Miscellaneous Information


Science Curriculum Revision


Since Summer of '97, Aiken County and Edgefield County Public Schools have been working diligently to revise their local science curricula to bring them in line with the South Carolina Science Academic Achievement Standards and grade by grade indicators. This will then serve as a tool for preparing students for the PACT (Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test ) which will be implemented beginning Spring of '99. Each district worked as committees of classroom teachers representing all grade levels K-12 as well as all areas of their districts. There was cooperation between levels to ensure continuity and to clarify expectations.

These documents have been or will be out for review in their given counties. Final versions should be available by Fall '98.

Dupont Planetarium Summer Schedule

The Dupont Planetarium is open for shows during the summer. The planetarium conducts shows for the general public and for special groups. Many summer programs bring students to the planetarium for a special activity. If you know of any summer program that might like to make a visit to the planetarium, please have them contact us at 803-641-3313 or rpsec@Aiken.sc.edu. During the month of June, the planetarium will feature "Through the Eyes of Hubble" and "Journey into the Living Cell". From July 6 through August 15, the planetarium will feature "The Voyager Encounters". Visit our WWW site: http://rpsec.usca.sc.edu/DupontPlanetarium.html.

T.I.M.E.S. It

Techniques for Increasing Multiplication-fact Efficiency Sooner

Calling all third through sixth grade teachers!!! HELP!!! Over the past year, I have been collecting lessons, games, activities, and motivational strategies that will help teachers and parents help children memorize their multiplication facts. I have resisted purchasing a book on the topic because I am only interested in ideas that the experts (i.e., current classroom teachers) know work. So far, I have accumulated the following:

1. Fizz-Buzz

5. Multiplication Card Draw

9. Baseball Multiplication

2. Multiplication Relay

6. Multiplication Coin Drop

10. Factor Captor

3. Multiplication Bingo

7. Multiplication Rap

11. Daily Fact Practice

4. Multiplication Top-It

8. Fact Ball

I want more, more, more great, successful ideas from classroom teachers! The #1 complaint from upper elementary and middle school math teachers is, "The children don't know their facts!!!" I am hoping to use your ideas (and assistance too) in a teacher workshop and a parent workshop that will help to alleviate one problem many math teachers face. Please share your expertise and experience by sending a description of your game to Gwen Johnson at gwenj@aiken.sc.edu or 471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801.

Please include the following information: activity/game title, suggested level(s), materials per class, group size, game directions or activity procedure, copy of any game board or manipulative that is specifically designed for the game or activity.

Thanks for your help!

Technology to Enrich Mathematics and Science (TEMS)

(New Student Program Offering)

The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center in conjunction with The Center of Excellence in Educational Technology is adding a program called Technology to Enrich Mathematics and Science (TEMS) to the wide assortment of student programs currently offered. TEMS is a technology enhanced, multi-visit instructional program for students and teachers in grades 4-9. The enrichment activities are designed to span over three 2-hour visits (6 contact hours). This program has been designed so that each successive visit will relate to prior visits. Activities will include The Great Ocean Rescue, creating a HyperStudio Project, hands-on Microcomputer Based Laboratory Exploration, and participating in The Great Solar System Rescue or a Dupont Planetarium program ("Journey into the Living Cell" or "Through the Eyes of Hubble").

Visit 1: HyperStudio Project, The Great Ocean Rescue (Sept.-Oct.)

Visit 2: HyperStudio Project, The Great Solar System Rescue or The Dupont Planetarium program. (Nov.-Jan.)

Visit 3: HyperStudio Project, Microcomputer Based Laboratory Exploration (Feb.-Apr.)

Schools are encouraged to bring one or two classes totaling a maximum of 48 students. Groups of 25-48 will be divided into two groups. Each of the divided groups will receive the same instruction.

The following cost options are available:

Aiken County Schools:

Non-Aiken County Schools:

Option 1- The Great Ocean Rescue, HyperStudio Project, Microcomputer Based Laboratory Exploration, The Great Solar System Rescue (three 2-hour visits). (FREE)

Option 1- The Great Ocean Rescue, HyperStudio Project, Microcomputer Based Laboratory Exploration, The Great Solar System Rescue (three 2-hour visits). ($6.00 per student)

Option 2- The Great Ocean Rescue, HyperStudio Project, Microcomputer Based Laboratory Exploration, Dupont Planetarium program (three 2-hour visits). ($2.00 per student)

Option 2- The Great Ocean Rescue, HyperStudio Project, Microcomputer Based Laboratory Exploration, Dupont Planetarium program (three 2-hour visits). ($7.00 per student)

Teacher Training in GLOBE Completed

January 9-10 and 16-17, 1998


The new NRSMEEP GLOBE franchise trained an enthusiastic group of K-12 teachers in January. Eleven were elementary, 10 were middle school, and 4 were high school. The excitement exhibited by the teachers made this a very successful workshop. These dedicated teachers devoted four 10 hour days to GLOBE after their hectic work weeks, with essentially no moaning and groaning. As a result, the trained teachers will participate in Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE), a worldwide network of students, teachers, and scientists working together via the internet to study and understand the global environment. For further information check the NRSMEEP website or contact Ned Shuler at 803-725-0521. e-mail neds@aiken.sc.edu -- http://rpsec.usca.sc.edu/NRSMEEP/NRSMEEP.html.

We're Not Moving;

Just Getting a New Address

The post office has decided to change our address. Our new address is USCA;RPSEC;471 University Parkway; Aiken,SC 29801

Please make a note of it.

