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FORT WALTON BEACH — The doors of the Emerald Coast Science Center may have closed last month, but center’s educators are still doing science experiments and presenting some of the center’s exotic animals on educational videos that can be viewed by young science enthusiasts from the comfort of their own homes.


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The program, appropriately named "Behind the Scenes Science," is broadcast on Facebook Live at 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with pre-recorded video science lessons posted at the same time on Tuesday and Thursday. The videos are also posted to the Emerald Coast Science Center YouTube page.


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"We’re trying to put this out for both our home school groups…and also just for anyone at home right now trying to figure new ways of learning," said Jacie Chandler, social media coordinator at the center.



"Especially for the parents who don’t know what to do at this time, these videos are definitely for them."


Viewers can post comments or questions to the videos that Chandler or other educators will respond to.


"There’ve been some really good questions," said Chandler. "Someone asked if a hedgehog is blue when it’s born because of "Sonic the Hedgehog" and we talked about the different colorations of hedgehogs in that video.


Last week, educator Erica Govich-Adock, donned a pink pith helmet to give a 20-minute overview of archaeology, covering everything from how excavation pits are dug to what can be learned from sifting through the trash of ancient civilizations.


Govich-Adock shared some replica artifacts as well as enthusiasm for the study.


"Archaeology is the study of past cultures," she told her viewers. "It’s pretty cool... you are basically a detective and you are uncovering clues to learn more about that past culture."


Currently the plan is for the science center to continue to stay closed through the month of April.


In the meantime, these videos offer educators the opportunity to keep sharing science from behind the scenes.


"What we’re trying to do now is give kids and adults a peek into all the different ways we use science in our daily lives," said Emerald Coast Science Center Director Diane Fraser.


"Even though we can’t have people in here, we’re still carrying on our mission."


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