AIKEN, SC (WFXG) - The 32nd Annual S.E.E.D (Science Education Enrichment Day) will be October 7, at the University of South Carolina Aiken from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
During the free event, participants will celebrate innovations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). S.E.E.D goers will roam the campus, visiting the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center and other sites on the USC Aiken campus as student groups, regional corporations, museums, government agencies, educators, and national labs join forces to present engaging hands-on activities for guests of all ages. Activities include: making slime, getting up close with an alligator, making an edible earth parfait, cracking geodes, making paper, and driving a championship robot or traveling through outer space.
"With the goal of increasing awareness of the role of science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) in society, and conveying the joy of STEM we plan this event each year to give young learners 'up close and personal' interaction with real-world scientists, engineers and other technical professionals," said John Hutchens, director of special programs at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center.
"S.E.E.D. organizers recognize that as a society we must continue to excite and engage families about STEM fields."
The theme for this year's event "Explore, Discover, Imagine" was selected because organizers hope to increase the natural curiosity of children to help promote the critical role of science and other STEM career fields.
Highlights of the 32nd Annual S.E.E.D. include:
-More than 60 hands on exhibits, activities and stage performances;
-Archaeological Society of SC - Fall Field Day;
-Exhibitors such as the Wacky Science Lab, Aiken Beekeepers, American Nuclear Society, Sumo Robot League, Charleston Fossil Adventures, EdVenture, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions and more;
-Demonstrations of technologies and intriguing science including robotics, nuclear power, flight, carnivorous plants, biodiversity and much more.
S.E.E.D. is proud to be an Affiliate Festival of the USA Science & Engineering Festival held in Washington D.C. Along with S.E.E.D., organizers of the USA Science & Engineering Festival hope to have a million people join in similar events across the nation, and the best part—it's all free.
The event at USC Aiken is presented each year by the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, working closely with Aiken County Public Schools.
Sponsors for S.E.E.D. include: Savannah River Nuclear Solutions; Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness; SRS Community Reuse Organization; Southern Nuclear; SRP Federal Credit Union; Kimberly-Clark; SC Cyber; WJBF; the Aiken Standard; WBBQ, Bull 105.7, with additional support from the Project Management Institute (PMI), Innovative Solutions, Jeff and Ellen Priest, Fran White, USCA Dining Services and USC Aiken.