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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.


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 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.


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:

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event! Emagine your future!
Questions? Contact Val Mosher at Roper Mountain Science Center


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.  

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.  

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

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

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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.”

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