June 9-14, 2008

Camp Success is a state-of-the-art day camp for students in grades 7 and 8. More than a science camp, more than summer fun, Camp Success gives students unprecedented access to professors, teachers and industry professionals. They are engaged in hands-on projects that validate their ideas and encourage further study in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

The camp will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 9-13. Each day begins with a debriefing followed by an exciting and diverse schedule of Discovery Workshops, learning lab activities, community design projects and field trips to local companies/project sites. Campers will work in project teams to provide a solution to a community customer; fun and challenges will be interwoven throughout the week.

Saturday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. is celebration day for campers, their families and guests. A parent information session will be followed by project team presentations for community project solutions and recognition for personal and team accomplishments.

The cost to attend Camp Success is $175, and there is a $50 application fee. More information can be found at http://rpsec.usca.edu/CampSuccess/.


Coca Cola Kids Camp

The Audubon center will host the Coca Cola Kids Camp program the week of June 23rd through June 27th. There is not a fee; however, participation is limited to the first 30. Registration requests are taken through the Aiken Parks Recreation Tourism Department. The contact number is 803-642-7557.


Governor’s School for Science and Math (GSSM)
Summer Science Program (SSP)

SSP is a residential summer camp for rising 8th, 9th and 10th graders from across the state. Designed for talented young teens interested in scientific principles, enriching field trips and hands-on lab experiences, SSP sessions are taught by GSSM faculty along with college and university professors. Camps on a variety of topics will be conducted during three, one-week sessions. Gary Senn and Darlene Smalley will be teaching one of these camps, Field Ecology of the Southern Appalachians, from June 15-21, 2008. For more information visit http://www.scgssm.org/ssp/


Summer Group Programs

The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center & DuPont Planetarium will offer a variety of programs during the months of June, July and early August. We will offer several planetarium shows each month as well as Hands On programs. These programs are for interested groups such as Daycare Centers, Camps, Church Groups, Scout Troops etc. For more information please call Janice Weeks at (803) 641-3769.


Salamander Sponsor

Jack Benson, age 10, recently adopted two of the RPSEC salamanders for the school year. He and his mother, Ruth, drove all the way from Varnville, SC to visit the Science Center and meet the salamanders. Jack decided to adopt a spotted salamander and a tiger salamander, and he named them Harry and Blaine after Harry Houdini and David Blaine, classic and modern illusionists. Jack likes magic and is an amateur illusionist and magician. The Bensons’ gift of $100 provides food and care for the salamanders for one year. We appreciate their support of the Adopt-An-Animal program!