Roper Mountain Science Center

Roper Mountain Science Center A great place for hands-on learning and entertainment!
A facility of the Greenville County Schools, RMSC is a field trip destination for students who take part in science, health and social studies lessons. Electronic Field Trips and Outreach lessons which travel to schools are available. The Science Center also offers educational programs and experiences for teachers and the public.
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We hope you'll join us for a sneak peek of our new educational facility, plus hear remarks by Secretary Dick Riley, Gree...
09/08/2020

We hope you'll join us for a sneak peek of our new educational facility, plus hear remarks by Secretary Dick Riley, Greenville Water Commission Chairman Phillip Kilgore, and our special guest host, Deb Sofield - Speaker.

For more information and to register for this free virtual event taking place Thursday at noon, visit: http://bit.ly/RMSCnewbuilding

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Happy #NationalHummingbirdDay Did you know these birds must feed every 20 minutes to stay alive?Their little hearts beat...
09/05/2020

Happy #NationalHummingbirdDay

Did you know these birds must feed every 20 minutes to stay alive?

Their little hearts beat 1,200 beats per minute! A human heart only beats around 60 beats per minute - depending on the level of activity.

These amazing birds are adapted to hovering in place to access nectar. In fact, most of their body weight is dedicated to their flight muscles!

Share some photos with us of some of these beauties you see today - and be sure to have fresh food in your feeders.

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Tonight is our September Sky Talk! Discover which planets will be visible, how to find prominent constellations, when th...
09/04/2020

Tonight is our September Sky Talk! Discover which planets will be visible, how to find prominent constellations, when the moon will be its brightest, and which day of the month is the autumnal equinox!

This live program will last approximately 30 minutes, followed by a short question and answer period where we will answer as many of your questions as possible.

After, a link to the feature movie, Supervolcanoes, will be shared.

This virtual event is FREE for Roper Mountain members and $5 per household for non-members. Tickets and information are available: https://www.ropermountain.org/main.asp?titleid=starrynights

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We hope you'll join us for a sneak peek of our new educational facility, plus hear remarks by Secretary Dick Riley, Gree...
09/03/2020

We hope you'll join us for a sneak peek of our new educational facility, plus hear remarks by Secretary Dick Riley, Greenville Water Commission Chairman Phillip Kilgore, and our special guest host, Deb Sofield - Speaker.

For more information and to register for this free virtual event on Sept. 10, visit: http://bit.ly/RMSCnewbuilding

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Summer's last full moon, the Corn Moon, lights up the night sky tonight!The full Corn Moon won't happen again for anothe...
09/02/2020

Summer's last full moon, the Corn Moon, lights up the night sky tonight!

The full Corn Moon won't happen again for another three years because of the relationship between astronomical seasons and the lunar month, so you won't want to miss this.

Around 1:22 a.m. Sept. 2 EST, the last full moon of the summer will appear opposite the sun and will be called the Corn Moon.

While the moon is technically only full for a few moments, it will appear full for several days, from Monday evening until Thursday morning this week.

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Join us for this virtual event to learn all about the September night sky. Discover which planets will be visible, how t...
09/01/2020

Join us for this virtual event to learn all about the September night sky. Discover which planets will be visible, how to find prominent constellations, when the moon will be its brightest, and which day of the month is the autumnal equinox!

This live program will last approximately 30 minutes, followed by a short question and answer period where we will answer as many of your questions as possible.

After, a link to the feature movie, Supervolcanoes, will be shared.

This virtual event is FREE for Roper Mountain members and $5 per household for non-members. Tickets and information are available: https://www.ropermountain.org/main.asp?titleid=starrynights

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Tonight is our first Virtual Star Party! This hour-long virtual event is the perfect opportunity for you to star gaze wi...
08/28/2020

Tonight is our first Virtual Star Party! This hour-long virtual event is the perfect opportunity for you to star gaze with us from your own home. Guest astronomers will be present from the Charles E. Daniel Observatory to showcase our refractor telescope and its capabilities.
During the event you’ll be able to interact with the astronomers, ask questions, and discover the wonders of the nighttime sky. We hope you’ll join us as we look for planets, stars, moons, and much more!
This event is free for members and $5 per household for non-members. Visit RoperMountain.org for more info and to reserve your spot for tonight!

