STEMFest – Build Together! | February 2020
Join us as we build the future of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) together and celebrate the construction of our new Environmental Science and Sustainabilty facility. Come explore science and technology that shapes our everyday lives at STEMFest 2020, the first Roper Mountain Second Saturday event of 2020. Roper Mountain, local engineers and professionals will explore all things STEAM with fun-filled, hands-on activities for all ages including Virtual Reality (VR), 3D printing, robotics, soldering, coding, the science of music, manufacturing technology, making polymers and much more! STEMFest takes place at Roper Mountain on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
STEMFest 2020 is supported by community partners ABB, AFL, BMW Manufacturing, Computer Source, Clemson University Emag!ne, Craig Gaulden Davis Architects, DRUM Percussion Studio, Duke Energy, East North Street Academy, EnTech 281 GreenVillians Robotics Teams, Fisher Middle School, Fluor, General Electric, Greenville Drive, Greenville Early College Program, Greenville Water, Harper Construction, iMagine Upstate, Michelin, ReCraft, Synergy Mill, Upstate SC STEM Collaborative, and ZF Transmissions.
A sampling of STEM events throughout the day for visitors of ALL ages:
- Fluor will provide engineering challenges to make circuits, instant snow, acids and bases, and more. Learn what engineers do, draw a floor plan of your house, and take the bridge design challenge.
- Greenville Water: Build a water system! Join Greenville Water staff to see how drinking water is tested and take a virtual journey of our water systems.
- Explore automotive robotic technology and automated guided vehicles (AGV), take the Circuit Challenge with BMW, and spin the prize wheel.
- Build together with Michelin as you become the engineer, building with Legos from engineering drawings. See the latest products designed and engineered right here in Greenville.
- Explore a world of light with AFL with hands-on demonstrations of the properties of light and its usage in fiber optic cables.
- ABB Powers the Party: Use your own mechanical energy to power a party, examine intricate patterns sound waves form in salt, get hands-on with viscosity and see if you are powerful enough to lift a large weight (with a physics trick!)
- Gear up to race around the world with ZF Transmissions’ people-powered slot car racers! Create electricity by pedaling a bicycle to power a slot car around our world. Get an inside view of an automotive transmission and shift gears yourself.
- Build a future city and become an architect! Imagine and build a city by designing a unique structure. Help develop buildings, roads, bridges, and more to populate a future Greenville with CGD Architects.
- Build with GE! You will become an engineer in the GE design center.
- Join together with Clemson University’s School of Engineering EMAG!NE and Makerspace Club to demo projects, equipment, and virtual reality (VR).
- Interactively explore the digital world of modern construction with Harper Construction and take a virtual tour of our new Enviornmental Science and Sustainablity Center.
- EnTech 281 GreenVillians FIRST Robotics Teams – check out their cool big robot demonstrations! Shows are ongoing in the Hipp Auditorium.
- ComputerSource, 3D Printers TOO! will showcase a host of 3D printers and the latest 3D printing technology.
- Make a scribble bot, build a candy car and more with iMAGINE Upstate and Upstate SC STEM Collaborative at their creative STEAM stations.
- Synergy Mill: Learn to solder with make and take projects.
- Make It, Take It Challenge! with Greenville’s new ReCraft Creative Reuse Center using local, upcycled materials.
- Go Full STEAM Ahead with DRUM Percussion Studio’s hands-on, STEAM Discovery stations. Produce sounds, compose and play your own rhythms, learn about the engineering that produces instruments, and explore the techy side of music production.
- Fisher Middle School and Greenville Early College Program will share their unique projects including a microshelter, robots and more!
- Take the Rolling Down Hill: Civil Engineering Design Challenge with East North Street Academy’s (ENSA) Girls Loving Science (Sponsored by Michelin) to design landscaping to stop erosion.
- Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit with Greenville Drive mascot REEDY RIP’IT and have a chance to win a Greenville Drive prize pack (4 tickets and merchandise).
- Visit some of nature’s builders including live animals in our Harrison Hall labs and Marine Lab touch tanks.
- On the Living History Farm our woodworkers will be instructing visitors on the use of historic tools and techniques used by our ancestors. The blacksmiths will also be busy crafting tools, nails and more..
- View the sun (weather permitting) and enjoy additional activities in The Daniel Observatory.
- Cluck, Squeal and Friends food truck and Chick Fil-A food is available for purchase.
STEMFest Second Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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.
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
• Stranger Things
• Movie Madness
• Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
• Pink Floyd: The Wall
• POP ROX!
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
• 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
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:
- Greenville Water staff will teach visitors how water works by showing how they test your drinking water and guide a virtual tour of how water is collected, treated, and distributed by a typical drinking water utility.
- Fluor will provide engineering challenges to make circuits, polymers, acids and bases, and more. Learn what engineers do and take their bridge design challenge.
- GE will let you explore, create and invent to become the engineer in the GE design center. Try your hand at designing a device to withstand the destructive forces of the Smasher!
- Explore automotive technology and automated guided vehicles (AGV) and take the circuit challenge with BMW!
- Meet Michelin engineers to build and test a bridge made of LEGOS!
- Explore a world of light with AFL, with hands-on demonstrations of the properties of light and its usage in fiber optic cables.
- ScanSource will take you on a high-tech scavenger hunt! Use their remote-camera technology to find the hidden objects around Roper Mountain.
- Test your engineering skills with staff and students from Clemson University’s School of Engineering EMAG!NE.
- EnTech 281 Greenvillians FIRST Robotics Teams will feature cool, big robot demonstrations! Show times in the Hipp Auditorium at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.
- ComputerSource, 3D Printers TOO! will showcase a host of 3D printers and the latest 3D printing technology.
- Test custom (FTC) First Tech Challenge Robots with EnTech teams and learn about FIRST robotics and their exciting competitions.
- Coding is Cool! Come enjoy various coding activities for all ages with the iMAGINE Upstate team & 4-H Science On The Move.
- STEAM Tech Teams will show how they can hack the mind through magic and will let you explore 3D design with 3D modeling so you can and get a rocket ship.
- Explore paper structures with ACE (Architecture, Construction & Engineering) Mentor Program of the Upstate.
- Power tool drag racing with Synergy Mill, Greenville’s original makerspace. Come participate with some creatively modified electric-corded power tools and compete in a brief, wild, semi-controlled flight down a two-lane plywood track, ending with a dramatic finish!
- Use Hot Wheels cars and tracks to learn about forces and motion from the students of East North Street Academy (ENSA). Our Girls Loving Science Club – sponsored by Michelin – of 4 th and 5 th grade girls will help visitors create and test a variety of tracks to learn about how objects move.
