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@ USC Aiken

471 University Parkway

Spring 2017 In This Issue:

Student Programs Pages 1-3 Call for Nominations Page 4 DuPont Planetarium Page 5 Summer Camps and Programs Page 6-7 Friends of the RPSEC Page 8 Adoption Opportunities

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Earth and Sky Night Page 11 Future City Science Fair

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Nuclear Science Week Page 14-15 Professional Development Page 16-18 Solar Eclipse S.E.E.D and Masters Degree

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Aiken, SC 29801 . 803-641-3313

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http://rpsec.usca.edu/

STUDENT PROGRAMS 2017-2018 The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center’s K-12 Student Programs offerings for 2017-2018 will be posted online on April 17, 2017. Teachers will be able to select from over 50 different hands-on, inquiry based classroom programs aligned to state standards. We recommend that teachers coordinate field trips with their grade level, and combine 2 or 3 programs in one visit. A teacher may bring up to 60 students for a “double” group or up to 90 students for a “triple” group. More information about bringing large groups can be found here: http://rpsec.usca.edu/student/planningyourvisit.html/. Teachers may download program descriptions, standards correlations, reservation request forms, and more at http://rpsec.usca.edu/student/. Reservation requests may also be submitted online. Printed program flyers will be mailed only to those teachers who have reserved programs in the last three years as well as area schools. Request forms can be found on our website and mailed to the RPSEC or faxed to (803) 641-3615. Teachers may request up to 4 programs for the school year but, pending funding, this number may be reduced– so please prioritize your requests. Last year we received many more requests than we were able to serve. We will schedule teachers’ requests, subject to availability, in the order specified on the reservation request form. The deadline to submit reservation requests is Friday, June 2, 2017 at 5:00 PM. Due to the volume of anticipated requests; it is highly unlikely that late requests will be filled. Requests received after June 2nd will be placed on a waiting list. Thank you for your understanding.

2017 - 2018 STUDENT PROGRAMS TIMELINE

Friday, June 9th Deadline to submit Student Programs Requests for 2017-2018. Confirmation contract letters will be mailed to teachers’ home addresses no later than July 28th. Friday, August 25th Deadline to return signed Confirmation Contract Letters to the RPSEC. Tuesday, August 29th All unconfirmed 2017-2018 student programs will be cancelled and filled from the wait list. Wednesday, September 6th RPSEC Student Programs classes begin.


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HOME SCHOOL MONDAYS 2018

The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center is continuously working to update current Discovery and Planetarium Programs along with developing new offerings to best serve our students and teachers. Check out our updates for the 2017-2018 school year! NEW! Planetarium Shows (ALL GRADES) The RPSEC has a planetarium upgrade in the works for the 2017-2018 school year! We are very excited to revamp our equipment and have the opportunity to offer many brand new planetarium programs. We are still in the process of selecting shows but will be posting our new offerings in our upcoming student programs information this April. NEW! Energy Transformations (Grade 6 • 60 minutes) Students will build and power circuits using different energy sources such as chemical, mechanical and thermal. Explore the benefits of solar panels and learn how clean energy is the way of the future! Program sponsored by SCANA.

The RPSEC will be offering a series of monthly programs for home school students in the spring of 2018. The programs will be held on a selected Monday afternoon from January through May. Different programs will be offered each year with a 3-year rotation cycle. Reservation request forms will be available online by September 2017, and will also be mailed to families who signed up for Home School Mondays 2017.

NEW! Radioecology: (Grades 7,8 & High School • 60 minutes) Learn what happens when radionuclides and ecosystems meet with the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) scientists. The SREL has the only radio ecology undergraduate education program in the world. Challenge the myths and learn the facts about radio ecology from research conducted at the SRS in Aiken, South Carolina, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Russia, and the Fukushima Daiichi accident in Japan. *Taught at RPSEC by the SREL scientists

• One Monday per month, each child will attend (2) one-hour, back-to-back science or math programs at the RPSEC. • Over the course of the spring semester, each child will attend a total of 10 programs. • The children should arrive at 1:00pm. The programs will begin at 1:15 and end at 3:30 PM. • The two programs for the younger students (Grades 5K-3) will be held at the same time as the two programs for the older students (Grades 4-8). • Please note that children under the age of 4 are not permitted to attend any student programs (planetarium or classroom programs) at the RPSEC.

UPDATED! Dark Shadows (Grades 4,8 & Highschool • 60 minutes) Join us in this newly updated planetarium show as we learn about moon phases and eclipses. Handson activities in combination with stunning images and video will explain the moon’s path across our sky as well as explain both solar and lunar eclipses.

The cost is $45 per student for the Home School Mondays 2018 series, provided the student is registered and pre-paid by the listed deadline. After the registration deadline, an additional fee of $15 per student will be charged, and we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate late requests.


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Your Next Year's School Field Trip is only a STEP away!