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Have you heard that we have been constructing a brand new facility to serve as our Environmental Science and Sustainabil...
08/27/2020

Have you heard that we have been constructing a brand new facility to serve as our Environmental Science and Sustainability Center? Well the building is nearly complete and we want to share a ton of information with you about this unique community resource!

Join us for a sneak peek of our new educational facility, plus hear remarks by Secretary Dick Riley, Greenville Water Commission Chairman Phillip Kilgore, and our special guest host, Deb Sofield - Speaker.

For more information and to register for this free virtual event on Sept. 10, visit: http://bit.ly/RMSCnewbuilding

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08/26/2020
A Live Chat With A NASA Booster Engineer

Chat with a NASA Booster Engineer!

Join us as we talk with Deputy Manager Dave Reynolds from NASA's Booster Office. He will discuss the upcoming test of another Space Launch System Booster, taking place in Utah on Sept. 2.

Follow along as he will be able to answer your questions and give lots of information!

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Join us at 11 a.m. right here as we talk to NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Dave Reynolds, the De...
08/26/2020

Join us at 11 a.m. right here as we talk to NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Dave Reynolds, the Deputy Manager of the Space Launch System Booster Office.

The SLS rocket is the most powerful rocket ever built and will deliver the Orion Spacecraft, astronauts and large cargo to the Moon by 2024.

On Sept. 2, NASA and Northrop Grumman will conduct a static fire ground test of a full-scale flight support booster.

Dave will provide us the latest updates on the fire test, discuss future plans, and answer your questions - so be sure to watch and chat along with us live!

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NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Artemis Program will land the first woman and next man on the Moo...
08/25/2020

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Artemis Program will land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024. The Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is the most powerful rocket ever built and will deliver the Orion Spacecraft, astronauts and large cargo to the Moon.

On Sept. 2, NASA and Northrop Grumman will conduct a static fire ground test of a full-scale flight support booster.

Join us right here on our page tomorrow at 11 a.m. as we talk to Dave Reynolds, the Deputy Manager of the SLS Booster Office, who will provide us the latest updates on the fire test, discuss future plans, and answer your questions!

Learn more about SLS Solid Rocket Boosters: https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/sls/multimedia/boosters_101.html

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Take a moment to read this The Greenville News article from our partner, Greenville Water http://bit.ly/greenvillewaterI...
08/21/2020

Take a moment to read this The Greenville News article from our partner, Greenville Water http://bit.ly/greenvillewater

It highlights our long-term partnership with this leader in the community and highlights their collaborative efforts to educate and identify future leaders through youth-focused drinking water education with our new Environmental Science and Sustainability Center being a major component.

Dive in to learn about our why partnerships like these are essential to the entire community, ultimately creating an environment that is safer, healthier and better prepared for future growth.

It’s important to remember that water is our state's most essential natural resource and planning for our future water needs is one of the most important accomplishment we can achieve together.

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We're hosting our first Virtual Star Party! This hour-long event is the perfect opportunity for you to star gaze with us...
08/20/2020

We're hosting our first Virtual Star Party! This hour-long event is the perfect opportunity for you to star gaze with us from your own home. Guest astronomers will be present from the Charles E. Daniel Observatory to showcase our refractor telescope and its capabilities.
During the event you’ll be able to interact with the astronomers, ask questions, and discover the wonders of the nighttime sky. We hope you’ll join us as we look for planets, stars, moons, and much more!
This event is free for members and $5 per household for non-members. Visit RoperMountain.org for more info and tickets!