- Go Full STEAM Ahead with DRUM Percussion Studio’s hands-on stations connecting percussion to STEM! Produce sounds, compose and play your own rhythms, learn about the engineering that produces instruments, and explore the techy side of music production by programming your own beats.
- Fisher Middle School will share their unique projects including; a microshelter, an arcade game, robots and more!
- Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit with Greenville Drive mascot REEDY RIP’IT from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and have a chance to win a Greenville Drive prize pack (four tickets and merchandise).
- On the Living History Farm see blacksmithing, woodworking, hearth cooking, and test some gears.
- Be SustainABLE with USC Upstate students and get hands-on with sustainable solutions to many of our planet’s biggest challenges. Roll marbles to decide how to share “water” resources, try to build sustainable “cities” out of blocks, discover the surprising materials that are used to create green products, and more!
- Planetarium show Habitat Earth at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
- View the sun (weather permitting) and enjoy additional activities in The Daniel Observatory.
- Automatic Taco and Snow Castle food trucks and Chick Fil-A food available for purchase.
- Meet NASA Langley Aerospace Engineer John R. Micol and experience NASA’s Journey to Mars Mission!
- GE Aviation hosts a Paper Airplane Design Challenge
- See and touch an actual Space Shuttle Tire with Michelin Engineers and learn about Michelin’s rich history in aviation
- Columbia Challenger Center will have flight simulator software and small robots on hand for visitors to test
- Visit our “Rocket Playground” to test rocket balloons, stomp rockets, pump rockets, and watch model rocket launches
- Straw rocket design challenges for all ages
- Clemson Nanomaterials Center hosts hands on nanoscience activities and demonstrations
- East North Street Academy will allow visitors to conduct a meteorite crater drop
- Make and take your own Dipper Finders, Spinning Copters, and observe how one substance can act as a solid and a liquid as you mix Galaxy Oobleck!
- Greenville Technical College Aviation Maintenance demonstrates a Gyroscope Suitcase, Ignition Systems, and other flight controls. Plus children will design a circuit and learn how to use electrical meters to measure current, voltage and resistance.
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University undergraduate Aerodynamics class includes airfoil theory and calculation of speed, drag and basic aircraft performance criteria. Get a sample of this class by choosing the winning wing design before you launch two model planes.
- Meet aerospace engineer Ted Christian who worked at the Johnson Space Center in Houston
- PARI offers AstroSurf with Smiley: Take data with a 4.6m radio telescope located in North Carolina! You are in charge of observing radio emissions from neutral hydrogen in our galaxy!
- Join USCYAA (the Upstate SC Youth Aviators Association) in building radio controlled model airplanes out of foam board and to learn about many aspects of aviation, ranging from radio controlled to sailplanes to famous warbirds. This is an exciting, hands-on, STEM activity targeted at high school and mature middle school students to educate them about aviation.
- Western Carolina Remote Control Club with fixed wing helicopters and drones flying on the Living History Farm plus make and take your own kites
- Experience Asheville Star Trek Club, The USS Alaric
- Skilled amateur astronomers will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss telescopes with solar viewing outside the Daniel Observatory
- Fluor will provide Engineering Challenges to make circuits, polymers, acids and bases and more! Learn what engineers do and take their bridge design challenge!
- Making Future Engineers! GE and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) help you become the engineer in the GE design center!
- Explore fiber optic technology with AFL Global scientist and “race” to make a power grid!
- IT2Pi will showcase an array of technologies, including Raspberry Pi, home automation with Arduinos and a demo of the Google Glass!
- Meet Michelin tire designers and explore computer aided drafting and design with LEGOs!
- Make a unique steel Valentine’s Day project with Clemson School of Engineering and EMAGINE!!
- Roper Mountain Makerspace!!!- BE the maker! Explore littleBits circuits, design and test a Mars Lander, make a holographic viewer and more with Roper Mountain Staff and kVA USA.
- FIRST Robotics Team 283, The Generals- Check out their cool BIG robot demonstration!!
- STEAM Tech Teams will demonstrate 3D printers, prosthetic hands, quadcopters and other state of the art technologies!
- Greenville Technical College will exhibit their STEM programs such as Mechanical Engineering, Construction Technology, Automotive Technology, Aircraft Technology and more!
- iMagine Upstate and the Upstate SC STEM Collaborative will team up for unique Maker Design Challenges! Build a Gumdrop Bridge or use your creativity to construct a custom backscratcher.
- J Harley Bonds Career Center will be bringing the NAO humanoid robot! A must see!
- East North Street Academy students will collaborate with you to explore force and motion and by building crash vehicles to keep raw eggs (yes! raw eggs…!) safe in a collision.
- Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit with Greenville Drive mascot REEDY RIP’IT! The DRIVE will also be on hand to give away cool prizes!
- Spheros! You've seen it in Star Wars,, now come play with this cool new robotic technology!
- Drone demos will take place at various locations across the mountain.
- Great Backyard Bird Count- Be a citizen scientist and learn to identify and count birds for this annual event.
- On the Living History Farm see weaving, blacksmithing, hearth cooking, go on a simple machine scavenger hunt, test your strength with pulleys, and make something sweet for your Valentine in the schoolhouse!
- Food provided by Automatic Taco Food Truck and PDQ!!!
- Activities will be ongoing in the Marine Lab, Tropical Rainforest, Daniel Observatory, and the T.C. Hooper Planetarium.
STEMFest Second Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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.
Roper Mountain Selected As Charitable Recipient of BMW Charity Pro-Am | January 2019
Roper Mountain Science Center has been selected as one of four charities to receive funds from this year’s BMW Charity Pro-Am, taking place in June. More information on how to get involved or purchase tickets to the event to lend your support to Roper Mountain will be available soon.
Get Your Kids Into Astronomy! Here Are The 10 Reasons Why | January 2019
Thank you to our guest contributor, Jason Cook, for submitting this piece. Friday Starry Nights returns to the Hooper Planetarium Friday, Jan. 11 with two new shows – Legends Of The Night Sky: Orion and Exploding Universe. Please view our Friday Starry Nights page to see show times and to purchase your tickets in advance.
The universe is a vast and complex place. There is so much to discover and so many beautiful phenomena involving the cosmos to enjoy. Being under the stars gives children a feeling of bewilderment, a sense of excitement, and a thirst for adventure that can only be quenched through knowledge.
Here are 10 reasons why you should get your kids into astronomy.
