The CSRA Regional Science Fair to be held at USC Aiken

CSRA Regional Science Fair will be held at USCA this year. Qualifying projects will be set up in the gym of the Student Activities Building on March 20 and judged on March 21. See your science teacher for more information. Hope to see you there.

Lazer Vaudeville

How do you get your students excited about science and technology? Add the mystery of lasers, black light illusions, superlative juggling, acrobatics, and zany comedy. Come to the Etherredge Center Feb. 17, 2000. School performances will be at 9:30 am and 12:00 noon. (Curriculum-based study guide and lesson plan available.) There will be an evening performance at 7:00 pm. Call Etherredge Center Box Office for reservations and tickets (803) 641-3305.

South Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Mathematics Contest

Grades 3, 5, and 6

SCCTM announces its 3rd state-wide mathematics competition! Give your students the opportunity to compete with others in their grade level across the state. This contest will consist of both individual and team events. It will be a fun way to involve ALL kids, and it will give them some practice with large testing situations. Every classroom will have a winner and results will be announced in The Mathmate.

Every school that registers will receive one packet per grade level containing questions, procedures for administration, scoring rubrics, and winner certificates. Each school may then copy the packet for each 3rd, 5th, and/or 6th grade classroom. In addition, the school will be responsible for making copies for all participating students. Packets will be mailed by February 1 to the teacher contact listed on the registration form. The contest will be administered by the teachers on site between February 15 and May 15.

For more information, contact: Hope Florence, Department of Mathematics, College of Charleston. Phone: 843-953-5635, fax: (843)953-5798, e-mail  

National Science Teachers Association Exploravision Awards


ExploraVision is a competition for students of all interest, skill, and ability levels in grades K-12. Entrants must be United States or Canadian citizens or legal residents, living within the United States, U.S. Territories, or Canada. The purpose of the competition is to encourage students to combine their imaginations with the tools of science to create and explore a vision of a future technology.

To prepare an entry, students work in groups of two, three or four, simulating Research and Development (R&D) teams, along with a team coach and an optional mentor. Each team selects a technology, or an aspect of a technology, that is present in the home, school, and/or community or any other technology relevant to their lives. For example, they may choose something as simple as a pencil or as complex as a quantum computer. They will explore what the technology does, how it works, and how, when, and why it was invented. The students must then project into the future what that technology could be like 20 years from now. Finally, they must convey their vision to others through both a written description and five graphics simulating web pages.

All inventions and innovations result from creative thinking and problem solving. When looking for ideas, have students look at the tools and technologies they use every day. Identify a problem that current technology does not solve, then imagine possible solutions. Encourage original ideas and creative approaches.

There will be Prizes for all who enter. Four first place team members will receive a $10,000 savings bond. For more information contact 1-800-EXPLOR-9 or E-mail

1999-2000 Sigma XI

Outstanding Science or Mathematics Teacher Award

The CSRA Chapter of Sigma Xi is seeking nominations for outstanding teachers of science/mathematics at the middle and high school levels. Teachers selected for the award receive a $100 stipend and a plaque honoring their achievement to be presented at the annual Sigma Xi meeting in April/May. Teachers interested in applying for the award need to submit a letter of application, a vita, and three letters of recommendation (at least one from a school administrator and one from a teaching colleague) to Dr. Jeff Priest, Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801; (803) 641-3594.

Application deadline is January 15, 2000

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