SCIENCE EDUCATION ENRICHMENT
General Information for Potenial Sponsors
What is S.E.E.D?
S.E.E.D. is a cooperative effort between public schools,
the Ruth Patrick Science Education
Center at USC-Aiken and the community to provide stimulating and
science experiences for upper elementary and middle school students. It
is a one day event that allows students to take a self-guided, hands-on
tour through a variety of motivating science activity stations. The
involves not only students, but also their parents, teachers,
engineers, medical personnel, and other related professionals.
Why is it beneficial?
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
science-related fields. It is also a participatory discipline which,
with technology, affects the daily lives of all people. Our primary
in sponsoring S.E.E.D. are to foster positive attitudes about science
to stimulate the natural curiosity about how and why things behave as
do. Another goal is to encourage the use of critical thinking skills in
problem solving situations. We believe that this can be done by
involving students as hypothesizers, discovers, and evaluators, not
How can you help?
We invite organizations to consider entering an exhibit in this unique
program. Your entry may exemplify some of the ways in which science or
technology is being applied in your everyday environment. You need not
have a detailed plan for an exihibit organized at this time. Just
indicate to us your interest and desire to participate by mailing the
Patrick Science Education Center a letter of intent. You can acquire a
letter by calling the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center and having
one mailed to you.
What are the details?
- Audience- Letters will be sent to local elementry and
inviting all interested students in grades 4 through 8 and thier
to attend the six hour event... Our goal is to involve at least 1,500
from the CSRA. Although students will have the opportunity to assist in
preparing school exhibits, sponsors will come from a variety of
Some of these are listed elsewhere in this bulletin. We are also
that local teachers will attend, as the staff development opportunies
- Types of Activities- An entry may be related to science
the following ways:
Topics- Topics may span across any of the fields of
technology. Many everyday applications of science and technology may be
used as springboards to develop interactive display for students. Since
science is so basic, the possibilities are limitless.
Past Exhibits and Sponsors- Some examples of popular
the students during the past events are listed below along with the
- Science Careers
- Science Experiments in Content Areas
- Science Applications to Real World Situations.
- Illustration of Science Principles or Concepts.
- Science Fair Projects/Student Research.
- Mathematical Applications.
Modes of Presentation- Activity stations should be
visually appealing, safe, and should clearly involve a science or math
related concept or skill. Activity stations may be set up so that a
can perform the activity independently, by reading a clearly displayed
set of directions or with the assistance of a research person. The
may involve a small group of students or it may be individual. We are
by space and must make special arrangemens for large groups activies.
below are some categories into which an entry may fall:
- Inhabitants of the Upper Three Runs - Savannah River Ecology Lab
- StarLab Planetarium-Jefferson Elementary School
- Chemistry Demonstrations- ATC & USCA Chemistry Departments
- Paper Making- Kimberly-Clark Corporation
- Color Your Paper- Clariant Corporation
- Robotics at SRS- Savanah River Technology Center
- Minerals and Fossils- Aiken Gem and Mineral Society
- Glassblowing- Savannah River Lab (Retiree)
- Fun with Mathematics- USCA Mathematics Department
- Radiation and You- American Nuclear Society
- The Chemistry of Fire- Aiken Public Safety Department
Location and Space Reqiurement- most stations will be
the Student Activities Building at USC-Aiken. Each booth should be
to a 6-ft. by 6-ft. space unless prior approval is obtained. Each
will automatically be supplied with one table (30" x72") unless
arrangement is requested.
Resources for Sponsors- We are hoping to involve not
and colleges, but also science related professionals from business and
industries. Below are examples fo the groups or individuals we hope to
- Manipulative Model
- Computer Simulation
- Student Performed Experiment/Activity
- Display Only
- Contest or Game
- Video Presentation (films, slides, videos)
Time and Date- The event has been scheduled for
October 8, 2005, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Registration for
begin at 8:00 am on October 8th. Visitors may begin registration at
am and the doors will open at 10:00 am to the exhibit areas. Exhibit
will have an opportunity to set up displays on the preceding afternoon,
Friday, October 7th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
- Schools- all levels
- Local Industries
- University Staff
- Retirees from Various Science Fields
- State and Local Government Agencies
- Individuals, Teachers and Students
- Media Centers
- Science Vendors
- Science Centers
- Science Clubs
- Professional Science Groups
- Health Care Organizations
If there are questions about S.E.E.D. please contact:
• John Hutchens
641-3474 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright © 2005 by the Board of Trustees of the University
of South Carolina.
URL: http://rpsec.usca.sc.edu/ /RPSEC/seed/seed98QA.html (August,
Ruth Patrick Science Education
Center of Excellence in Educational
University of South Carolina Aiken
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801