1. Astronomy promotes quality time with your young ones
As parents, you may be in constant pressure to look for activities that you and your kids can bond over. What better way to spend time with them than teaching them about the sun, the stars, and the solar system?
Start piquing their interest by showing them pictures of exciting astronomical events this year. It is an activity that the whole family can look forward to and enjoy!
2. Astronomy reduces screen time
With all the technological distractions around kids nowadays, it is sometimes a grueling battle to get them off their devices and focus on things that matter. Do you want your kids to spend more time outside of the house? Try camping maybe?
Astronomy can be a tool to having your kids turn off those devices, go outside, look up, and gaze at the beauty above. You can even buy them a kid’s telescope!
3. Astronomy promotes curiosity
What lies beyond earth? How do stars form? Is there life beyond our planet? These are some of the questions that could start a very lengthy but informative discussion with your kids.
Astronomy trains them to think, ask questions, and discover the wonders of the universe.
4. Astronomy sparks interest in science
As kids, we were fascinated with the solar system long before we gained interest in the human body or in the chemical composition of substances. Some would put posters of the Milky Way above their beds and dream about traveling into the outer space.
Astronomy could be a building block to having them explore other branches of science. Through Astronomy, kids realize that science can be entertaining too.
5. Astronomy can be a rewarding career path
Although not known to many, the field of Astronomy can be a career. Most astronomers would go towards the direction of teaching but some become observational astronomers.
According to the American Astronomical Society, the average salary range for senior professors is between $80,000 – $100,000 for 9 to 10 months of work. This can be a good career option for stargazers and astronomy lovers. This way, they can also influence future generations to develop the love for the cosmos.
6. Astronomy is fun
Most children if not all, are fascinated with Astronomy without even knowing it yet. They may just like looking at the twinkling stars in the night sky or incessantly talk about the big bang theory.
Kids like discovering the unknown; the planets, stars, galaxies and extraterrestrial life are among the topics that could captivate any child.
7. Astronomy gives children a better concept of the larger scheme of life
As the popular saying goes, “We are but a mere speck of dust in this vast universe.” Learning about the cosmos is a way for children to open their minds about everything around them.
It is a humbling experience to know that humanity is just a small piece of a large and complex puzzle.
8. Astronomy impacts everyday living
Not known to many, we have influences of astronomy all around us. Weather prediction, chronology, and navigation are some of the astronomy-related fields that have an impact on our everyday lives.
Kids will have a feast day over these fun facts and would have a better understanding of how things work. They could even develop a deeper sense of appreciation for day-to-day tools!
9. Astronomy tells a story about our past
Astronomy gives children a sneak peek on how our ancestors have lived their lives. People from long ago used the position of the stars and sun to navigate.
Now, we may have modern advancements in technology but the concept is still the same. This provides them a good vision on how the world has evolved into becoming the world they now know.
10. Astronomy is vital to our future
Understanding Astronomy will give children the idea of what’s more to come and what can be achieved. There are so many untapped territories related to Astronomy that are yet waiting to be discovered. It is a vast universe that we live in – the possibilities are limitless!
The universe always has a sense of mystery full of the unknown. Its depths and extensiveness is something that we can only hope to understand. Kids are curious, uninhibited, and creative by nature. Astronomy is a great way to connect their inquisitive minds to the wondrous things around them.
Surely, once you talk to kids about Astronomy, you will never be short of gasps, giggles, and awes!
Harrison Hall of Natural Science Renovation | October 2017
The Harrison Hall of Natural Science at Roper Mountain Science Center is getting a makeover! The building, the main part of which was constructed in 1978, will be completely overhauled with a new entry, windows, floors, roof and support systems.
The renovation also includes a reworking of the Marine Lab with new tanks and exhibits. “The Marine Lab will re-open with an expanded focus on the coral reef and the food web,” said Michael Weeks, Director of Roper Mountain. “We’ll also have improved touch tanks, and we are looking forward to the possibility of adding some new aquatic residents into the mix.”
The Harrison Hall of Natural Science is scheduled to re-open in spring 2018.
Superhero Science Second Saturday | October 2017
Superheroes are amazing! But what does it take to be a Superhero? What kind of powers do you need to stop the “villains”? Find out using the power of science, art and engineering! Don’t forget to bring your Superhero look or make up your own, dress up and participate in our costume contest!
Join us for fun-filled hands-on activities and experiences for all ages. Superhero Science! takes place at Roper Mountain Science Center on Saturday October 14th from 9AM to 3PM. Community partners include; Upstate SC Superheroes, Clemson University EMAG!NE, and Richard’s Comics, This unique experience will allow visitors of all ages to explore the science and art behind superheroes!
A sampling of events throughout the Day:
• Bring on your best Superhero look at our Costume Contest at 1:00pm - 8 & Under, 9-12, 13-18 yrs. Prizes given for Most Creative and Most Original costume!
• See our Super-Powered Science Show! Join Joe Blizzard, our resident superhero-in-training on his journey to use science to find his superpowers! Shows at 10:30am, 11:30am and 2:00pm
• Build a Bat-Mobile- Be the Hero! Design a Bat-mobile out of Legos that will save the people and travel the fastest.
• Insects have superpowers too! Are you stronger than a Bess Beetle? Explore the relationship between strength and body size.
• Tony Stark’s Circuit Workshop- Become a circuit genius! Experience squishy circuits and explore your skills with Snap circuits.
• Animal Superpower Lab- Get hands-on and discover the abilities of some of our truly super animals. Compare your abilities with theirs!
• Making the (Wo)man of Steel with Clemson University EMAG!NE- Help protect the superhero's "tile" by designing a custom armor made from everyday materials. Test your superhero armor on the villainous Impactor.
• Design your own character mask and make a “Hero-Pop.”
• Green Screen Photo Booth- Put yourself in the action! Have your photo taken in the Superhero Universe! Free! Photos uploaded digitally to Facebook.
• Richard's Comics- Are you Marvel or DC? We’ve got both! Meet local artists Mel Rivera and Kayla Leonard.
• Be the Antman- Make a design and use scientific powers to shrink it! • Can your skills stretch to the limit? Make and test a stretchy Elastigirl polymer.
• Test your archery skills in Green Arrow’s Archery Zone. • Observe the sun with Roper Mountain Astronomers in the Daniel Observatory.
• SC Upstate Heroes! Supergirl, Batman, Green Arrow, Spider-Man, Winter Soldier, and Wolverine and more!
• Come to the Butterfly Garden! Go on a scavenger hunt or learn about nature’s original transformers; Monarch Butterflies! Programs at 11:00am, 12:00pm, and 1:00pm.
