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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: To inspire exploration, discovery and interest in science through the highest quality educational programs and interactive exhibits.

Results: Our outreach programs have helped increase 5th grade student performance on the FCAT exam.

Target demographics: The museum’s target audience is families.  Our in-house education programs are geared towards children between the ages of 6 and 13.  Our outreach programs are targeted towards children in elementary school.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 15000

Geographic areas served: Northwest Florida

Programs: FCAT Prep, Family Science Night, Portable Planetarium, Traveling Science, Home School Days, Saturday Morning Science, Summer Science Camps,

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Emerald Coast Science Center is full of potential. From the outside it looks small, but once you go in you are greeted with four areas to explore different parts of science. One of my favorite areas is the Hall of Life with dedicated hands-on exhibits about different parts of the human body. Not only does ECSC offer a hands-on science exploration experience, the center also provides educational support to local schools. In particular the center focuses on providing FCAT science materials to elemenatry and middle schools as well as outreach programs. With their portable planetarium they can bring the stars to any classroom. Most importantly, the facilities and programs offered by ECSC are designed to get the whole family involved and spark the curiosity and creativity of younger generations. With community support ECSC can grow and continue to adapt to the needs of the area.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

Our experience with the Emerald Coast Science Center has always been exciting and new. Each summer I bring my children along with their friends to explore and play at the Science Center. What is great about the Science Center is they never grown old as it is always changing and growing. Some exibits do remain the same, yet as my children grow and mature, they are able to think differently about it each time. Living here and having access to such a wonderful, fun place is great. What the Science Center does as far as contributing to our local schools is phenomenal. The director is agressive about going out and signing up our local schools to assist in Science programs. We are thrilled to have the Science Center in our community. We are excited about the future contribution it will bring to our children. What a great place to learn and grow and explore!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

we have a great little science center. they are very active in the schools offering fcat training. we are in need of growing our attendance, so as a new board member, i hope to help with raising awareness

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Board Member

Rating: 4

I am a board member, but I am also a parent of 2 preschoolers who love the science center. It has many fun, interactive, and educational displays. My wife brought her MOPS group through as a field trip one day. The kids had a blast looking at the animals, playing in the bubble room, learning about the human body, looking at the optical illusions, etc. Some of the displays need updating, but all in all Jamie et al do an excellent job educating and entertaining our kids. In addition, the Science Center has excellent extra curricular activities, including FCAT prep, birthday parties, family science nights, and astronomy courses... Very much worth checking it.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This is one of our favorite stops when we visit the area. The staff are knowledgeable, the exhibits educational and my children love it.

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emerald-coast-science-center 08/21/2010

Thank you for taking the time to comment. We value our repeat visitors.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

The Emerald Coast Science Center is a great asset to our community and school district. Our family has participated in a variety of experiences at the Science Center. We routinely visit when in the downtown Ft. Walton area. Each of our children has their favorite display sections and always leave more curious about some aspect of science. Our children have also hosted their birthday parties at the Science Center; a great way to introduce more families to the Science Center and have fun at the same time. The kids enjoy the science activity and get to take home their creation. As a school parent volunteer, I have also accompanied students attending the Science Center during a field trip. These excursions allow all children the opportunity to explore the world of science. Our school's PTO incorporated the Science Center's "Family Science Night" program into our Science Fair. It was wonderful to see kids and adults learning about science at each different experiment table. Our children have attended various science camps and programs at the Science Center. This summer our two oldest daughters had a blast in the Lego Robotics camp. The Science Center creates that "spark" in young children via its hands-on displays and programs. Through its many varied programs, the Science Center helps cultivate that interest as students grow and develop.

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emerald-coast-science-center 08/21/2010

Melissa - thank you for your kind comments. Your family has experienced almost every one of our education programs and we thank you for your support.

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Board Member

Rating: 3

Working on the board has given me a new appreciation for the EC Science Center and its' importance to the community. The EC Science Center plays a very important role in our schools as well. We help expose kids to science in a way our teachers cannot. I have also had the pleasure of working with the Executive Director, Jamie. He is dedicated and eager to see the EC Science Center succeed and continue to help kids stay interested in science.

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emerald-coast-science-center 08/21/2010

Thanks, Peggy. We need more active supporters like you!

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Board Member

Rating: 4

The Emerald Coast Science Center has partnered with me to help our struggling schools by enriching their curriculum with such great programs as: "Family Science Night," "Afterschool FCAT Prep," and "The Mobile Planatarium." Jamie and the staff empower our teachers to make science more real for our students.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Emerald Coast Science Center is a fantastic part of the downtown community and in the schools. I have participated in their on campus programs at the local schools and was amazed by the student, parent, science interaction. This was a fantastic opportunity for parents and students to learn together. I have also participated with field trips and classroom activities at the science center and believe the hands on approach gives the student a better understanding of science. Above and beyond the science center is a major attraction to the area bringing learning and fun to children and families.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member at the E.C.S.C. for 8 months. In that time I have seen the only science center on the Gulf Coast of Florida fall on hard times due to this countries economic sitauation. However, I have also seen the members of this board rally to support the children of this community by working together to save this center, operate with better systems, and expand to reach more learners inside the center and outside at local schools. The director, Mr. LaFollette is extremely committed to the education and enlightenment of our children and driven by his passion for teaching. Bring the children, lets us do the rest, and they will blossom.