Teachers will be able to select from a variety of exciting hands-on inquiry-based programs that are grade specific and aligned to state standards. Programs include soil studies, wildlife adventures, plant explorations, pond investigations, and much more! A STEP visit includes 3 one-hour activities all addressing the chosen program topic: lab study, field study and a hike (unless otherwise stated) with a half hour for a picnic lunch. A typical schedule is 9:15 AM – 1 PM. Shorter visits can be accommodated. Hear what some teachers have been saying about their STEP Field Trip this year: an Aiken Elementary teacher said, ”My students loved all the hands on experiences that were provided. All instructors were great and explained things at their level.” A teacher from Millbrook said: “Today was informative and hands-on with very knowledgeable presenters.” A teacher from Mossy Creek said: “Perfectly aligned with standards. Very hands-on, kids loved digging, looking at soil, and nature hike.” A teacher from North Augusta Middle said: “Great day. Kids enjoyed activities and hands on science!” The Science and Technology Enrichment Program (STEP) is a cooperative effort between Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Silver Bluff Audubon Center, and the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center. Two field trip locations for STEP include the Savannah River Site and the Silver Bluff Audubon Center. Both sites have indoor classrooms, beautiful forests with miles of trails, lovely ponds and a variety of resident wildlife. Program offerings for 2017-2018 will be posted online on April 15, 2017. For program information and a STEP reservation request form, please visit the STEP website at: http:// rpsec.usca.edu/step/. Reservation requests may be submitted online, mailed to the RPSEC or faxed to (803) 641-3615. The deadline to submit reservation requests is June 2, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

New SRS STEP Project Based Learning Field Study Jackson Middle School and Tall Pines Academy helped pilot Project Based Learning field studies at the SRS STEP site. Sixth graders participated in two days of field studies at SRS to assess the health of the forest for habitat suitable for the Red Cockaded Woodpecker and the Bachman’s Sparrow, both birds of concern. On the third day of this PBL-6 field study, STEP instructors met with the students at their school to compile their data and prepare a presentation based on their findings. The seventh graders participated in two days of field studies assessing soil at different depths through a PBL-7 field study at the SRS STEP site. Their PBL concluded at their school with instructors from STEP as the students used their data to complete and present a Science Fair Project. These Project Based Learning Field Studies and will be available to all sixth and seventh grade classes at the SRS STEP location in the Fall of 2017!

New Silver Bluff Audubon STEP Field Study The STEP outdoor field study Eco-Venture for elementary students just got more exciting! An extended eco-hike adventure leads student beside the Savannah River at the Silver Bluff Landing. This standards-based STEAM field study will have students making careful observations of their environment looking for critters hidden in plain sight, discovering the wonders of wetlands, and using wild words to describe their surroundings. The Silver Bluff Audubon Center and Sanctuary is a perfect location for this field study Eco-Venture!


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Bridgestone Environmental Education Program (BEEP)

Eco-Ventures and arthropods: these were just two of the many environmental themes taught this Fall through B.E.E.P., the Bridgestone Environmental Education Program. As a part of the two-hour EcoVenture hike at Bridgestone Off Road/Radial, students sharpened their observation skills, used technology to assess water quality, and wrote nature haiku poetry deep in the forest. Across the road at Bridgestone PSR/LTR, second graders delighted in playing a Monarch Migration relay game, creating clay seed sculptures, and catching (and releasing) butterflies and other arthropods. Active learning outdoors is the name of the game for B.E.E.P.! CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center is seeking nominations for the Spirit of Ruth Patrick Award and the Robert E. Alexander Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award. If you know a teacher or school administrator who fits the criteria below, please nominate them for an award. Nominations must be received by May 15, 2017 to be considered for this year’s award. Biographical sheets will be sent to each nominee and the RPSEC Advisory Board will determine the winner. If you have any questions, please call Laura Johnson at 803-641-3313 or contact her by email at LauraJ@usca.edu.

Spirit of Ruth Patrick Award This award recognizes a teacher in the CSRA who demonstrates a passion for teaching and infusing a love of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In 1986 the RPSEC was named for Dr. Ruth Patrick, a world renowned scientist who developed a way to test the water quality of the Savannah River while the Savannah River Site was built in the early 1950s.

Robert E. Alexander Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award This prestigious award recognizes administrators in the CSRA for their efforts and support of bringing full awareness to math and science education and using the resources of the RPSEC to help meet science and math standards. Recipients of the award are also individuals who encourage teachers to work with the RPSEC to develop skills needed for science and math instruction.

FREE Teacher Resources and Visiting Scientists Available

The Traveling Science and Mathematics Demonstrations Program has over 300 science and math kits available for use in the classroom. Supplement your curriculum with nationally recognized and state adopted exemplary materials. Kits have been correlated to SC state standards. Many kits contain children’s literature so that you can integrate your science and language arts lessons. In addition to these resources, you can request a Traveling Resources and Neat Demonstrations (STRAND) volunteer for classroom presentations. For more information please visit http://rpsec.usca.edu/travelingscience/ or call us at 803-641-3683.


