark here; cars/buses will continue around to the parking lot.