For several years, science teacher Helen Campbell has entered teams from Paul Knox Middle School in the National Engineers' Week Future City regional competition at USC Aiken.
Campbell's commitment to the Future City program and to the teaching profession has earned her the second Spirit of Ruth Patrick Award. Dr. Gary Senn presented Campbell with a plaque at an Aiken County Board of Education meeting.
"We were delighted when Helen's all girl team won the 2006 SC Regional Future City Competition and could go to the nationals," Senn said. "It's wonderful to have girls interested in science and engineering and bridge the gender gap. The Spirit of Ruth Patrick Award is a great way to recognize the wonderful job that the teachers do."
In 1986 the center was named for 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. Now 100, Patrick remains active as a staff member of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.
Alexia Clamp, Williston Elko District 29 Superintendant, was awarded the Robert E. Alexander Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award from the University of South Carolina Aiken and the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center. This is the sixth year this award has been presented to an administrator in the CSRA. The prestigious award recognizes individuals 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.