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Public Shows Inspiring others to explore the majesty of the heavens

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Special Events Spring Earth & Sky Night and National Astronomy Day: April 29, 2017

For Planetarium information call: 803-641-3654 From Augusta: 803-278-1967 ext. 3654 More information is available on our website: http://rpsec.usca.edu/Planetarium/

Become a Galactic Guardian for 2017 How would you like to adopt a celestial object and be its Galactic Guardian for a year? There are a number of celestial objects that need a caring person, family or group to look out for their best interests over the next year. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to support programming at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center with your tax-deductible donation. For more information, please call the main office at 803-641-3313 or email RPSEC@usca.edu.


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Camp Invention @ the

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center Camp Invention, a nationally recognized, nonprofit summer enrichment camp program, is coming to the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center the week of June 12th. Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. What makes this camp truly unique is that the curriculum is inspired by some of our nation’s most brilliant minds — the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. For students entering kindergarten through sixth grade, Camp Invention is a weeklong adventure that turns the summer from ordinary to extraordinary through hands-on problem solving, collaboration, and the use of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Inventive young minds can exercise their creativity and use their imagination, all while learning and developing new skills they typically don’t get to use in the classroom. Children are empowered to have big ideas while they take on challenges that inspire them to question, brainstorm, work as a team and build amazing invention prototypes. This year’s fresh, action-packed Camp Invention curriculum features several hands-on modules: -Duct Tape Billionaire™: Campers design duct tape products they can market and sell to mock investors; -Have a Blast™: Children build high-tech Bubble Blasters and compete as a team in friendly air battles that use physics to boost their advantage; -Mission Space Makers™: Teams hatch eggs, sprout living plants and grow crystal trees, all while on a mission to locate and prepare a new planet for human habitation; and -Operation Keep Out™: Campers learn to reverse engineer old machines and devices, and use their parts to create the ultimate Spy Gadget Alarm Box. Learn more about this year’s curriculum and register for Camp Invention by visiting www.campinvention.org. Receive a discount of $15 off until May 1st . Use promo code DISCOVER15. The base price is $225. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit www. campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today! **USCA and ACPSD employees receive $30 OFF. Please email johnh@usca.edu for a special host district registration form.


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SUMMER STUDENT PROGRAMS

The RPSEC and DuPont Planetarium are offering a variety of student programs for Summer 2017! Classes are geared towards daycares, summer camps, churches and more looking for an exciting opportunity to engage summer students. Each group must have a minimum of 10 participants with a maximum of 90 per field trip. We encourage group leaders to plan for 2 or 3 programs per visit and offer both indoor and outdoor spaces for eating lunches. Please be reminded we do not provide any meals but are happy to have you picnic on our lawn. Launch into summer with us as we experience fun, hands-on science! Go to our website to view Summer 2017 program details and fill out a reservation request form: http://rpsec.usca.edu/Summer/student/

CampENGage

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center - USC Aiken

July 17-20, 2017 9am-5pm More than just another science camp, more than just summer fun, Camp ENGage will empower and encourage the next generation of engineers. Open to Rising 7th-8th Grade Students

http://rpsec.usca.edu/campENGage/


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2016 Friends of the RPSEC The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center thanks the following individuals, corporations, and organizations for their generosity and support of our mission by being a Friend of the RPSEC. For information on how you can become a Friend, please call (803)641-3313.

Infusers ($2500 and up)

Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies Rotary Club of Aiken-Sunrise Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC Wells Fargo

Innovators ($1000 -$2499) AT&T Augusta Aiken Audubon Society Border Bash Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness Ms. Barbara S. Fenstermacher Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hammond Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey M. Priest Project Management Institute Dr. and Mrs. Gary J. Senn SRP Federal Credit Union WJBF

Scientists ($500-$999)

Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Inc. SRS Leadership Association

Analysts ($250-$499)

AACEI CSRA Section Ms. Gloria W. Allen American Society of Civil Engineers, CSRA Branch Ms. Catheryn F. Dzaugis and Mr. James R. Cadieux, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James M. Ferrell Dr. Rose O. Hayes-Fox ISA Savannah River Section Mr. John M. Hutchens Mr. and Mrs. Bruce A. Morgan Dr. and Mrs. William A. Pirkle SC Society Professional Engineers Columbia Chapter

Researchers ($100-$249) Aiken Electric Cooperative, Inc. Aiken Woman’s Club Mr. and Mrs. William R. Cue Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Eugene Hair Innovative Solutions Kiwanis Club of Aiken Maxwell Law Firm Mr. and Mrs. Cory W. McMurtrie, Sr. Dr. Deborah and Mr. John McMurtrie II Mr. and Mrs. Robert Moore

Mr. and Mrs. Levi Parker Mrs. Darlene Smalley Ms. Carole Anne Taylor Ms. Frances A. White

