Archaeological detectives of all ages will get a chance to hone their investigative skills through a new traveling exhibition that is part of Roper Mountain Science Center Summer adventure program, which will run from June 1 to August 6.
“The mystery of the Mayan medallionThe exhibition takes visitors to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, where they will try to solve mysteries in an abandoned archeological camp, “Object 25”.
RMSC Assistant Director Thomas Riddle said the new show follows last year’s introductory traveling exhibition Summer Adventure, “Be the Dinosaur.”
“Last year’s summer adventure was a new program that we introduced, and the response was, frankly, quite huge,” Riddle said.
The new exhibit located in Environmental science and sustainability building, will teach visitors about the history and culture of the Maya, including research into their spiritual beliefs, writing system and in-depth understanding of astronomy.
RMSC is also unveiling three new permanent exhibits for the first time this summer:
- Everbright is located in Sustainable future exhibit. This color zone is an interactive LED, similar to a giant Lite-Brite toy. The mesmerizing animations evoke an interactive video wall with dials that maintain a touch of simplicity and accessibility for people of all ages and abilities.
- IN Farm to the table The exhibition shows the importance of agriculture in South Carolina and how environmental health affects the quality of the food we eat. Brought to RMSC by the South Carolina Farm Bureau, the exhibition will also provide the opportunity for visitors to take home a package of green leafy seeds – the official vegetable of South Carolina.
- IN Letter for waste The exhibition, presented by Greenville County Litter Prevention, provides lessons and challenges presented through videos accessible via QR codes as visitors pass from the Environmental Science and Sustainability Building. Harrison Hall in Natural Sciences. The exhibition is part of a national art installation initiative and is the first Litter Letter project in South Carolina.
The Summer Adventure program will also include popular ongoing interactive activities, including the Nature Exchange, where visitors trade and learn about ethically collected natural sites, including desirable collectibles such as shells and geodes in the stock exchange’s “store.”
Visitors eager to experience the dinosaur can explore the popular outdoors Dinosaur Adventure Trail. It includes life-size dinosaur models, fun facts and other learning activities, and this year includes two new dinosaurs.
Summer Adventure is open from 10 am to 4 pm from Tuesday to Saturday. Admission is $ 12 for teens and adults (ages 13 and up) and $ 10 for children (ages 3-12) and seniors (ages 60 and up).
Admission is free for children up to 2 years old and for Roper Mountain members. Parking is free and is located in the main car park right next to the entrance. Lunch is available at Connections Café from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is free for children under 18.
For more information, visit ropermountain.org.
Quick facts from the Roper Mountain Science Center
- The center was opened in 1985 and is owned by Greenville County Schools.
- RMSC is home to the Charles M. Daniel Observatory, which houses the eighth largest refractive telescope in North America.
- IN Hooper Planetarium is home to the popular Friday star nights a program that this year will include “Tales of the Mayan Sky” at 7:30 p.m.
- IN Living History Farm has authentic wooden huts, a barn, a smithy, a one-room school and several other structures that have been relocated and reconstructed to showcase life in the early 1800s.