Solar eclipse: Keeping kids interested in science

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Staff members at the Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida in Panama City make sure the science sticks, and they teach lessons hitting close to home.

Last week, during the "Creatures of the World" summer camp, students painted giraffe spots and even analyzed the DNA of giraffe spit.

"Giraffes [have] long tongues," one of the students said laughing.

"When I grow up, I'm going to be a sea veterinarian," Leona Rhodes said.

"It's just fun. I like science because sometimes you test out things you've never done before in your whole life," Jack Putre said.

"We just really like the kids to learn about the world and the earth through hands on stuff," Ashley Johnston, the Education Coordinator for the Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida, explained. "We think this is important because science is in our everyday life. Everywhere we look, and kids are curious."

With proper eye protection, they'll get a chance to see science in the sky during the solar eclipse August 21.

"There's so much to learn about and we try to touch each base with science for the kids so every single child will have something they're interested in and they can come here and learn with us," Johnston said.

"If you want to be a scientist you could learn a lot about science stuff," Rhodes said.