Mountain News

Laser Days Of Summer Is Back At Roper Mountain Science Center | July 2019

Back by popular demand starting July 18 are the Laser Days Of Summer laser shows in the Hooper Planetarium at Roper Mountain Science Center.

Chart-topping musical artists and genres that appeal to all musical tastes will be featured, including Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Pop, 80’s, 90’s and more. With more than thirty shows in just nine days, the Laser Days Of Summer is the only indoor experience in South Carolina that offers the variety to satisfy everyone in your family or friend group in a cool place to escape the summer heat.

“We were excited to test this special event last summer and were overwhelmed by the popular response from visitors to and residents of the Upstate,” said Executive Director, Michael Weeks. “We invested in brand new, state-of-the-art digital technology to enhance the visual experience guests will have at the laser shows this year and are looking forward to everyone checking it out – if they can still get a ticket!”

Roper Mountain’s Hooper’s Planetarium features a 360-degree full immersion dome, 4K projection, state-of-the-art lighting and dynamic 5.1 surround sound. It is the only publicly accessible, full dome within 100 miles of Greenville and serves the largest audience of any planetarium in South Carolina.

Show offerings include:
• That 80’s Laser Show
• That 90’s Laser Show
• Laser Beatles
• The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
• Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin
• Queen
• Stranger Things
• Movie Madness
• Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
• Pink Floyd: The Wall

Laser Days Of Summer is here from Thursday, July 18, until Friday, Aug. 3. Admission is: $8 per person and $4 for Roper Mountain Science Center members.


4th Annual Butterfly Adventure Returns to Roper Mountain Science Center | May 2019

Returning for the fourth year on Tuesday, June 11, is the ever-popular Butterfly Adventure, featuring a unique experience as hundreds of butterflies surround visitors within the natural rainforest habitat at Roper Mountain Science Center.

Butterfly Adventure provides guests the opportunity to interact with hundreds of native butterflies as they flutter, dip and soar around the tropical foliage. “In addition to enjoying over a dozen different species of Southeastern butterflies, there will also be a multitude of interactive activities and displays for guests to explore while visiting us to ensure each person enjoys their butterfly experience to the fullest,” Roper Mountain Science Center Director Michael Weeks noted. 

Dozens of hands-on activities and adventure around the lower part of the mountain await. A sampling of
happenings for visitors of ALL ages include:
• Explore the fascinating life cycle of butterflies and caterpillars while observing them progressing through their various stages of transformation, and discover other unique insects in the Rainforest Classroom
• Interact with a variety of live animals including snakes, lizards, and much more while learning about South Carolina habitats
• Create a number of make-and-take butterfly crafts
• Become immersed in mysterious worlds through Virtual Reality explorations in the Paleo and Marine Labs
• Discover the importance of our oceans and interact with marine animals while visiting the Marine Lab Aquariums and Touch Tanks
• Contribute to the Pollinator Mobile art installation
• Design and test a butterfly in the Ecology Lab Wind Tunnels
• Take a break outdoors in the fun and shaded WildWood play area
• Wander through the beautiful outdoor Butterfly Garden and Arboretum
• Be challenged in special Breakout Games on Fridays and Saturdays
• Partake in Cockroach Races and Eat-a-Bug Club Special Events on Saturdays
• Travel back in time and explore the buildings and gardens of the Living History Farm and participate in a variety of family-friendly activities, including panning for gems

Butterfly Adventure is open from June 11 until July 12, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed only on the 4 th of July. Admission is: $8 for teens and adults (ages 13-59); $7 for children (ages 4-12) and for senior citizens (age 60 and over). Free for children age 3 and under, Roper Mountain
Science Center members, and school district employees. All activities are included in the general admission to the Center.


Space Day at Roper Mountain Science Center | March 2019

Come explore the moon and beyond for Space Day at Roper Mountain Science Center on Saturday, March 9. This Second Saturday event brings together a collaboration with NASA and other organizations from across South Carolina to showcase interactive exhibits and hands-on activities that will inspire, awe and motivate you to catch the bold vision of aviators and space explorers from the past, present and future! There will be something for all ages.

Roper Mountain is also excited to announce the official opening of the Sun, Earth, Universe exhibit – only one of 52 locations chosen to host this exhibit. This engaging and interactive museum exhibition about Earth and Space Science was developed with a collaboration between NASA and the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net).

