Partner Profile: Igniting Curiosity and Fueling Wonder at Roper Mountain Science Center
Imagine a place where you can watch a laser show at a state-of-the-art planetarium, view the night skies from an observatory through one of the world’s largest refractor telescopes, visit an authentic living history farm, act as forensic specialist at a fictional crime scene, enjoy an up-close encounter with hundreds of beautiful butterflies and much more.
These activities are part of a typical day of adventure at Roper Mountain Science Center (RMSC), a one-of-a-kind educational facility in Greenville, South Carolina. Founded in 1985, it is funded and operated through public ownership, corporate sponsorship, private support and volunteers. As part of the regular curriculum in Greenville County schools, every student learns about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in real-life settings at the center.
Fluor and its employees have supported RMSC since 1985, contributing to advanced hands-on, story-based learning opportunities for individuals throughout the community. Funds have helped produce lesson plans, purchase educational features for the Hooper Planetarium, procure support technology to advance lessons, and provide for interactive exhibits like the Explore Energy Sustainable Energy Floor and the Brain Works STEM exhibit.
Most recently, RMSC was selected as one of three organizations to receive funding from Fluor’s 2019 Golf for Greenville charitable golf tournament, bringing Fluor’s total investment in RMSC to over $550,000. The grant from Golf for Greenville will be used to help fund a Sustainable Energy Exhibit in RMSC’s new Environmental Science and Sustainability building, which will begin construction later this year.
In addition to financial support, Fluor employees give of their time and talent by volunteering and providing hands-on STEM related activities at RMSC-hosted events like its annual STEMFest. For more than 20 years, Fluor employees have served as board members.
“Fluor is the ideal type of partner we strive to have,” said Michael Weeks, director, Roper Mountain Science Center. “They give selflessly in so many important ways, and have been instrumental in allowing us to foster a sense of passion and creativity in STEM for more than 100,000 visitors, including 50,000 students, who visited us last year. Thank you, Fluor, for your support. We could not do what we do without you.”