Science Education Enrichment Day


Science Education Enrichment Day (SEED) is a cooperative effort between Aiken County public schools, USC Aiken, the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, and the community to provide stimulating, relevant science experiences for upper elementary and middle school students. It is a one day event which allows students to take a self-guided, hands-on tour through a variety of motivating science activity stations. The event involves not only students, but also their parents, teachers, scientists, engineers, medical personnel and other science related professionals.

Science is a problem solving tool and must be presented as such if we wish, first of all, to produce a society of scientifically literate citizens, and secondly, to interest potential future scientists in pursuing science related careers. It is also a participatory discipline which, along with technology, affects the daily lives of all people. Our primary goals in sponsoring SEED are to foster positive attitudes about science and to stimulate the natural curiosity about how and why things behave as they do. Another goal is to encourage the use of critical thinking skills in problem-solving situations. We believe that this can be done by actively involving students as hypothesizers, discoverers, and evaluators; not merely as spectators.

Letters will be sent to local elementary and middle schools inviting all interested students in grades 4 through 8 and their parents to attend the four hour event. Our goal is to involve at least 1500 students from the CSRA. We are also hopeful that local teachers will attend, as the staff development opportunities will be numerous.

The annual event is scheduled for Saturday, October 22, 1994, from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Registration for visitors begins at 9:45 AM. There is no cost for attending SEED. Please contact Gwen Johnson (803) 648-6851, ext. 3552 for more information.



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