Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 am - 3:00 pm University of South Carolina Aiken (Ruth Patrick Science Education Center) Admission Cost: FREE Family-themed festival celebrating science, technology, engineering and math. The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at the University of South Carolina Aiken (USC Aiken) will host the 37th annual SEED STEM Festival, October 1, 2022 on the university campus, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Imagine getting up close with honeybees, petting an alligator, learning how to make a rain garden, investigating a carnivorous plant, driving a championship robot, or virtually traveling through outer space. Guests will be able to do just that at SEED. 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 scientists, engineers, and other technical professionals. 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 include: More than 40 hands-on exhibits and activities. Exhibits from the Aiken County EMS, American Nuclear Society, Savannah River National Laboratory, SC DNR, USC Aiken, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Southern Nuclear, 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 the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at USC Aiken working closely with the Aiken County Public School District. For more information go to