May 2020
Your monthly news & updates
Our Mission
To ignite the natural curiosity of all learners to explore and shape their world
MOUNTAIN UPDATES
As a facility of Greenville County Schools , we are closed until further notice to keep visitors and staff safe from the spread of COVID-19. Please check our website or social media for details on when we will re-open to the public for special events. 
eLearning Videos
We are committed to providing educational opportunities for all families while learning from home. Our science and social study specialists have curated tons of video shorts on a variety of topics that meet state standards guidelines. These videos and at-home activities are for all ages, with specific instructions for grades 1 through 8.  
Virtual Earth Day
Virtual Earth Day 2020 was held on April 22 to share our passion for sustainability by providing educational content and focusing on positive actions people can do every day in their community. It was a full day of educational and “how to” videos as well as a number of great activities, projects, Facebook Live segments, and videos rolled-out virtually across our website, Facebook and YouTube. We also brought in local conservation groups from Lake Conestee Nature Preserve, Greenville Soil and Water Conservation District, Save Our Saluda and ReCraft Creative Reuse Center. Entercom’s B93.7 and Magic 98.9 partnered with us to spread the word on this special event.
Another virtual education opportunity was provided by STEM Teacher, Joe Blizzard, when he recently appeared on Kidding Around Greenville’s Virtual Playdate. During this live session, Joe provided an at-home fun and interactive activity on the science of sound. He even broke out his ukulele and guitar!
DEPARTMENT UPDATES
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY BUILDING UPDATE
The new building is really taking shape inside. All framing and drywall has been completed, and all windows are installed. Lots of electrical work and other “inside the walls” construction are taking place before we start to do the cosmetic updates.
MOUNTAIN HIGHLIGHT - SYMMES HALL OF SCIENCE
Thanks to a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Greenville we were able to purchase 30 new iPad Air tablets and protective cases. These tablets will upgrade apps for coding camps for 1 st - 5 th graders, upgrade our 5 th grade Sphero apps for our immersive Spy Academy (Forces and Motion) Lab, as well as enhance our 7 th grade Forensics Labs (Chemistry and Genetics). We are excited about the possibilities these new devices bring and are evaluating their use for future 3 rd and 8 th grade STEM labs and other public programming.
During the COVID-19 crisis, our STEM Teacher, Joe Blizzard, has led our 3D printing efforts to print face mask buckles for Pelham Medical Center. To-date, Symmes Hall Of Science staff have collectively printed over 600 buckles. The buckle designed by Joe helps relieve pressure on the ears of medical workers who are wearing them for long periods of time.
Additionally, we 3D printed over 30 face shield parts which we delivered to our colleagues at Synergy Mill who are leading the Greenville 3DforCovid efforts by assembling face shields for medical personnel and sending them to where they are needed around the US.
DID YOU KNOW?
that Roper Mountain Science Center is a watershed divide that separates neighboring watersheds along our ridge? Look closely at the Save Our Saluda Interactive Watershed Map . Near the top of our ridge is a boundary between areas that are drained by different river systems. One side of our mountain (the western side) is part of the Upper Reedy River watershed with rain draining into the Reedy River, and the other side of our mountain (the eastern side) is part of the Enoree River watershed, with rain draining into the Enoree River. We are so excited to tell the watershed story when our new Environmental Science and Sustainability Center opens early next year.
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Give Back To Roper Mountain:
Have you considered making Roper Mountain one of the charities you support? Without donations, we wouldn’t be able to invest in the hands-on, story-based lessons children come to know and love when here for school field trips; we wouldn’t be able to be the “place of yes” for visitors who attend our public programs; and we wouldn’t be able to invest in our current and future workforce in the community. Please consider making a gift to Roper Mountain today.
AmazonSmile
What if you could contribute to science education without spending a dime? Go to Smile.Amazon.com and choose Roper Mountain Science Center Association as your charity. Bookmark the site – which looks exactly like the regular Amazon site – so that when you make your normal purchases, we will be credited.
THANK YOU COMMUNITY PARTNERS!
Visionary:
Duke Energy Foundation
Fluor Foundation
Greater Greenville Sanitation
Greenville Water
John I. Smith Charities
The Jolley Foundation
Ernest and Betty Lathem
Lockheed Martin
Michelin Charity Golf Tournament
Piedmont Arthritis Clinic, PA
ScanSource
Symmes Foundation
 
Explorer:
Community Foundation of Greenville
GE
Greenville Evening Rotary Charities, Inc.
Bill and Jean Schmidt

Voyager:
BMW Manufacturing
South Carolina Charities, Inc.
Wells Fargo Foundation
 
Adventurer:
Aeronix, Inc.
Chick Fil-A of Pelham Road
Milliken
Ron and Tommie Reece
State Farm Insurance

Innovator:
AFL Global
Fluor
ZF North America, Inc.
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
We welcome feedback on what you like to read about or see more of when you visit Roper Mountain. Email Amanda Lenar to share your thoughts.