• Superhero Cape Design- Test your design skills for maximum flight as you create a super-powered Cape that will fly in our Vertical Wind Tunnel.
• Are you a super student? See if you pass the test in our Schoolhouse Lessons on the Living History Farm. Lessons every 30 mins, 9:30am - 12:30pm.
• The T.C. Hooper Planetarium full dome theater will feature Habitat Earth. Show times: 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
• Food available from Chick Fil-A and Snow Castle 11am- 1:30pm
Superhero Science! Saturday hours are 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. Admission is: $7 for children (ages 4-12); $8 for Teens and Adults (ages 13-59); and $7 for senior citizens (age 60 and over). All events are included in the general admission to the Center. Free for children age 3 and under, RMSC members, or School District Employees.
Superhero Science 2017 Poster
Superhero Science 2017 Activity Flyer
Roper Mountain Science Center Eclipse Extravaganza – A Once-in-a-Lifetime Celestial Experience | July 2017
Greenville SC is the place to be for an awe-inspiring total eclipse of the sun happening on Monday, August 21st at 2:38pm. For approximately 2 minutes, Greenville and parts of surrounding counties will be engulfed in darkness as the path of totality moves over our area. Roper Mountain Science Center is offering three days of special events leading up to the solar spectacle at the Eclipse Extravaganza on Saturday August 19, Sunday August 20 and Monday August 21 from 10am to 5pm each day.
On Saturday and Sunday, visitors will enjoy hands-on activities throughout the Center. Make and take solar ovens, sun dials, paper plate sun catchers, sun prints using solar paper, solar bead bracelets, greenhouse, eclipse arts and crafts, and much more! Be amazed by our “Out of this World” stage shows and planetarium shows in the newly renovated T.C. Hooper Planetarium. Experts will be on hand with presentations and to answer questions about safe eclipse viewing and the science of the corona. Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase eclipse glasses specially certified for solar observation. On the Living History Farm, experience ancient, interactive Cherokee storytelling with the PAIA Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation of SC explaining the eclipse. Also, enjoy music from live bands powered using solar panels sponsored by SunStore Solar Energy Solutions.
On Eclipse Day, Monday August 21st, in addition to all of the other activities and shows, astronomers will be on hand to answer questions and assist with a safe viewing experience. Visitors on Monday 8/21 will receive eclipse glasses with their admission.
“We want everyone to know how lucky we are to be able to experience this amazing event without having to travel. The last time the mainland US was in the path of totality was in 1979,” said Michael Weeks, director of Roper Mountain. “Most of us will never have this opportunity again.”
“Tickets are already selling quickly,” added Weeks. “We have people buying tickets from Germany, France, and literally all over the world.”
Admission prices for Saturday and Sunday are $10 per person for ages 4 and up. Admission price for Monday is $25 per person for ages 4 and up. Children 3 and younger are free. RMSC members receive a $5 discount.
Roper Mountain Science Center Announces Second Annual Butterfly Adventure Opening June 1, 2017| June 2017
The butterflies are on their way to Greenville! Hundreds of them, to be precise. On June 1, 2017, Roper Mountain Science Center will open its gates for the second annual Butterfly Adventure, one of the most unique experiences in the Upstate. This five-week special exhibit launches at 9 am on Thursday, June 1 and wraps up on Friday, July 7.
Located inside RMSC’s Fred W. Symmes Tropical Rainforest, Butterfly Adventure will provide guests the opportunity to interact with hundreds of native butterflies as they flutter, dip, and soar in our natural butterfly habitat. Attendees will be able to enjoy educational displays showcasing the lifespan of a butterfly, view 3D printing of butterfly models, and learn other interesting tidbits about these majestic insects. RMSC Director Michael Weeks notes, “Our staff will be on site to direct exhibits, answer questions, and ensure each guest enjoys the butterfly immersion experience to the fullest.”
At last year’s Butterfly Adventure, the Roper Mountain Science Center opened to the public the majority of the 62-acre facility for an extended period for the first time in its 31-year history, an experience very well received by the event’s 16,000 attendees. Admission to Butterfly Adventure provides access to all featured exhibits and activities, including the nearby Butterfly Garden brimming with flora planted specifically to attract and sustain local butterflies. In addition, guests can visit other attractions at RMSC such as the Living History Farm, the Marine Lab, and the Ecology Lab, which includes a Mountain Trout Stream, a Beaver/Turtle Pond, a Backyard Habitat containing a live honeybee hive, and an Invertebrate Zoo. The nature trails, arboretum, tree houses, and natural playgrounds will all be open, as well as the RMSC picnic areas. Guests are welcome to pack a lunch and snacks, and food and drink vendors will be on-site each Saturday.
Roper Mountain Science Center Butterfly Adventure admission is free for RMSC members and only $8 for adults, $7 for children 4 to 12, and free for 3 and under. Event tickets can be purchased online at ropermountain.org or at the gate of the event.
Roper Mountain Science Center Reopens World Class Planetarium | March 2017
The planetarium experience you knew and loved just got even better. Roper Mountain Science Center is excited to announce the reopening of the T. C. Hooper Planetarium after a complete renovation. The highlight of the renovation is the installation of a new projection system, the Spitz IQ 4K; the first installation of this system in the United States. “We are excited to welcome students and the public back to the planetarium,” said Michael Weeks, Director of Roper Mountain Science Center. “The new capabilities of this system provide a unique method of fulfilling our mission of igniting the natural curiosity of learners to explore and shape their world.”
After closing for a yearlong renovation, the facility, originally built in 1989, is “world class,” according to RMSC Association board member Brian McSharry. In addition to the projection system, new features include 360 ° full immersion dome, state-of-the-art lighting, dynamic 5.1 surround sound, interactive lobby exhibits, expanded curriculum, new shows, and more.
This renovation was made possible through Greenville County Schools and the Roper Mountain Science Center Association who raised the necessary funds through the incredible support of the community. Supporters of the project include Hollingsworth Funds, ScanSource, Daniel-Mickel Foundation, Duke Energy Foundation, Symmes Foundation, Margaret Linder Southern Fund, BMW, Spinx, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Fluor, ReWa, GE, Graham Foundation, Piedmont Arthritis, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Lockheed Martin, and Dr. Ernie Lathem.
“ScanSource is proud to support educational initiatives and we’re excited about the opportunity to contribute to the renovations of the T.C. Hooper Planetarium,” said Christy Thompson, ScanSource’s VP of Worldwide Marketing. “It’s special to have the largest planetarium in South Carolina right here in the Upstate, and we know what a great educational resource this state-of-the-art facility will continue to be for years to come.”