Scholars (up to $99) Mr. and Mrs. John W. Abshire Dr. Gwendolyn B. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Blancato Ms. Laura Mae Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Todd C. Boggs Ms. Katherine M. Mason and Mr. Dr. Carol S. Botsch and Dr. Robert E. Roderick C. Lee Botsch Dr. Sally L. McClellan Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Buckley Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Milardo Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrie Scott Chavis Mr. and Mrs. John A. Oakland Dr. Bridget Kelly Coleman and Mr. Dr. Suzanne Ozment and Dr. James M. Coleman Peter Alden Mailloux Mr. Charles M. Combier Mr. Keith L. Pierce Dr. and Mrs. Paul M. Dainer Mr. and Mrs. Bradley D. Reinhart Mrs. Arlene DiPietro Mr. Mark Daniel Roberts Mr. and Mrs. Brian A. Eberhard Dr. Joette G. Sonnenberg and Mr. Ms. Bethany Suzanne Fralick and L. K. Sonnenberg Mr. Bradley Scott Salter Mrs. and Mr. Brittany Elizabeth Mr. and Mrs. Irving G. Freimuth Stone Mr. and Mrs. Patrick O. Gelinas Mrs. Elizabeth L. Green Dr. and Mrs. Randolph J. Guschl Dr. and Mrs. David W. Hayes


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The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center is looking for sponsors to help support the cost of feeding and caring for the animals used in our K-12 educational programs. An animal may be adopted by an individual, a business, or a group such as an elementary school class or a scout troop. The sponsors’ names will be displayed on donor recognition kiosks at RPSEC, and they will be recognized in the Center’s publications and website as Friends of the RPSEC. Donations are tax deductible; sponsorship opportunities January through December 2017 are listed below. For more information, please contact Lizzy Green at ElizabethG@usca.edu or (803) 641-3631. BIRDS Raleigh , Barred Owl (Strix varia) Non-releasable male Lina , Eastern Screech Owl, brown phase (Megascops asio) Non-releasable female Charlotte , Eastern Screech Owl, brown phase (Megascops asio) Non-releasable female

REPTILES: CROCODILIANS Al, American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) male, hatched 2012 Holden , American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) male, hatched 2014

REPTILES: SNAKES George, Eastern Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula getula) Betsy , Grey Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta spiloides) Corny, Corn Snake (Elaphe guttata) male Casper , Albino Corn Snake(Elaphe guttata)

REPTILES: TURTLES Romeo , Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina Carolina) male Fatty, Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina Carolina) female Shelly , Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina Carolina) juvenile Durtle, Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) male Slim Jim, Red-Eared Slider Turtle(Trachemys scripta elegans) male Strut, Chicken Turtle (Trachemys scripta scripta)

REPTILES: LIZARD Lizzy , Eastern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus undulates)

AMPHIBIANS: FROGS and TOADS Emerald , Barking Tree Frog(Hyla gratiosa) Striker, Squirrel Tree Frog (Hyla squirella) Kermit, Green Tree Frog(Hyla cinerea) Ricochet , Southern Toad (Bufo terrestris)

AMPHIBIANS: SALAMANDERS Dottie, Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) Louie, Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) Fireball , Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber) Marley , Marbled Salamander ( Ambystoma opacum)

Adoption Information $500 Dr. Rose Lee O. Hayes-Fox Dr. Rose Lee O. Hayes-Fox

Adoption Information Mr. John Hutchens Mrs. Darya McMurtrie

Adoption Information $100 $100 Tristan Davis Mrs. Carolyn & Mr. Robert Moore

Adoption Information $75 $75 $75 $75 Dr. Joette & Mr. L.K. Sonnenberg $75

Adoption Information Mrs. Elizabeth & Mr. Brian Eberhard

Adoption Information Drs. Carol & Robert Botsch $50 Drs. Carol & Robert Botsch Mrs. Nancy & Mr. Robert Harrington

Adoption Information Mrs. Darya McMurtrie Roderick Lee & Katherine Mason Mrs. Lizzy Green Roderick Lee & Katherine Mason


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Galactic Guardians How would you like to adopt a celestial object and be its Galactic Guardian for a year? There are a number of celestial objects that need a caring person, family or group to look out for their best interests over the next year. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to support programming at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center with your tax-deductible donation. For more information, please call the main office at 803-641-3313 or email RPSEC@usca.edu.

$400 level:

1. Milky Way Adopted by Ms. Barbara Fenstermacher 2. Sun Adopted by Jack & Ava Hammond 3. Moon

Planets:

4. Mercury 5. Venus 6. Earth 7. Mars 8. Jupiter 9. Saturn 10. Uranus 11. Neptune 12. Pluto (Dwarf $399.99)

$150 level: Zodiac Constellations: 13. 14. 15. 16.

Virgo Libra Scorpius Ophiuchus Adopted by Dr. Gary J. & Mrs. Senn 17. Sagittarius 18. Capricornus 19. Aquarius Adopted by Will Williams 20. Pisces 21. Aries 22. Taurus 23. Gemini 24. Cancer 25. Leo

$100 level: Special Constellations:

26. Andromeda the Princess 27. Aquila the Eagle Adopted by Mr. William R. & Mrs. Karen S. Cue 28. Auriga the Charioteer 29. Bootes the Herdsman 30. Canis Major the Big Dog 31. Canis Minor the Little Dog

$100 level: (Continued) 32. Cassiopeia the Queen Adopted by Mr. Charles M. Combier 33. Cepheus the King 34. Crux the Southern Cross 35. Cygnus the Swan, Northern Cross 36. Draco the Dragon 37. Hercules 38. Lyra the Harp 39. Orion the Hunter

40. 41. 42. 43.

