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The Science Zone is using the internet to reach out to the community

 The Science Zone in Casper, Wyo.
The Science Zone in Casper, Wyo. (KCWY)
Published: Apr. 6, 2020 at 6:32 PM CDT
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Though COVID-19 social distancing restrictions forced The Science Zone to temporarily close its doors, they haven’t stopped staff from teaching science. They’re uploading science videos to their Facebook and YouTube pages everyday.

“A lot of us have obviously a lot of science lessons that we’ve done for a number of years. So it was just a way for us to kind of repackage everything and give folks some content everyday,” The Science Zone Executive Director Steven Schnell said.

Segments like “Daily Dose of Science” and “Learn with the Doc” are The Science Zone’s way of bringing its museum into people’s living rooms. Segments range from videos on COVID-19, to how germs spread, to the scientific method, animals and more.

“Some are topical and some are just general science,” Schnell said.

As people deal with COVID-19, science is in the front of their minds.

“It is an opportunity for us to say, ‘Hey, look at how relevant science is in our daily lives and make sure that you as kids, as parents or interested and curious public, make sure you don’t lose that excitement for science,’” Schnell said.

He said Casper residents aren’t the only ones watching The Science Zone’s videos. People across the country, including in New York state and Arkansas have tuned in.

He also said The Science Zone will soon start virtual field trips.