October 2021
Your Monthly News & Updates
Our Mission
To ignite the natural curiosity of all learners to explore and shape their world
Observatory Viewing Returns to Friday Starry Nights
Beginning tonight, visitors of the 7:30 p.m. Friday Starry Nights show can resume star and planet gazing in the Daniel Observatory. The Observatory will be open from 8:15 to 9:30 p.m. each Friday with proper COVID-19 safety protocols in place. 
New Digital Membership Cards
Membership cards are going digital! You will soon be able to access your member cards through the convenience of your phone, including your expiration date, membership level, and the number of children associated to your account. Digital cards will make visiting Roper Mountain and our reciprocal ASTC organizations so easy! 
Details for activating your digital cards will be emailed in the coming weeks. At the time of activation, you will also be instructed to set up a new username and password. Your new log-in information will be required to purchase tickets to events like Afternoon Explorations or Friday Starry Nights, and to register for Summer Camps when that time comes.
Watch your email and our website for information about when your new digital membership card will be available!
Halloween Laser Shows
October 22 and 29
4:30 p.m.
Friday Starry Nights
October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
6 p.m.
Friday Starry Nights
October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
7:30 p.m.
Promoting STEM Careers:
Virtual Job Shadowing Videos
In the Spring of 2021 the Symmes Hall of Science team, our Graphics and Media Specialist, GCS Career Education and industry partners collaborated to create short virtual job shadowing videos that promote STEM careers to middle school students. These videos are able to reach students of all ages so they can hear personal stories and experiences from those who are passionate about their STEM careers. Special thanks to ABB, AFL, GE, Greenville Water, Fluor, Lockheed Martin, and ReWa for making these videos possible.
Congressional Award Winner
We are incredibly proud to honor one of our Symmes’ high school staff members, Jeremiah Tobin, who was one of six students from across the state of South Carolina and one of only 518 students from the nation who received the Congressional Award Gold Medal. Awardees are recognized for setting and achieving challenging goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Expedition/Exploration. Congrats Jeremiah for a well-deserved award!
Clouds, Climate and Catastrophes? Oh my!
Symmes Hall is ready to blow you away with our new 6th grade weather themed stage show where students observe and experience the relationships between water, energy, and Earth that lead to our everyday weather conditions. The show features giant clouds, lightning from our Tesla Coil, ”seeing” heat with our Infrared Camera, and much more.
Special thanks to Fluor for their generous sponsorship of this exciting new program.
Science on Wheels has once again received grant funding from Lockheed Martin. These funds allow Roper Mountain to provide free outreach programing to schools serving qualified communities in Greenville and surrounding counties. Thanks to their partnership, Roper Mountain can serve communities that would otherwise not have the opportunity to partake in our educational programs. 
…that there are two different Black Widow spiders in the Upstate of South Carolina – the Southern Black Widow and the Northern Black Widow? Don’t fret though, because these spiders are reclusive, nonaggressive, and bite only in self-defense… and the chances of dying from a bite is almost zero!

Only the bites of the females can be dangerous, and can sometimes cause nausea, pain, cramps and local swelling. The female Southern Black Widow usually has the characteristic red hourglass-shaped mark on the underside of her shiny black abdomen. The female Northern Black Widow has red dots on her abdomen, sometimes looking like an hourglass split in the middle. Males of both species have red spots on the top or bottom of their abdomens. Black Widow spiders tend to nest near the ground in dark and undisturbed areas. Egg sacs are slightly smaller than a dime in diameter.

South Carolina has 600 spider species and only about 100 are common. Spiders are predators that use their venom to subdue prey and for defense. All spiders produce silk, but only the females make a web. All spiders are venomous, but only the Black Widow can be harmful. Brown Recluses are very, very rare in our state.

If you enjoy spiders, a great book and resource is Spiders of the Carolinas. (hint, you can purchase this book via AmazonSmile and give back to Roper Mountain at the same time!)
Give Back To Roper Mountain:
We've loved welcoming visitors back and are doing all we can to keep everyone at Roper Mountain safe and connected. We are continuing to provide unique opportunities for our community to connect in person and virtually. A donation from you will help move our mission forward and lay the foundation for future success. Please consider making a gift to Roper Mountain today.
You can support Roper Mountain in the Amazon Shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones. Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations. 1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device 2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings' 3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process. We appreciate your continued support of Roper Mountain, now more than ever.
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BMW Manufacturing
Bosch Community Fund
The Daniel-Mickel Foundation
Duke Energy Foundation
Fluor Golf For Greenville
Greater Greenville Sanitation
Greenville County Litter Prevention
Greenville Evening Rotary Charities, Inc.
Greenville Water
John I. Smith Charities
The Late Ernest and Betty Lathem
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Michelin Charity Golf Tournament
Piedmont Arthritis Clinic, PA
Symmes Foundation

Fluor Foundation
Tom and Linda Hamilton
The Darrell Harrison Family
Ron and Tommie Reece
Brad Wyche and Diane Smock

Fielding and Gally Gallivan
Neil and Joy Grayson
Greenville County Soil and Water
Hal and Minor Shaw
Spinx Corporation
State Farm Insurance
AFL Global
Cindy Crick Law, LLC
John R. and M. Margrite Davis Foundation
Rob and Katie Howell
Piedmont Natural Gas
Robert and Madison Wilson
We welcome your feedback. Email Roper Mountain to share your thoughts.