"The World Around Us"

October 3, 2000 was a historic occasion for the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center. The RPSEC broadcast "The World Around Us" from it's television studio located on the third floor of Westinghouse Hall. This year marks the sixth season of "The World Around Us". For its first five seasons, the show was broadcast from the Blackville Taping Center in Blackville, South Carolina.

Dr. Jeff Priest serves as host of the show, which is broadcast live the first Tuesday of most months from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. The premise of the show is to expose students to various jobs and vocations that are related to science or mathematics. Dr. Priest invites guests from all over South Carolina to come on the program to discuss or demonstrate what they do for a living. Guests not only talk about what they do for a living, they talk about the importance of staying in school and getting a good education.

Schools can receive the program by tuning into digital station 319. Students can call in their questions live during the broadcast by calling 1-888-521-7201. They can also e-mail their questions during the broadcast at

The 2001 schedule:

Tuesday, January 9, 2001 Mr. Bennie Smith, CSRA Engineering Society What does an Engineer Do?

Tuesday, February 6, 2001 Ms. Holly Storey, DHEC Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

Tuesday, March 6, 2001 Mr. Jeff Rucker, Televison Meterologist The Weather and You

Tuesday, April 17, 2001 Dr. Kutty Pariyadath, USCAiken Chemistry and Mystery

Tuesday, May 8, 2001 Ms. Stacia Fletcher, South Carolina Aquarium From the Mountains to the Sea


Science Education Enrichment Day 2000


Another successful SEED has taken place at USC Aiken. It has turned more than 1700 people into lovers of science and math. 125 willing and cheerful exhibitors provided interactive science and mathematics demonstrations to make this year's S.E.E.D. one of the best.

Please mark your calendars and spread the word that S.E.E.D. 2001 is tentatively scheduled for October 13, 2001. We have already begun to plan for the event. We hope to have new innovative ideas that will give our 17th-year celebration a new twist.

Conference Dates to Remember

NSTA St. Louis, MO March 22-25

NCTM (National) Orlando, FL April 4-7


NASA "WHY? Files 2000-2001 Series

SCETV, Channel 318

Program 3: The Case of the Electrical Mystery

Wednesday, February 14, 2001, 11am-noon ET

In this program, students are invited to actively join the tree house detectives at they investigate "The Case of the Electrical Mystery." The tree house detectives are baffled: "Why is the electricity in the tree house and why is the electricity off in all the houses on their block?" They accept the challenge to solve the problem of the "electrical mystery." Using scientific inquiry, our detectives determine the cause of the neighborhood "electrical mystery." In solving this case, our detectives learn about electricity and how it is generated; they also learn about electrical current, circuits, and distribution. While solving the case, the tree house detectives discover that the "electrical mystery" is not simply an "open" and "closed" case.

Program 4: The Case of the Challenging Flight

Wednesday, March 14, 2001, 11am-noon ET

In this program, students are invited to actively join the tree house detectives as students from a rival school challenge them to compete in a flight contest. The tree house detectives accept their rival's challenge to compete in the "design it, build it, and fly it" competition. Using scientific inquiry, our detectives design and build an airplane by using common household materials and learn about the four basic components of flight: lift, thrust, drag, and gravity. While building their airplane, the tree house detectives use what they've learned to design and build and "egg-tra-ordinary" flying machine.


NASA Connect 2000-2001 Series

Integrated Mathematics, Science, and Technology for Grades 5-8

SCETV, Channel 318

Program 3: Patterns, Functions and Algebra: Wired for Space

Thursday, February 15, 2001, 11-11:30am, ET

Without the aid of fuel, NASA researchers are developing new ways to propel a spacecraft already in orbit.

Program 4: Data Analysis and Measurement: Ahead, Above the Clouds

Thursday, March 15, 2001, 11-11:30am, ET

Predicting severe weather, tracing clouds, and monitoring pollutants in the air, NASA engineers and scientists are developing technologies to collect data that will help them better understand the Earth's climate.

Program 5: Functions and statistics: International Space Station (ISS): Up to Us

Ground-based research + space-based research = true science as international researchers anticipate working together on board the ISS.


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The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center Newsletter is a publication of the RPSEC for educators. The Center encompasses the CSRA HUB, CEET, Dupont Planetarium, and NRSMEEP. If you have any information that would be beneficial to the audience of this newsletter, or would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact Cindy Sparling, Editor, at (803) 641-3594. Deadline for submission in the next newsletter is March 3, 2001.  Copyright © 2000 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

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