The new projection system allows for expanded educational use of the full-immersion dome, including programming on subjects besides astronomy. New programming includes Zygote Human Body and Layered Earth.
“Bon Secours St. Francis Health System is honored to provide the funding for the new projector system at Roper Mountain Science Center as part of the total renovation of the Planetarium. In keeping with our mission of being Good Help To Those In Need®, we are committed to reaching out within our community and supporting the education of youth in the sciences. We are particularly enthusiastic about the Zygote Human Body program as attendees will be exposed to the study of human life and as a result could potentially be inspired to consider the medical profession,” said Craig McCoy, CEO of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System.
The renovated T. C. Hooper Planetarium is open to the public during Starry Nights, Second Saturdays, and during the week in the Summer. To see show times and purchase tickets, visit RoperMountain.org.
Space Day Second Saturday | March 2017
Come JOURNEY TO OTHER WORLDS with us for SPACE DAY at Roper Mountain Science Center! We have partnered with organizations from across the Upstate to bring in interactive exhibits and hands on activities that will inspire, awe, and motivate you to LOOK UP and CATCH THE VISION of aviators and astronomers from past, present, and future! There will be something for everyone from every age! Space Day 2017 celebration will take place 9 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, March 11th at Roper Mountain Science Center.
Space Day 2017 is supported by Johnson Space Center, NASA Langley, Michelin, GE Aviation, Lockheed Martin, Clemson University, Greenville Technical College, University of South Carolina Upstate, Embry Riddle Aeronautics-Worldwide, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, Purdue Alumni, Army National Guard, East North Street Academy of Science and Math, Fountain Inn Elementary, Wade Hampton High School, Byrnes High School Honors Aviation, Western Carolina Remote Control Skyhawks, Asheville Star Trek Club Alaric, and the Upstate SC Youth Aviators Association.
A sampling of Space Day 2017 activities:
• Moon Rocks, Meteorites, and Historic NASA Artifacts on display
• Experience the excitement of the This is Rocket Science stage show in the Hipp Auditorium
• Walk through and sit in a UH-72A Lakota Helicopter with the SC Army National Guard
• See and touch an actual Space Shuttle Tire with Michelin Engineers and learn about Michelin’s rich history in aviation
• You be the Pilot with Flight Simulators from Byrnes High School Honors Aviation
• GE Aviation hosts a Straw Rocket Design Challenge
• Engineers from Lockheed Martin will launch model rockets and answer questions about rocketry and Lockheed’s participation in the space program
• USC Upstate students Explore Earth and Space Science with toolkits from the National Informal STEM Education Network
• See a tabletop comet, build a solar bead buddy, or look at emission spectra with Clemson Physics and Astronomy
• Clemson Nanomaterials Institute hosts hands-on Nanoscience activities!
• Make and Take a Pocket Solar System with Purdue Club of Upstate SC
• East North Street Academy of Math and Science 4th grade students will assist the public with the design and creation of lander modules that safely deliver a fragile payload to the surface of a distant planet
• Greenville Technical College Aviation Maintenance demonstrates a Gyroscope Suitcase, Bernoulli’s principle trainer, eddy current display, and a Turbine Ignition System. Plus children will design a circuit and learn how to use electrical meters to measure current, voltage and resistance
• Visit the Space Discovery Lab with Wade Hampton High’s FIRST Robotics Team 283, The Generals and make orbit crafts, straw rockets, face painting, or get shrink wrapped
• PARI offers AstroSurf with Smiley: Take data with a 4.6m radio telescope located in North Carolina! You are in charge of observing radio emissions from neutral hydrogen in our galaxy
• Join USCYAA and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide in flying "Tiny Whoop" micro drones throughout the Symmes Hall of Science. Explore drone and Radio-Controlled aircraft technology, try flight for yourself on a drone simulator, and learn how to feasibly get involved with all facets of aviation
• See how Greenville Downtown Airport can monitor aircraft flying all over the world with an iPad
• Western Carolina Remote Control Club with fixed wing helicopters and drones flying on the Living History Farm plus make and take your own kites
• Experience Asheville Star Trek Club, The USS Alaric, and explore their Mars and Moon globes
• Space Tourism Workshop…Learn about where you can go to see space shuttles, comets, suborbital flights, simulator rides, and speculate about being a tourist in space
• Build a Styrofoam Plate Glider with Fisher Middle School Junior Beta Club
• Fountain Inn Elementary STEAM Projects on Display
• Science In Action will demonstrate the forces that govern motion in space
• Younger visitors will enjoy hearing the story MoonBear’s Shadow by Frank Asch and seeing how Bear’s shadow can be made
• Astronomers will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss telescopes with solar viewing outside the Daniel Observatory and visitors can purchase custom Roper Mountain Science Center Eclipse glasses
• Fuddruckers, Chick Fil A, and Snow Castle food available for purchase
• Shows and show times in the newly renovated Hooper Planetarium:
10:00 am and 1:00 pm – Stars
11:00 am and 2:00 pm- Astronaut
12:00 pm- Eclipse: The Sun Revealed
• Enjoy additional activities across Roper Mountain in our Marine Lab, Tropical Rainforest, Ecology, and Discovery Labs, and Living History Farm.
Space Day hours 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. All events are included in the general admission to the Center:
$7 for children (ages 4-12) and senior citizens (age 60 and over); $8 for Teens and Adults (ages 13-59).
Free for children age 3 and under, RMSC Members and School District Employees.
Space Day 2017 Poster
Space Day 2017 Activity Flyer
STEMFest –Dream Big! Second Saturday | February 2016
DREAM BIG! with Roper Mountain and discover the world of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) that shapes our everyday lives. Roper Mountain Science Center, local engineers and professionals will celebrate all things STEAM with fun-filled hands-on activities for all ages from robots and drones to LEGO bridges and making polymers and much more! STEMFest takes place at Roper Mountain Science Center on February 11th from 9AM to 3PM. “Fluor believes education, particularly the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), is a foundational component of success in the 21st century. That is why Fluor supports local efforts, such as Roper Mountain Science Center's STEMFest, that benefit students in the communities where we live and work.” Cheryl Wiggins, Senior Manager of Community Affairs, Fluor.
