Porter Fleming Grant Awarded to RPSEC

The RPSEC through the Aiken Partnership at USCA received a grant for $15,000 to support the development of a new planetarium show entitled, To the Moon and Beyond. The grant proposal was written by Judith Goodwin of the USCA Advancement Office and Dr. Gary J. Senn of the RPSEC.

In 1963 Berry Fleming, a noted Augusta author and artist, who had also served as a Trustee of the Academy of Richmond County, created the Porter Fleming Foundation in honor of his father. The Foundation directs the Trustees of the Academy to “contribute annually to the educational, literary, artistic, scientific, historical, musical, and cultural enrichment of the lives of the residents of the City of Augusta and the geographical area immediately adjacent thereto, composed of Richmond, Burke, Jefferson, and Columbia Counties in the State of Georgia, and Aiken and Edgefield Counties in the State of South Carolina.”

The new planetarium show will present information about the Space Race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. It will have three main components: 1. description of the Apollo program and the Moon landing, 2. present day activities at NASA and what we learned from Apollo that will help us plan for the future, 3. future missions to the Moon and to Mars. Th e premise of the show will follow the interest of a girl and her dad in the Apollo mission. In the present day, the girl (now a NASA scientist) will visit her son’s science class. In the future, the woman and teacher-son will celebrate with a younger son as he explores the surface of Mars.

In the fall of 2007, Washington Savannah River Company provided $50,000 to USCA to support science and mathematics educational programs. Of that amount, $5,000 of these funds was allocated to support To the Moon and Beyond.