For nearly three decades, children have opened their eyes to science, engineering and mathematics while getting slimed, playing astronaut and getting a their hands a little dirty.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, area children are invited to celebrate innovations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center and other sites on the USC Aiken campus.

More than 3,000 adults and children are expected to participate in the 27th Annual Science Education Enrichment Day that will include more than 60 hands-on activities from companies, nonprofits and other organization, said John Hutchens, director of special programs at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center.

This is the seventh SEED event to be held on the USCA campus.

Hands-on exhibits and activities will include exhibitors with the U.S. Army, WAGT 26 Meteorology Team, the American Chemical Society, the South Carolina Aquarium, the Red Cross and more.

Children will have a chance to learn about robotics, earthquakes, neuroscience and other disciplines.

“One of the goals each year is to give young learners up-close-and-personal interaction with real world scientists, engineers and other technical professionals,” Hutchens said.

SEED organizers recognize that, as a society, we must continue to excite and engage area families in science and engineering because that’s where many of today’s and tomorrow’s jobs will be, Hutchens said.

SEED is presented by the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center on the campus of USCA in conjunction with Aiken County Public Schools.