STEMFest 2017 Community partners include: ACE Mentor Program of the Upstate, AFL, Barnes & Noble, BMW, BSA and STEM Scouts, Computer Source, Clemson University Emag!ne, ECPI, Fluor, Enoree Career Center, GE/ASME, Greenville Drive, Happy Quad Drone Racing, Maker Pipe, Michelin, NEXT High School, Synergy Mill, SAR Automation, United Way WISE, Upstate SC STEM Collaborative/iMagine Upstate, Wynit, East North Street Academy and the WHHS Generals Robotics Team. Food will be available from Chick Fil A, and Automatic Taco, Tom’s Tasty Café’ and Snow Castle food trucks.
A sampling of STEM events throughout the Day for Families:
• Fluor will provide Engineering Challenges to make circuits, polymers, acids and bases and more. Learn what engineers do and take their bridge design challenge.
• Dream BIG with GE and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)! They will help YOU become the engineer in the GE design center.
• How do fiber optics work? Get hands-on and explore this technology with AFL’s Light Island!
• Build and test a bridge made of Legos with Michelin engineers and learn how DREAMING BIG helps heavy trucks operate more efficiently.
• Test your engineering skills with Clemson School of Engineering and EMAG!NE.
• Explore automotive technology with the high tech hybrid-electric powered BMW i8 sports car.
• Don’t worry, get Happy Quad racing! Check out the exciting world of drone racing on the Living History Farm (times TBA).
• WHHS Generals FIRST Robotics Team 283- Check out their cool BIG robot demonstration!!
• Use a flight simulator to fly a drone, check out a 3D printed prosthetic hand and a biomolecules exhibit with STEAM Tech Teams. They will also demonstrate how a computer really works!
• ComputerSource,3D Printers TOO! will showcase a host of 3D printers and the latest 3D printing technology. Take home a small 3D print (while supplies last).
• Test and drive VEX Robots with ECPI University’s mechatronics staff and students.
• Play Energy Plinko and Build Wind Turbine Blades with GE Edison Engineers
• Flex your STEM muscles with one of four quick challenges from iMagine Upstate and the Upstate SC STEM Collaborative. Choose between building a water tower, a ping-pong ball launcher, a rain shelter, or roll the dice for a surprise challenge!
• Explore architecture through an “open spaces” design challenge with ACE (Architecture, Construction & Engineering) Mentor Program of the Upstate.
• Make a cardboard robotic arm with SAR Automation for a “hands-on” manufacturing automation experience and see their demonstration robot in action.
• Join local makers from Synergy Mill and see how their projects blend science and art.
• Join the Women in Science and Engineering of the United Way (WISE) to build and test windproof and earthquake-proof structures.
• You will Dash to the finish line with East North Street Academy students using Dash robots and iPads. Test your coding skills on our obstacle course!
• Hone your car building skills with our Recycled Racers and check out what makes the best Pinewood Derby car design with Boy Scouts of America and STEM Scouts
• What can you make with Maker Pipe? Check out these cool connectors and create something BIG (or small!)!
• Enter the world of virtual reality with Enoree Career Center’s Auto Painting VR Simulator.
• Check out cool tech from Barnes & Noble: DASH Robot, Utopia VR Headset, Meccanoid robot and more.
• Wynit will get you hands-on with robot technology; the mBot, the Alpha 1 Robot and Cubelets.
• Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit with Greenville Drive mascot REEDY RIP’IT! Enter a drawing for a Family Pack of four tickets and Drive memorabilia!
• On the Living History Farm see weaving, blacksmithing, hearth cooking and test your strength with pulleys.
• Automatic Taco Food Truck, Chick Fil A, Tom’s Tasty Café’ and Snow Castle food available for purchase.
• Experience the BIG SCIENCE stage show (1:00pm & 2:00pm) and enjoy additional activities across the mountain in our Marine Lab, Tropical Rainforest, and The Daniel Observatory.
STEMFest Saturday hours are 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. 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.
STEMFest 2017 Poster
STEMFEST 2017 Activity Flyer
Superhero Science Second Saturday | October 2016
Superheroes are amazing! But what does it take to be a Superhero? What kind of powers do you need to stop the “villains”? Come find out using the power of science, art and engineering! Don’t forget to bring on your best Superhero look or make-up your own. Dress up and participate in our costume contest!
Join us for fun-filled hands-on activities and experiences for all ages. Superhero Science! takes place at Roper Mountain Science Center on Saturday October 8th from 9AM to 3PM. Community partners include; Clemson University EMAG!NE, iMagine Upstate, Upstate SC STEM Collaborative, Richard’s Comics, U.S. Forest Service, PAWS Animal Wildlife Sanctuary and Sunstore Solar. This unique experience will allow visitors of all ages to explore the science and art behind superheroes!
A sampling of events throughout the Day:
• Bring on your best Superhero look at our Costume Contest at 1:00pm - 8 & Under, 9-12, 13-18 yrs. Prizes given for Most Creative and Most Original costumes!
• Storm's Weather Lab- Encounter the super powers of tornadoes, lightning storms, and make and take a wind-streamer.
• Build a Bat-Mobile- Be the Hero! Design a Bat-mobile out of Legos that will save the people and travel the fastest.
• Stark Industries Makerspace!- Tony Stark and Antman team up for hands-on maker experiences with Snap circuits, “cape” pops, and shrinking plastic!
• Making the (Wo)man of Steel with Clemson University EMAG!NE- Help protect the superhero's "tile" by designing a custom armor made from everyday materials. Test your superhero armor on the pendulum of doom!
• Harness the Sun, the source of Superman's power. How much power can you generate using solar panels?
• Live Owl Show! 9:30 am, 10:30 am and 11:30 am (25 min. presentations) presented by PAWS Animal Wildlife Sanctuary in Symmes Hall Auditorium. Highly developed vision and hearing, and almsot silent flight give this creature true superpowers!
• Green Screen Photo Booth- Put yourself in the action! Have your photo taken in the Superhero Universe! Photo sheets $5.
• Richard's Comics- Are you Marvel or DC? We’ve got both! See comic book artists in action!
• Test your archery skills in Hawkeye's Archery Zone on the Living History Farm.
• Observe the sun with Roper Mountain Astronomers in the Daniel Observatory. Come back from 6:30-10:00 pm for International Observe the Moon Night!
• Superhero Agility Training- Join our trainers for active and fun challenges on our NEW low ropes course to develop your physical and mental powers (30 min sessions, ages 9 and up, max 30 participants)! 10am, 11am, 12:30pm
• SC Upstate Heroes! See Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Batgirl and more all around the mountain,
• Come to the Butterfly Garden to learn about the Monarch Butterfly and its migration happening now!
