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USC Aiken to host 37th annual SEED STEM Festival

The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at USC Aiken will host the 37th annual S.E.E.D. STEM Festival on Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the university's campus. This event is free and open to the public.

"Imagine getting up close with honeybees, petting an alligator, making paper, investigating weather, discovering Earth's treasures or virtually traveling through outer space," said John Hutchens, director of special programs at RPSEC. "Guests will be able to do just that at this year's festival."

The event will celebrate innovations in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). Student groups, regional corporations, museums, professional organizations, government agencies, educators and national labs will join forces to create and present engaging hands-on activities for guests of all ages.

"We plan this event each year to give young learners up-close and personal interaction with real-world STEM professionals," Hutchens said. "The goal is to increase awareness of the role STEM plays in society and that it can also be fun. We recognize that as a society we must continue to excite and engage families about STEM fields."

Highlights of S.E.E.D. include:

• More than 50 hands-on exhibits and activities

• Exhibits from the Aiken County EMS, American Nuclear Society, SCETV, USC Aiken, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, Savannah River Site Museum and more

• Demonstrations of technologies and intriguing science, including robotics, nuclear power, flight, biology, chemistry, neuroscience, biodiversity and more

Every year, this event is presented by RPSEC at USCA, working closely with the Aiken County Public School District.

Sponsors for S.E.E.D. include Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Savannah River National Laboratory operated by Battelle Savannah River Alliance LLC, Generac, Orano, Southern Nuclear, Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness, SRS Community Reuse Organization, Kimberly-Clark, SRP Federal Credit Union, Aiken Standard, NewsChannel 6 and Bridgestone.

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