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Take Apart Day teaches kids about mechanics

Dozen of children got to roll up their sleeves -- and dig into electronics and mechanical devices at the Pensacola Mess Hall today.
Take Apart Day is all about kids getting to see the inside of electronics and learning about the 'inter-guts'.

Telephones, answering machines, disc drives and other items were on the menu to disassemble. The experiment is all part of a large learning initiative.

"Even those of us who know the science, have never thought about it. It's a good opportunity for them to explore," said Dr. Megan Pratt, founder of the Pensacola Mess Hall.

Science and math can sometimes be difficult for children to understand...So a hands on activity like this one helps to soften the blow of difficult concepts.

"You don't want them to be afraid, you want it to be something fun," said mother Caroline Smith.

And for 12-year-old Dylan, spending time here at the mess hall has made all the difference.

"Math is on of my strengths in school. Science I think is fun with all of the experiments," Dylan said.

The best part of Take Apart Day is that it's okay to break something and not to fix it.