Adopted by Dr. Robert L. & Gina C. Buckley

Pegasus the Flying Horse Perseus the Hero Ursa Major, Big Dipper Ursa Minor, Little Dipper

$75 level: Galaxies and Nebulae:

44. Cat’s Eye Nebula, NGC 6543 45. Cat’s Paw, NGC 6914 Adopted by Dr. Suzanne Ozment & Dr. Peter Alden Mailloux 46. Crab Nebula, M1 47. Dumbbell Nebula, M27 48. Flame Nebula, NGC 2024 49. Helix Nebula. NGC 7293 50. Horsehead Nebula B33, IC434 51. Horseshoe Nebula, M17 52. Lagoon Nebula, M8 53. Orion Nebula, M42 54. Owl Nebula, M97 Adopted by Mr. John & Dr. Deborah McMurtrie 55. Pillars of Creation (M16) 56. Ring Nebula, M57 57. Rosette Nebula, NGC 2237 58. Seagull Nebula, IC2177 59. Stellar Spire (M16) 60. Tarantula Nebula, NGC 2070 61. Trifid Nebula, M20 62. Andromeda Galaxy, M31 63. Black Eye Galaxy, M64 64. “Cigar” Galaxy, M82 65. Pinwheel Galaxy, M101 66. Sombrero Galaxy, M104 67. Sunflower Galaxy, M63 68. Tadpole Galaxy, UGC 10214 69. Whirlpool Galaxy, M51

$50 level: Other Constellations: 70. 71. 72. 73. 74. 75. 76. 77. 78.

Centaurus Cetus the Sea Monster Columba the Dove Corona the Crown Corvus the Crow Delphinus the Dolphin Lepus the Hare Monoceros the Unicorn Sagitta the Arrow -

Stars and Star Clusters:

79. Albireo, a double star Adopted by Richard & Darlene Smalley 80. Beehive cluster 81. Alcor & Mizor, double stars 82. Hercules globular cluster 83. Pleiades, the Seven Sisters 84. Polaris, the North Star Adopted by Sue Harden Hayes & Dr. David W. Hayes

Brightest Stars:

85. Aldebaran Adopted by Dr. Paul and Mrs. Monica Dainer 86. Altair 87. Antares 88. Arcturus 89. Betelguese 90. Capella 91. Castor 92. Deneb 93. Fomalhaut 94. Pollux 95. Procyon 96. Regulus 97. Rigel 98. Sirius 99. Spica 100. Vega


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RTH and SK Night

Saturday, April 29th

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center @ USCA

Hands-On Astronomy and Earth Day Activities! 6:30pm-9:30pm FREE

Telescope Exploration -After DarkFREE

Planetarium Shows 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

(normal rates apply) Sponsored By: Ruth Patrick Science Education Center / DuPont Planetarium USC Aiken •and the Astronomy Club of Augusta FOR MORE INFORMATION visit HTTP://RPSEC.USCA.EDU/

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Ruth Patrick Science Education Center and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Co-Sponsor the 14th Annual South Carolina Regional

Future City Competition

Students from St. Mary on the Hill School received first place recognition at the 2017 South Carolina Regional Future City Competition, sponsored by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions and the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center. The competition, which each year invites 6th, 7th and 8th graders to create a city of tomorrow, was held January 21st on the USCA campus. This year’s winning team created the futuristic city, Sahira, and included students Claire Miller, Kaitlyn Thompson, and Jude Walker, along with John Allen, teacher and faculty sponsor of the Future City Team, and engineer mentor Joe Walker. In addition to a $1,000 USC Aiken scholarship sponsored by AT&T, students on the winning team received a trip to the Annual Future City National Finals in Washington, D.C., held Feb. 18-22 during National Engineers Week. Team members were also awarded $100 each, backpacks, a trophy, and plaques. Sponsored by the nation’s professional engineering community, Future City is the nation’s largest engineering education program, encouraging interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through hands-on applications.

2nd Place - Paul Knox Middle School

3rd Place - Westview Middle School

Future City Special Award Winners • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Honorable Mention Award, sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers -4th Place: St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School, Zoeaublaur Honorable Mention Award, sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers -5th Place: St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School, Optima Civitre Protection of the Public, sponsored by South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers- Columbia Section: Hilton Head Christian Academy, Gallifrey Best Use of Automation, sponsored by the International Society of Automation- Savannah River Section: Grovetown Middle, Try-solve Best Civil Engineering Aspects, sponsored by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) - Central Savannah River Valley Branch: Westview Middle, Saint Andrew Best Land Surveying Practices Award, sponsored by National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES): Westview Middle, Green Point Best Engineered Project, sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers: Westview Middle, Nucliwind Best Model Award, sponsored by SRS Leadership Association (SRSLA: St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School, Virdeca Best Planned City, sponsored by Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering, International (AACEI)- Central Savannah River Section: Paul Knox Middle, Magdalena Most Creative Use of Materials, sponsored by the American Concrete Institute – Carolinas Chapter: Edgewood Middle, Rovalus Heights Best Distribution of Power, sponsored by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) - Columbia Section: St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School, Optima Civitre Best Energy System Award, sponsored by Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA) and the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Savannah River Section: St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School, Zoeaublaur Best Project Management Team, sponsored by the Project Management Institute (PMI)- Augusta Aiken Chapter: Edgewood Middle, Costa Calma Best Virtual City, sponsored by the Future City Committee: W.A.Perry, Perryninsula Best Essay, sponsored by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS): St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School, Virdeca Student Choice Award, sponsored by the Savannah River Site Leadership Association: Hilton Head Christian Academy, Gallifrey Rookie Team Award, sponsored by the Future City Committee: New Heights Middle, Arcadia Heights