• Spiderman vs. Real Spider Powers and Bat Facts vs. Myths with Bat biologists from the U.S. Forest Service!
• Superpower Design Lab- Test your design skills for maximum flight as you create a Superpower Cape that will fly in our Vertical Wind Tunnel!
• Be the Human Torch- See yourself in a different light (through our Infrared Camera)!
• Is there anything a hissing cockroach or tree frog can't climb? Discover some amazing feats of tropical animals.
• Enjoy our touch tanks and take the Aquaman Scavenger Hunt Challenge
• Food available from Chick Fil-A and Fuddruckers 11am- 1:30pm
Superhero Science! Saturday hours are 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. Admission is: $7 for children (ages 5-12); $8 for Teens and Adults (ages 13-59); and $7 for senior citizens (age 60 and over). All events are included in the general admission to the Center. Free for children age 4 and under, RMSC Association members, or School District Employees.
Superhero Science 2016 Poster
Superhero Science 2016 Activity Flyer
Update on the Roper Mountain Science Center Butterfly Adventure Opening June 11th | June 2016
The Butterfly Adventure caterpillars are still constantly eating in order to grow big and strong at their butterfly hatchery and, after becoming butterflies, will be on their way to Greenville’s Roper Mountain Science Center. These caterpillars must get sufficient nutrition from eating their host plants in order to fuel the complex metamorphosis process, the next and final step in a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly.
Once the Roper Mountain Science Center Butterfly Adventure butterflies have emerged they will be carefully placed in individual envelopes. These envelopes are cushioned with tissue paper and packed into smaller boxes which are then positioned in larger insulated boxes complete with ice packs. This keeps the butterflies calm as they retreat into a partial hibernation stage. Once they reach RMSC they will be released into their new habitat inside the Fred W. Symmes Tropical Rainforest.
Butterflies will be added on a regular basis during the four-week Butterfly Adventure which begins with the first annual Butterfly Festival on Saturday, June 11th and continues through Saturday, July 9th, the day of the Center’s Blueberry Festival. Guests can enjoy interacting with the butterflies Monday through Saturday from 9AM until 2PM, except on Festival days when the Center will be open until 3PM. RMSC is closed Sundays and July 4th.
For the first time since the Center opened in 1985 the majority of the 62-acre facility will be available to the general public during the week. Along with admission to Butterfly Adventure, guests will have access to the outdoor Butterfly Garden, Living History Farm, nature trails, natural playgrounds, arboretum and tree houses. The Darrell W. Harrison Hall of Natural Sciences will open their doors for exploration and hands-on activities. The Marine Lab is complete with a tide pool tank full of small aquatic creatures, all which may be gently handled. The Ecology Lab showcases the numerous and vastly different South Carolina habitats including a Beaver/Turtle Pond, a Salt Marsh and even a live alligator in the Cypress Swamp habitat. In the Design Lab guests will be challenged to put on their thinking caps and use their creativity to solve fun, interesting and educational challenges. Center Director Michael Weeks said, “I invite everyone in the Upstate to come out and enjoy our inaugural interactive Butterfly Adventure exhibit. This is a wonderful opportunity to not only get up close and personal with hundreds of butterflies but to also experience all our Center has to offer.”
The Center’s numerous picnic areas will be open and outside food and beverages are welcome. Local food vendors will available on Saturdays and a number of other selected days. Check ropermountain.org or our facebook page for schedules.
Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for children 4 through 12 and free for 3 years and younger. Admission for all RMSC members is free. While on our website we invite you to take a moment and check out the different membership levels all which provide either free or discounted admission to many of the fun and educational activities offered year-round.
Butterfly Adventure Opening June 11 | June 2016
On Saturday, June 11 the gates at Roper Mountain Science Center will open on one of the Upstate’s most unique and fascinating experiences as hundreds of brilliant butterflies flutter, dip and soar in our Butterfly Adventure habitat. This four week special exhibit kicks off promptly at 9AM Saturday with the opening of the Butterfly Festival and continues through July 9, the day of our annual Blueberry Festival. Butterfly Adventure will be open Monday through Saturday (except July 4) from 9AM until 2PM, except on Festival days when the exhibit will be open until 3PM.
Located inside the Fred W. Symmes Tropical Rainforest, Butterfly Adventure will provide guests the opportunity to interact with hundreds of native butterflies as they flit among the tropical foliage. “In addition to enjoying over a dozen different species of Southeastern butterflies, there will also be educational displays showcasing the butterfly life cycle along with Roper Mountain Science Center staff on site to answer questions and ensure each guest enjoys their butterfly immersion experience to the fullest,” RMSC Director Michael Weeks noted.
For the first time in the Center’s 31-year history the majority of the 62-acre facility will be open to the public during the week. Admission to Butterfly Adventure provides access to all featured exhibits and activities, including the nearby Butterfly Garden brimming with flora planted specifically to attract and sustain local butterflies. The Marine Lab is complete with a hands-on tide pool where adults and kids alike will delight in touching a live stingray along with smaller aquatic animals. The Design Lab entices visitors to call on their creativity and problem-solving skills with hands-on challenges. The Ecology Lab showcases South Carolina wildlife habitats from the mountains to the coast and includes a Mountain Trout Stream, Beaver/Turtle Pond, Salt Marsh and the Cypress Swamp featuring a live alligator. The highlight of the Carolina Bay habitat is their carnivorous plant terrarium, while the Backyard Habitat contains a live honeybee hive. The Ecology Lab Invertebrate Zoo displays a colorful Monarch butterfly life cycle mural, the perfect complement to our exciting Butterfly Adventure.
Visitors may also explore the Center’s Living History Farm, wander through the buildings and gardens, visit with the farm animals and learn more about how our South Carolina forefathers lived. The nature trails, arboretum, tree houses and natural playgrounds will all be open, as well as the RMSC picnic areas. Guests are welcome to pack a lunch and snacks, and food and drink vendors will be on-site each Saturday.
Roper Mountain Science Center Butterfly Adventure admission is $8 for adults, $7 for kids 4 to 12, and free for 3 and under and those with a RMSC membership. We encourage visitors to take advantage of our membership options for both free and discounted admissions to other events throughout the year.
Butterfly Adventure 2016 Poster
Butterfly Festival 2016 Activity Flyer
Clemson E-magine at Roper Mountain! | April 2016
Greenville County School parents are invited to register their high school or middle school student for Clemson University’s Emagine engineering event to be held on Saturday, April 16th from 9:30am until 2:00pm at Roper Mountain Science Center.