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We are proud to be part of this community. Despite the hardships this year has created, we look forward to the bright fu...
08/17/2020

We are proud to be part of this community. Despite the hardships this year has created, we look forward to the bright future ahead and appreciate the support given to us through these difficult times. Check us out in this year's Live Local feature and visit us at RoperMountain.org to learn more about who we are, what we do, and why supporting us matters.

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From time to time, the Great Red Spot (GRS) and the little round, black shadows cast by Jupiter's four Galilean moons be...
08/14/2020

From time to time, the Great Red Spot (GRS) and the little round, black shadows cast by Jupiter's four Galilean moons become visible in backyard telescopes as they cross the planet's disk.
Commencing at 10:30 p.m. on Friday evening, Aug. 14, observers can watch both Ganymede's large shadow and the Great Red Spot travel across Jupiter's northern and southern hemispheres.
Continuing during the wee hours of Saturday, Aug. 15, observers can witness the rare event of a double shadow transit! At 12:06 a.m. Io's small shadow will join Ganymede's larger shadow and the Great Red Spot already progressing across Jupiter's northern and southern hemispheres.
Let us know if you get to see any of these wonders!

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It’s time for the annual Perseid meteor shower! The Perseids are one of the brightest meteor showers we can see and will...
08/11/2020

It’s time for the annual Perseid meteor shower! The Perseids are one of the brightest meteor showers we can see and will have its peak viewing tonight. This famous shower occurs at the same time each year as Earth moves through a cloud of debris left behind by a giant comet. Bits of dust, pebbles, and other cosmic detritus enter our atmosphere and burn up into bright streaks that move across the night sky.

The Perseids are named because all the meteors appear to radiate from the same constellation, Perseus. The good news is that you don’t have to face Perseus to see this phenomena – you can look anywhere in the sky as long as you have a broad view.

To see this amazing meteor shower, it is best to look in the late evening but before the moon rises. We recommend starting around 10 p.m. tonight. Find a dark sky, lie down, and look up! It may take your eyes some time to adjust to the night sky (anywhere from 20-45 minutes), so the longer you wait, the better your chances of seeing meteors. On an ideal night you could potentially see 40-50 meteors per hour.

Even though the Perseids peak tonight, there will still be great viewing opportunities Aug. 12 and 13, weather permitting. If you don’t get a chance to look for the meteors tonight, try tomorrow or Thursday. If you see some great meteors and snap a picture, share it with us here!

Happy sky gazing!

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Was your world rocked yesterday by the 5.1 magnitude earthquake? Check out this cool U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scien...
08/10/2020

Was your world rocked yesterday by the 5.1 magnitude earthquake? Check out this cool U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) science project you can participate in by reporting what you felt: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60111928/executive

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08/04/2020
Center for Interactive Learning - The Pinnacle Award

We are proud to have received this honor again - thank you CILC!

The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, founded in 1994, and is the nation’s leading clearing house for interactive, virtual programs for students and Lifelong Learners. CILC is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 Pinnacle Award winners! Ea...

Join us for this virtual event to learn all about the August night sky. Discover which planets will be visible, how to f...
08/03/2020

Join us for this virtual event to learn all about the August night sky. Discover which planets will be visible, how to find prominent constellations, when the moon will be its brightest, and even when to see a bright meteor shower!

This live program will last approximately 30 minutes, followed by a short question and answer period where we will answer as many of your questions as possible.

After, a link to the feature movie, Dynamic Earth, will be shared. Participants will have the option to watch the video with us as we point out fun facts and trivia.

This virtual event is FREE for Roper Mountain members and $5 per household for non-members. Tickets and information are available: https://www.ropermountain.org/main.asp?titleid=starrynights

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The temps are rising by the day and with that it can mean more critters are out to play. Can you help Project Pine Snake...
07/31/2020

The temps are rising by the day and with that it can mean more critters are out to play. Can you help Project Pine Snake identify Northern Pine Snakes in our area? Check out the informational flyer for more details. Thank you for your help!