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CSRA Regional Science Fair Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, in partnership with the University of South Carolina Aiken (USCA) and the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, proudly sponsored the Savannah River Regional Science and Engineering Fair, March 11, 2017 at USC Aiken. The Savannah River Regional Science and Engineering Fair gave young people from the area the opportunity to explore the world of science and technology and develop their scientific investigation skills and knowledge by planning, constructing and exhibiting their own “hands-on” science projects. First place winning projects by 4th through 12th graders from school science fairs were invited to enter. Projects were judged for scientific reasoning, creative ability, thoroughness, technical skill and clarity. As in the past, judging was performed by scientific, engineering and other technical professionals from SRS, USCA and the surrounding community. The science fair promotes students’ interest by providing public recognition of outstanding work and by giving students the opportunity to interact with community scientists. There were 237 projects from CSRA schools displayed at the fair.

Best in Show

Congratulations to Srikrishnan Raju from Lakeside High School for winning Best in Show for his project “Development of a Low Cost Multi-Analyte Microfluidic Device” . Srikrishnan will now compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair in May. The Best in Show award includes an all-expenses-paid trip for Srikrishnan and a parent. Second place went to Reece Spradley from Batesburg-Leesville High or her project “The Effect of Time on the Process of Frozen Reverse Spherification”.

Environmental Science Award

Each year, the RPSEC presents an environmental science award in honor of Dr. Ruth Patrick. Dr. Patrick pioneered work in the study of fresh water ecosystems and developed methods for measuring the health of these systems. This year, the RPSEC Environmental Science Award was presented to Weston Sandifer from Guinyard-Butler Middle School. Weston’s experiment tested various land practices used to conserve soil such as cover crops, terraces, contour farming, and mulching to determine which practice conserves the most soil while also maintaining clean water. Soil erosion affects just about everyone. Farmers, construction workers, and people in the business of conserving natural resources are affected directly while everyone else probably does not realize that they are being affected by soil erosion. Soil can move into streets from construction and down hills and mountains into bodies of water such as lakes, streams, and even oceans if steps are not taken to hold it in place.


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Nuclear Science Week October 16 - 20, 2017

Nuclear Science Week is an international, broadly observed week-long celebration that focuses on all aspects of nuclear science. Events during this week will provide many learning opportunities about contributions, innovations and careers that can be found exploring nuclear science.

For updates on these activities and more, visit www.nwinitiative.org or contact Kim Saxon at kim.saxon@srscro.org 3-6-17


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Nuclear Science Week Programs for Grades 7-12 October 16-20, 2017 We invite Middle and High School Science Teachers to consider bringing your students to a hands-on physical science class entitled Center of an Atom - An Investigation of Protons, Neutrons, Electrons, Elements, and Isotopes that will be offered at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center during Nuclear Science Week in the fall (October 16-20, 2017). In this program, students explore atomic structure using a series of hands-on activities, concluding with the discovery of the uses of an atom they create using the Interactive Nucleus display and the Living Periodic Table. The American Nuclear Society- Savannah River Section sponsors this program. Other RPSEC programs offered that week that may be of interest to middle and high school students include Center of teh Atom, Probing the Periodic Table, Chemicals Matter, Meet the Elements and Engineering the ISS (planetarium). Program descriptions are listed below. Note: We can accommodate up to 90 students per visit if they rotate through three, one-hour programs. Beginning in April, the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center will be accepting reservation requests for field trip programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Reservation request forms are available at http://rpsec.usca.edu/ student/. The deadline for teachers to submit their requests is Friday, June 2, 2017 at 5:00 PM. Our programs fill up quickly, so please do not delay!

