Posted: Thursday, February 5, 2015

Explore the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) that shapes our everyday lives! Roper Mountain Science Center will hold STEMFest – For the Love of Engineering - February 14th from 9am to 1pm. Local engineers, scientists and RMSC’s specialists invite you to participate to celebrate STEM with fun-filled hands-on activities for all ages.

This event brings together and is supported by BetaBox, Clemson University Engineering, FIRST Robotics teams of the Upstate, Fluor, GE/ASME, Greenville Drive, Greenville Technical College, I2Pi, iMAGINE Upstate, J. Harley Bonds Career Center, kVA USA, Lockheed Martin, Michelin, Milliken, students from East North Street Academy and Upstate SC STEM Collaborative. These entities create a variety of real-world challenges for you to explore.

A sampling of STEM events throughout the Day for Families:

  • Fluor will provide Engineering Challenges for children ages 6 and up (scouts and non-scouts). Webelo Cub Scouts may earn requirements towards their “Engineering” badge. Girls Scouts can find inspiration for their “Make Your Own” badge!
  • “Energizing Future Engineers” - GE and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) will help you become the engineer in the student design center!
  • Race your Engin-eer! Join the race as Lockheed Martin Engineers explain reverse engineering and lead you to discover what lawnmower engines and airplanes have in common!
  • BetaBox- Mobile Prototyping Lab premiers in the Upstate! Visitors will explore problem-solving and prototyping with the latest learning-by-doing technology, including 3D scanning and printing, laser cutting and more!
  • IT2Pi will showcase an array of technologies, from the kid-programming software Scratch, to an Arduino catapult and a demo of the Google Glass!
  • At the Michelin Lego© Challenge, you will explore the manufacturing process.  Can you assemble the Lego parts using the information on the drawing?

Investigate concrete and steel and make a unique Valentine’s Day project with Clemson Civil Engineering and local Greenville company kVA

  • Learn about bio-medical engineering with Clemson Creative Inquiry staff and students!
  • FIRST Robotics team the Wade Hampton High School Generals will share their amazing robots!
  • Get “charged up” and explore electricity with Milliken!
  • Figure out how a square wheeled trike works with Greenville Technical College!
  • Meet the team from iMAGINE Upstate and get a preview of their BIG STEM event coming to downtown Greenville!
  • There’s an app for that…! The staff from the Upstate SC STEM Collaborative will be STEMulating Kids’ STEMagination with apps for all ages!
  • J Harley Bonds Career Center will be bringing the NAO humanoid robot! A must see!
  • East North Street Academy students will let you get hands-on with solar energy!
  • Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet the Greenville mascot REEDY RIP’IT!

In addition, activities will be ongoing in the Marine Lab, Tropical Rainforest Habitat, Daniel Observatory, and the T.C. Hooper Planetarium.  Walk the 1.5 miles of Nature Trails, enjoy the Cromwell Arboretum, linger in the Butterfly Garden or pause to observe at the wildlife pond.

Admission: $5 for children (ages 5-12); $6 for Teens and Adults (ages 13-59); and $5 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.

About Roper Mountain Science Center

Roper Mountain Science Center ignites the natural curiosity of all learners to explore and shape their world.  The most impactful entity in the Upstate focused on science and science education, RMSC provides curriculum-based, hands-on learning for elementary and middle school students; offers inspiring “edutainment” for the public with Starry Nights, Second Saturdays and other special events; and produces state-of-the-art training for teachers.  Each year, more than 50,000 students, 6,000 teachers, and 100,000 families and adults visit Roper Mountain Science Center. Click here to visit Roper Mountain Science Center website.

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