Miscellaneous Information
Dupont Planetarium Goes to Venus

Venus is our closest neighbor in the solar system and is a planet that has been visited by a number of space probes launched from planet Earth. Magellan: Report from Venus will highlight some of the missions to Venus but will primarily focus on the major findings from the Magellan spacecraft, which is considered to be the most successful scientific venture to Venus. Because of the Venusian atmosphere, Magellan used radar imaging to produce photos of the surface of Venus. We will see these amazing images that help us to explore lava flows, impact craters, plate tectonics and an interesting formation that scientists nicknamed, "Gumby." We also will learn about the movement of Venus in our night sky, and the content of its atmosphere. Magellan's report from Venus will provide us with a unique look at the planet that is often called Earth's sister.

This new show will debut in March with additional presentations in April and July. Dupont Planetarium Membership Card holders will be invited to a special, free sneak-preview of the new show.

Annual Membership

For our repeat guests we have a special annual membership card. The fee for the card is $25 per year. The annual membership card enables admission for 1 adult named on the card plus six guest passes. The adult named on the card may attend unlimited programs for a year from the date of issue. Special free sneak previews of new shows are offered to our members.

Center of Excellence in Educational Technology Begins Year 3

The Center of Excellence in Educational Technology (CEET) is entering its third year. The Centers of Excellence program is sponsored by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. The major goal of the Centers of Excellence program is to enhance the preparation of preservice teachers. There are now twelve centers across South Carolina including centers at Clemson, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, Frances Marion, Furman, USC Columbia, USC Aiken, and Winthrop. Each Center focuses on a specific content area, therefore, the CEET focuses on the incorporation of educational technology. To meet the main goal of the Centers of Excellence program the CEET works with schools and colleges of education across the state.

This year, the CEET will hold two workshops for education faculty on how to incorporate educational technology. There will also be a meeting of educational technology leaders to discuss the present and future roles of technology in education. The CEET is sponsoring the Technology to Enrich Mathematics and Science (TEMS) program, for the second year, as aspect of the RPSEC student programs. The goal with this program is to offer educational technology to K-12 students and provide a hands-on environment for preservice teachers to work with students using technology.

A major focus of the CEET is also working with inservice teachers. Included here are graduate classes, the Mobile Instructional Computer Classroom (MICC) and a variety of workshop offerings. Dr. Gary Senn is the director of the CEET. Mr. John Hutchens is the Educational Technology Specialist and Dr. Thomas Smyth is the Director of Faculty Development.

Mobile Instructional Computer Classroom Available for Checkout

The Mobile Instructional Computer Classroom (MICC) is a classroom of 20 Macintosh PowerBook Computers. The MICC was funded by the RPSEC and the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and is administered by the Center of Excellence in Educational Technology. The computers have the following software: ClarisWorks, HyperStudio, Museum Madness, Field Trip To the Sea, Out Numbered, Math Blaster Mystery, and Decisions Decisions the Environment. There is not a printer available to send with the MICC.

The MICC is available for checkout to all schools in the CSRA Hub of South Carolina.

If you have used the MICC in the past:

Please contact Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at 641-3313 or send email to rpsec@aiken.sc.edu by September 8. We will send you scheduling information. The workshop described below is optional since you have already attended one.

If you have NOT used the MICC in the past:

In order to use the MICC in your classroom, you must attend a workshop on how to use and care for the Macintosh PowerBook computers.

A workshop is scheduled for Friday, September 10, 1999 from 4:30 - 5:30 and another for Tuesday, September 14 from 4:00 - 5:00. Please phone the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at 641-3313 or send email to rpsec@aiken.sc.edu by September 8, 1999 to reserve a spot in the workshop.

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Copyright © 1999 by the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina.

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
Center of Excellence in Educational Technology
University of South Carolina Aiken
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801

URL: http://rpsec.usca.edu/newsletter/Aug99/misc.html (August, 1999)