Nuclear Science Week Program Descriptions Radioecology: (Grades 7,8 & High School • 60 minutes) Learn what happens when radionuclides and ecosystems meet with the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory scientists. The SREL has the only radio ecology undergraduate education program in the world. Challenge the myths and learn the facts about radio ecology from research conducted at the SRS in Aiken, South Carolina, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Russia, and the Fukushima Daiichi accident in Japan. *Taught at RPSEC by the SREL scientists Center of the Atom (Grades 9-12 • 60 minutes) An Investigation of Protons, Neutrons, Electrons, Elements, and Isotopes. Students explore atomic structure using a series of hands-on activities, concluding with the discovery of the uses of an atom they create using the Interactive Nucleus display and the Living Periodic Table. Probing the Periodic Table (Grades 9-12 • 60 minutes) This program demystifies the periodic table and makes learning about atoms fun! Students grasp the organization of the periodic table as they construct a Periodic Table of Foods. Then, they build atom models using magnets and white boards and use the models to find patterns in the structure and behavior of elements. Changes Matter (Grades 7-8 • 60 minutes) Students explore physical and chemical properties of matter. They compare physical and chemical changes and experience reactivity through several hands-on activities and explosive demonstrations! Meet the Elements (Grades 7-8 • 60 minutes) Students “meet the elements” in a fun music video; then work together to classify materials as elements, compounds, and mixtures. They will build atomic models, and discover why compounds are either ionic or covalent. Engineering the ISS (Grades 8-12 • Planetarium • 60 minutes) How do you build a million-pound object that will stay in orbit and sustain human life? Learn how 15 nations worked together to engineer the International Space Station (ISS), a unique scientific laboratory and home in space. A rap and animations explain how weight, mass, gravity and speed are related.


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RPSEC Professional Learning We invite you to register teachers for the Summer Professional Learning opportunities offered through the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at USC Aiken. These K-12 four-day mathematics and STEM institutes will be offered in June and July. Flyers and registration forms for these can be found at: http://rpsec.usca.edu/ProfessionalLearning/ Discounts for early registration are available (prior to Thursday, June 1, 2017). Over the past four years, teachers, curriculum specialists, and administrators from more than 50 South Carolina school districts have participated in RPSEC professional Learning. The feedback has always been overwhelmingly positive.

Ruth Patrick Science Education Professional Learning Participant District Map 2013-2017

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Summer 2017 Professional Learning Opportunities TEACHING AND ASSESSING SCCCR MATHEMATICS CONTENT AND PROCESS STANDARDS

JUNE 2017 – JULY 2017 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM CONCEPTS IN GEOMETRY - Middle and High School Mathematics Teachers DATES

GRADE BAND

STANDARDS AREA OF EMPHASIS

Monday, June 12, 2017

8 – 12

Expressing Geometric Properties with Equations

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

8 – 12

Expressing Geometric Measurement & Dimension

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

8 – 12

Thursday, June 15, 2017

8 – 12

Similarity, Right Triangles and Trigonometry Circles, Congruence, Modeling & Interpreting Data

Monday, June 19, 2017

8 – 12

Modeling and Interpreting Data

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

8 – 12

Making Inferences and Justifying Conclusions

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

8 – 12

Conditional Probability and Rules of Probability

CONCEPTS IN PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS Middle AND HIGH School Mathematics Teachers

8 – 12 Using Probability to Make Decisions Thursday, June 22, 2017 CONCEPTS IN UPPER ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHEMATICS Monday - Thursday Grades Algebraic Thinking and Proportional Relationships 3-8 July 10 - 13, 2017

STEM FORWARD - SUSTAINING THE MOMENTUM SESSIONS

An intensive focus will be placed on enhancing content knowledge through STEM applications of mathematics, science and engineering practices, effective pedagogy, and aligned assessment.

Monday - Thursday July 17 - 20, 2017

Grades 3-8

Upper Elementary and Middle School STANDARDS-BASED STEM EDUCATION

CONCEPTUAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES AND APPLICATIONS

✓ Support and push students to greater levels of competency and academic success. ✓ Deepen concept development and understanding of mathematics content through effective use of available technology. ✓ Move beyond mathematics games or computer-base drill and practice. ✓ Apply mathematics content in real world settings and real time data collection, organization and analysis. ✓ Engage students in interactive concept building tools for learning mathematics. ✓ Engage students in purposeful mathematics problem solving and modeling in contextual situations. ✓ Provide purposeful instruction based on the power of mathematics instructional technology. ✓ Match and integrate appropriate learning targets from the SCCCR Mathematics Standards with the right technology tools. TO REGISTER, please Register Using Google Forms Now! or visit the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center Website at http://rpsec.usca.edu/ProfessionalLearning/


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Southeastern Summer Nuclear Institute (SSNI) July 20-22, 2017

A 3-day summer institute will be presented to promote nuclear education and workforce development in the southeast. Middle and high school teachers from Georgia, South Carolina and other states with interest in nuclear technology applications and promoting student interest in STEM related careers are invited to attend. he Institute will include a tour of the Vogtle nuclear energy facility in Burke County, GA including control room visits, simulator exercises, meetings with nuclear power reactor personnel, etc. The Institute will also include a tour of the Savannah River Site (SRS) near Aiken, SC including radioactive waste management facilities and the Savannah River National Laboratory. In addition, a visit to Augusta University will be included along with an overview of nuclear medicine facilities and procedures. The Institute will feature a workshop to emphasize atomic and nuclear fundamentals, power generation fundamentals, nuclear technology applications, risk (real vs. perceived), and nuclear workforce opportunities with hands-on activities to illustrate important technical concepts and scientific principles. The SSNI will have the following benefits: • Broader knowledge and understanding of the pros and cons of various energy sources. • Opportunities for middle and high school students to pursue STEM related careers. • Future nuclear workforce development including engineering, technical support, skilled labor, etc. • Good public relations for the nuclear industry. • Support for southern nuclear utilities in selecting nuclear power for future energy needs. Partners include: American Nuclear Society – Savannah River, AREVA, Atkins, Georgia Power Co./Plant Vogtle, SCUREF, SN3, SRNL, SRNS, SRSCRO, DOR-SR, and USC Aiken Registration is limited to 30 middle and high school teachers in order of receipt. A registration fee of $50 and the registration form must be postmarked by May 26th, 2017 to be eligible. Questions should be e-mailed to: SSNI1515@gmail.com. Teachers receive $50 in gift cards, free housing at USC Aiken (if needed), free meals, educational resources including DVD with presentations and reference materials, American Nuclear Society outreach materials and teacher guides, and a certificate of completion.