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A FREE event you and your kids won’t want to miss!Join engineer, inventor, author, and PBS Design Squad host Nate Ball a...
07/30/2020

A FREE event you and your kids won’t want to miss!

Join engineer, inventor, author, and PBS Design Squad host Nate Ball as he builds a zipline in his backyard live online.

Register now to watch live on Zoom at 2 p.m. today: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApc-mrqTkoH9GodHEh6gMOc0VWUfIQzbbq

If you want to follow along and participate from home, you'll want to gather:
cardboard (from a cereal box or back of a notepad),
paper clips
ping-pong ball, small toy, and/or EGG (hard mode!)
4 plastic straws or skewers
scissors
single-hole punch
2–4 small paper cups (3-oz. [89 ml])
smooth line (4 ft. [1.2 m]) (fishing line or unwaxed dental floss)
tape (duct or masking)
weights (10 pennies or 5 flat steel washers [1-in. (2.5 cm)])

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Join NASA to countdown a historic launch!The newest and most sophisticated Mars rover to date, Perseverance, is ready fo...
07/29/2020

Join NASA to countdown a historic launch!

The newest and most sophisticated Mars rover to date, Perseverance, is ready for liftoff. Aboard the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 541 rocket from Space Launch Complex 41, Perseverance is first scheduled to launch at 7:50 a.m. on July 30, 2020. After traveling for seven months, the rover will land on Mars’ Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021. Perseverance will seek out signs of ancient life on the Red Planet and collect rock and soil samples for future return to Earth.

Sending a rover to Mars has many challenges, including choosing the best window for launch. As Earth and Mars orbit around the sun, the Earth will pass Mars approximately once every 26 months. Launches to Mars are positioned at this same frequency so that anything launched from Earth will have a relatively short trip of several months to reach Mars. If the July 30 date becomes a no-go, NASA has other launch windows scheduled through April 15. For a list of those launch windows, click here: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/timeline/launch/launch-windows/.

To follow along with NASA and watch the launch live, check out https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/timeline/launch/watch-online/

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This is an eastern box turtle that was recently found in Greenville. Eastern box turtles are classified as "Vulnerable;”...
07/28/2020

This is an eastern box turtle that was recently found in Greenville. Eastern box turtles are classified as "Vulnerable;” many are killed by cars each year and their population is declining. Keep an eye out for them, but if you find one, don't move it! If you move the turtle somewhere that seems safer to you, the turtle will make a dangerous journey back to its small home range.

If you look closely at a box turtle’s eyes, you can tell if you have found a male or a female. This is a female turtle, because her eyes are brown. Male box turtles usually have red eyes.

If you do find any box turtles (or other reptile or amphibians) you should share a picture with us! If you want to help scientists track reptiles and amphibians, you can submit your observations here: http://www.herpmapper.org/

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Are you a middle school or high school student looking for a project with purpose? This summer, National Geographic is e...
07/23/2020

Are you a middle school or high school student looking for a project with purpose? This summer, National Geographic is encouraging young people from around the world to join together to tackle the plastic pollution problem and create positive change for our planet.

The Global Plastics GeoChallenge 2020 Home Edition is going on right now and runs through Aug. 7. Be sure to share your solutions using #GenGeo and share with us on social media #RoperMountain

Middle School: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/media/global-plastics-geochallenge-home-edition-middle-school-guide/

High School: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/media/global-plastics-geochallenge-home-edition-high-school-guide/

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402 Roper Mountain Rd
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29615

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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We wanted to see the butterflies. 😢
Hi all! Is the Science Center opening this summer along with Butterfly Adventure? Asking as things are slowly reopening and would love to make a trip up there.
What is the bright cluster of stars in the western sky right now?
Great place for kids to learn...
Roper Mountain Science Center I purchased tickets this AM to the light show tonight, but to the wrong time. I have been calling all day, is there any way to change the times?? Tickets are still available to all time slots....
Can you purchase tickets to the fall fest at the door?
Thank you for the great experience today!