Emagine is a unique Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) event coordinated by faculty and students from Clemson University and Roper Mountain Science Center. Students will work with Clemson faculty and students to test their creativity and gain real-world exposure to various aspects of engineering! The cost is $5 per student and includes lunch and a t-shirt! Space is limited, please register early!
For further event details and to register please go to: https://www.clemson.edu/emagine/greenville.html.
We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event! Emagine your future!
Questions? Contact Val Mosher at Roper Mountain Science Center email@example.com.
Space Day at Roper Mountain Science Center to Feature Wernher Von Braun | March 2016
Space Day is an award-winning educational initiative that seeks to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. It also helps to inspire young people to realize the vision of our space pioneers and to promote the field of aviation. Space Day 2016 celebration will take place 9 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, March 12th at Roper Mountain Science Center. Featured guest Larry Bounds of Greenville Chautauqua performs as Wernher Von Braun!
A Boy Dreams of Rockets, and takes America to the Moon! Join a multi-media presentation about a little German boy who put rockets on his little red wagon and then rose through World War II and the Cold War to create the most powerful rocket ever fired on earth - the rocket that carried Americans to the moon. Dr. Wernher Von Braun led NASA's development of the mighty Saturn V rocket and joined Walt Disney to inspire the American public to believe in and support our race to the moon. His story is told in photos, film, and models of the engines that first carried humans into space. Our presenter is Larry Bounds, a teacher with Greenville County Schools. He will be presenting the ideas of Dr. Von Braun for Greenville's Chautauqua Festival in June, playing the role of the famous rocket scientist himself.
Space Day 2016 is supported by NASA Langley and community partners: Michelin, GE Aviation, Clemson University, Greenville Technical College, Embry Riddle Aeronautics-Worldwide, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, Challenger Center Columbia SC, East North Street Academy of Science and Math, Western Carolina Remote Control Club, Ashville Star Trek Club, and the Upstate SC Youth Aviators Association.
Space Day 2016 activities include:
Other activities will include the planetarium shows “Astronaut” and “Earth to the Universe” in the Hooper Planetarium at 10 and 11 am, 1 and 2 pm. In the Harrison Hall of Natural Science, visit the Discovery Rooms and Marine Lab to touch and hold live animals! In the Rainforest, discover tropical rainforest plants and animals; while in the Ecology Lab discover the Nature of Flight through bird study activities.
Space Day Saturday hours 9:00 AM-3:00 PM.
All events are included in the general admission to the Center:
$7 for children (ages 5-12) and senior citizens (age 60 and over); $8 for Teens and Adults (ages 13-59).
Free for children age 4 and under, RMSC Association members and School District Employees.
Space Day 2016 Poster
Space Day 2016 Activity Flyer
STEMFest –Maker Extravaganza! | February 2016
Explore. Create. Make!!! Discover the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) that shapes our every day lives! Roper Mountain Science Center, local engineers and scientists celebrate STEM with fun-filled hands-on activities for all ages. STEMFest takes place at Roper Mountain Science Center on February 13th from 9AM to 3PM. Community partners; AFL Global, Clemson University Engineering, Fluor, GE/ASME, Greenville Drive, Greenville Technical College, I2Pi, iMagine Upstate, J. Harley Bonds Career Center, kVA USA, Lockheed Martin, Michelin, students from East North Street Academy, Upstate SC STEM Collaborative and the WHHS General Robotics Team will participate in the event. “Fluor is delighted to support and participate in Roper Mountain’s annual STEMFest event. This is a unique experience for children and adults to explore the exciting real-world applications of STEM.”- Cheryl Wiggins, Senior Manager of Community Affairs, Fluor
A sampling of STEM events throughout the Day for Families:
STEMFest Saturday hours are 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. Admission is: $7 for children (ages 5-12); $8 for Teens and Adults (ages 13-59); and $7 for senior citizens (age 60 and over). All events are included in the general admission to the Center. Free for children age 4 and under, RMSC Association members, or School District Employees.
StemFest 2016 Activity Flyer
Celebrate Fall Harvest Festival at Roper Mountain Science Center | November 2015
As the days grow shorter and winter approaches, the Living History Farm at Roper Mountain Science Center brings history to life with the popular Fall Harvest Festival. The annual festival, Saturday, November 14, 9am-2:30pm, features artisans, musicians, and special demonstrations of life in the 1800s. Step into the authentic backcountry farm’s Cole Cabin Farmhouse (1790), barn, or Rector Schoolhouse (1898), and explore the gardens and grounds to participate in activities for all ages and get an up close and personal look at how our ancestors preserved their harvest and prepared for winter.
Experience fun and chores of the season as you help the pioneers prepare with various hands-on activities such as shucking, shelling, and grinding corn or winnowing rice for the winter. Try your hand at plowing behind powerful draft horses in our pasture and watch skilled working dogs herd sheep. Talk with and learn from artisan craftsmen at work as they demonstrate blacksmithing, basket weaving, broom making and produce handmade items, many of which are available for purchase. Stop by our Cavender House Kitchen (1830) and see what’s cooking over the hearth--apples and pumpkins are on the menu!
Make a day of the festivities with a visit to Harrison Hall of Natural Science to tour the Tropical Rainforest, Ecology Lab and Marine Labs where you may hold live animals, learn about creatures that are At Home in a Tree, or Fall for the Beach. Stop by the Butterfly Garden for advice from Master Gardeners about winterizing your garden, walk the nature trails or meet at the Treetop Clinic for a leaf scavenger hunt with one of our naturalists. Enjoy a hearty Bucky’s Bar-B-Q meal or bring your own picnic for lunch.
Admission: $6 for adults and teens, $5 children 5-12, seniors, and military.
Children 4 and under and all members of the RMSC Association are admitted free. 9-2:30
Fall Harverst Festival 2015 Poster
Fall Harvest Festival 2015Activity Flyer
Brainworks Display | September 2015
Powered by FLUOR, this new interpretive STEAM display will be the centerpiece of the Symmes Hall of Science atrium. Check out Brainworks on Second Saturdays.
Roper Mountain Awarded 2015 Tripadvisor Certificate Of Excellence | September 2015
Recognized as a Top Performing Science Center as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site
Greenville, SC – September 10th, 2015 – Roper Mountain Science Center announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.
When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period, as well as the business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.
“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Roper Mountain and we’d like to thank all of our guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Michael Weeks, Director at Roper Mountain. “It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by one’s customers. This accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our organization and reinforces our continued commitment to providing exceptional experiences for our guests.”
"TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travelers on the site,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”