http://rpsec.usca.edu/Workshops/CNTA/SSNI2017.html


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Educator Workshop May 20, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Ruth Patrick Science Education Center – USC Aiken

Are you preparing for the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017? Will you have opportunity to share information about the eclipse with others? Would you like to have appropriate background information and more than $80 worth of educational supplies? If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then we have a great opportunity for you! We will conduct a full-day educator workshop on Saturday, May 20, 2017 for 25 informal and formal educators in our region. This is intended to be a “train the trainer” workshop that will promote understanding of the Earth-MoonSun system. Through this dynamic, hands-on workshop, you will increase your awareness and understanding of the total solar eclipse to occur on 8/21/17 and receive educational resources to inform and inspire others about eclipses. Many of the activities and lessons shared during the workshop will address state science and mathematics standards, making the impact of this training extend far beyond the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017! Cost: $50 non-refundable registration fee Registration is limited to 25 educators in order of receipt. http://rpsec.usca.edu/Events/Eclipse/EclipseWorkshopRegistrationForm2017.pdf Please submit registration form by May 1, 2017. Attendees will receive: • more than $80 worth of teaching materials • participation certificate that may be used for teacher recertification, as appropriate • knowledge about eclipses • strategies for teaching about eclipses and the Earth-Moon-Sun system


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32nd ANNUAL

Saturday, October 7, 2017 10am-3pm http://rpsec.usca.edu/SEED/ Masters Degree in Educational

Foundational Core Courses (6 hours) Technology AERM/EDRM 700 – Introduction to Earn Your USCA Degree Online Research in Education AEET/EDET 709 – Applications of Learning Do you enjoy using your computer? Do oth Principles ers ask you how to do something on their Design Courses (15 hours) computers? Do you enjoy showing to othAEET/EDET 603 – Design and Development Tools I ers something new on your computer? AEET/EDET 703 – Design and Development Tools II Have you considered getting a masters AEET/EDET 722 – Instructional Design and Assessment degree? Then maybe it is time for you AEET/EDET 755 – Design and Evaluation of Information to consider the Masters of Education in Access and Delivery Educational Technology (MEd Tech). AEET/EDET 793 – Advanced Instructional Design and The MEd Tech program at University of South Carolina Ai Development ken (USCA) and the University of South Carolina (USC) Technology Core Courses (12 hours) Columbia is accepting applications for enrollment. For more AEET/EDET 650 – Internship in Educational Technology information visit http://edtech.usca.edu/. AEET/EDET 735 – Technological Applications for Diverse Populations The focus of the program is to develop capabilities essential AEET/EDET 746 – Management of Technology Resources to the effective design, evaluation, and delivery of technolAEET/EDET 780 – Seminar in Educational Technology

ogy-based instruction and training (e.g., software develop-

Electives (3 hours chosen from the following courses) ment, multimedia development, assistive technology modifiAEET/EDET 652 – Design and Evaluation of Games and cations, web-based development, and distance learning) in Simulations order to (1) prepare educators to assume leadership roles AETE 731 – Instructional and Informational in the integration of educational technology into the school Applications of Technology or EDTE 731 – Integration of Technology and curriculum, and (2) to provide graduate-level instructional op Instruction portunities for several populations (e.g., classroom teachers, SLIS 706 – Introduction to Information corporate trainers, educational software developers) that need Technologies to acquire both technological competencies and understanding of TSTM 790 – Advanced Study in Technology sound instructional design principles and techniques. Support/Training Management

Anyone interested in enrolling in this program should contact Karen Morris at 803-641-3489.

The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center Newsletter is a publication of the RPSEC for our patrons. The RPSEC, housed at the University of South Carolina Aiken, encompasses the Center of Excellence in Educational Technology (CEET), DuPont Planetarium, RPSEC Student Programs, RPSEC Professional Learning, Traveling Science and Mathematics Demonstrations Program (TSMDP), the Science and Technology Enrichment Program (STEP), and Center of Excellence in Middle-level Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching (CE- MIST). If you have any information that would be beneficial to the audience of this newsletter, or if you would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact John Hutchens, Editor, at 803-641-3474 or via email to johnh@usca.edu. Deadline for submission in the next newsletter is July 1, 2017.

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