South Carolina Teachers' Tour: Teaching Sustainable Forestry in Environmental Education


2 hrs graduate credit, offered by University of Charleston



Course Number:



June 16-19

Course Fee:

$40 application Fee


Moncks Corner, SC

Course Description: Spend four days in the Lowcountry touring the forests of South Carolina examining forestry practices and the forest industry. This outdoor environmental education course is designed to provide an unbiased look into the impact forests have on our state's environment, economy, and quality of life. Key topics include forest management; emphasizing sustainable forestry, ecosystem management and bio-diversity; wildlife conservation, including endangered species protection; and forest product production, including harvesting and processing into products, and the contributions of the forest industry on S.C.'s economy. Classes include tours of private and public forest lands, lumber, paper and other wood product mills, along with cultural events highlighting the history of South Carolina and the Lowcountry. Participants will receive resource materials to use in their classrooms along with training in Project Learning Tree, an activity-based multi-disciplinary environmental education curriculum designed to teach critical and creative thinking.

Sponsored by The South Carolina Teachers' Tour Coalition.

For more information on this course, contact: SC Forestry Commission; Attention: J. Shrum-SCTT Application; P.O. Box 21707; Columbia, SC 29221; Fax: (803) 896-8896; E-mail: jshrum.scfc@juno.com

Agnes Pflumm and the Stonecreek Science Fair:

A Workshop by Teacher/Author

Merrie Southgate


There will be a workshop on October 10, 1998, from 9:00am-3:00pm for all elementary and middle school teachers who want to take the pain out of the science fair. The workshop will be held at USC Aiken. Workshop participants will receive a signed copy of the book, Agnes Pflumm and the Stonecreek Science Fair; a rational for teaching science through creativity; detailed lesson plans for a science project unit; tips for preparing for the science fair; strategies for coping with parents, procrastination, and other potential catastrophes; and a good time!


$40 registration fee. Fee includes lunch, personal copy of the book and all printed materials. Advanced payment and registration required. Call Angela Taylor no later than Friday, September 25th at 641-3313 or (from Augusta) 278-1967 (ext. 3313).

Sponsored by the CSRA Math & Science Hub and the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center.

The courses listed are offered thru USCA Office of Continuing Education,

for more information call Jean Haynes at 641-3288

Architecture for Kids I
$70 Rising 3-7 grades
July 20-24; 9:00am-12 noon
Architecture for Kids II
$70 Rising 3-7 grades
August 3-7; 9:00am-12 noon
Exploration of Art
$135 Rising 2-12 grades
July 13-17; 1:00pm-5:00pm
Take a Walk on the WEB side
$70 Rising 5-9 grades
June 8-12; 9:00am-12 noon
Creative Writing
$70 Rising 5-9 grades
June 15-19; 9:00am-12 noon
Fun With Spanish
$70 Rising 2-5 grades
June 22-26; 9:00am-12:00noon
Creepy Crawlies
$70 Rising 2-3 grades
June 8-12; 9:00am-12:00noon
$70 Rising 6-8 grades
July 20-24; 9:00am-12:00noon
Amazing Anthropodes
$70 Rising 4-6 grades
July 20-24; 9:00am-12:00noon
Globe Camp
$70 Rising 6-8 grades
July 13-17; 9:00am-12:00noon
Nature Lessons and Crafts
$70 Rising 3-6 grades
June 15-19; 9:00am-12 noon
Computer Kids I - Full Day
$125 Rising 4-8 grades
June 15-19; 9:00am-12 noon


Computer Kids II

$70 Rising 4-8 grades

August 3-7; 9:00am-12:00noon


Ecology and Hiking

$350 Rising 9-12 grades

July 27-31 **Gatlinburg, TN


All Sports Camp

$115 6-14 years of age

July 20-24; 9:00am-12:00noon


Pacer Basketball

$130 7-16 years of age

July 6-10; 9:00am-4:00pm


Pacer Basketball

$130 7-16 yrs of age

July 20-24; 9:00am-4:00pm


Pacer Basketball

$130 7-16 years of age

August 3-7; 9:00am-4:00pm


Volleyball Session 1

$80 Rising 4-8 grades

June 8-10; 9:00am-3:00pm


Volleyball Session 2

$80 Rising 9-12 grades

June 11-13; 9:00am-3:00pm


Volleyball Setters Clinic

$30 All ages

June 8; 5:00pm-9:00pm


Volleyball Hitters Clinic

$30 All ages

June 13; 5:00pm-9:00pm Baseball Camp - Session I

$125 6-15 years of age

June 15-19; 9:00am-3:00pm


Baseball Camp - Session II

$125 6-15 years of age

July 6-10; 9:00am-3:00pm


Baseball Camp - Session III

$125 6-15 years of age

August 3-7; 9:00am-3:00pm


Soccer Camp (Half/Full Day)

$90 or $180 5-17 years of age

July 20-24; TBA


Soccer Camp (Half/Full Day)

$90 or $180 5-17 years of age

July 27-31; TBA


Soccer Camp (Half/Full Day)

$90 or $180 5-17 years of age

August 10-14; TBA


Lady Pacer Basketball Camp

$125 7-16 years of age

June 15-19; 9:00am-4:00pm


Cheerleader Camp - Individual

$50 5 years of age and older

July 27-31;8:30am-12noon


Cheerleader Camp -Squads

$50 5 years of age and older

July 27-31;1:00pm-4:30pm