Space Day is supported by NASA Headquarters (Washington, DC), NASA Solar System Ambassadors, South Carolina Space Grant Consortium, Clemson University, Greenville Downtown Airport, Greenville Technical College, ShareSpace Foundation, University of South Carolina Upstate, Embry Riddle Aeronautics-Worldwide, Purdue Club Upstate SC, Wade Hampton High School, Byrnes High School Honors Aviation, and the Western Carolina Remote Control Skyhawks.

Space Day activities for visitors of all ages include:

• Featured NASA speaker, Jonathan Krezel, Enterprise Integration Manager, Exploration Systems Development (ESD), NASA Headquarters (Washington, DC) will be presenting “Explore as One - Big Universe • Brave People • Bold Ships” at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.
• SC Space Grant Consortium Moon Rocks – lunar and meteorite samples.
• You Be The Pilot with Flight Simulators from Byrnes High School Honors Aviation.
• See aviation maps, aircraft equipment and how Greenville Downtown Airport monitors aircraft all over the world with an iPad.
• USC Upstate students will help you explore light, experience the expanding universe, make a pocket solar system,and much more with and hands-on activities from the National Informal Stem Education Network (NISE Net).
• Clemson University Physics and Astronomy Department will show a tabletop comet, emission spectra, and more.
• Greenville Technical College Aviation Maintenance and Embry Riddle Aeronautics- Worldwide demonstrates a Gyroscope Suitcase, Bernoulli’s principle trainer, eddy current display, and a Turbine Ignition System. Visitors will design circuits and learn how to use electrical meters to measure current, voltage and resistance.
• Join a NASA Solar System Ambassador and build and test a Lunar Lander.
• Blast off with our model rocket launches (approx. every 15 minutes) and test your own rocket balloon.
• Find “hidden” images on the moon with Purdue Club of Upstate SC.
• Visit the Space Discovery Lab with Wade Hampton High’s FIRST Robotics Team 283, Build orbit crafts, straw rockets and more.
• The Giant Mars Map will let visitors walk on Mars and learn about the planet’s surface.

• Western Carolina Remote Control Club will be flying fixed wing helicopters and drones on the Living History Farm.
• Skilled astronomers will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss telescopes with solar viewing at the Daniel Observatory.
• Enjoy additional activities across Roper Mountain on our Living History Farm.
• Astronaut – a 30-minute planetarium show in the Hooper Planetarium: discover what it takes to become an Astronaut. Show times: 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm (30 Minutes).
• Resident Dogs, Chick Fil-A and Snow Castle food will be available for purchase.

Space Day hours 9:00am to 3:00pm. Last tickets are sold at 1:30pm. Admission is: $8 for teens and adults (ages 13-59); $7 for children (ages 4-12) and for senior citizens (age 60 and over). Free for children age 3 and under, RMSC members, and school district employees. All events are included in the general admission to the Center.

Parking is free and in the main parking lot. Buses are available to provide transportation around the mountain continuously.

The second Saturday of select months provides an opportunity for the public to visit the learning spaces throughout Roper Mountain. This is a great occasion to enjoy experiences similar to those which engage students during the weekday lessons held in the center’s classrooms and labs. The Living History Farm, Harrison Hall of Natural Sciences, Planetarium, Observatory, and Symmes Hall of Science all provide stimulating activities for fun and learning. Many Second Saturdays showcase special events or themes based on fascinating topics in science, health, and social studies.


STEMFest – Explore, Invent, Create! | February 2019

Explore, invent and create the world of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) that shapes our everyday lives at STEMFest 2019, a Roper Mountain Second Saturday event. Roper Mountain Science Center, local engineers, and professionals will celebrate all things STEAM with fun-filled hands-on activities for all ages including 3D printing, robots, power-tool drag races, coding, the science of music, making polymers and much more! STEMFest takes place at Roper Mountain Science Center on Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

STEMFest 2019 is supported by community partners Greenville Water, Fluor, Michelin, Duke Energy, General Electric, ScanSource, Greenville Drive, ACE Mentor Program of the Upstate, AFL, BMW, Computer Source, Clemson University Emag!ne, DRUM Percussion Studio, Fisher Middle School, East North Street Academy students, iMagine Upstate, Clemson 4-H Extension, Synergy Mill, and the EnTech 281 Grenvillians Robotics Teams.

A sampling of STEM events throughout the day for visitors of ALL ages: