Fort Discovery says farewell

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"I'm really upset ... I like the puzzles here. I like how they're challenging." -- Callie Corder , 10  Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
"I'm really upset ... I like the puzzles here. I like how they're challenging." -- Callie Corder , 10


Children and adults took their last glides Friday on the gravity-defying Moon Walk, their last spins on the revolving Human Gyro and their last yells into the Echo Tube at the National Science Center's Fort Discovery.

On the center's last day of business, families filtered through the two floors of science exhibits, and staff said goodbye.

After 13 years, the educational center closed its doors Friday as part of a restructuring plan that will move its headquarters to Washington, D.C.

The move leaves Augusta without a science center and will put the 19 Fort Discovery employees out of work.

"We were very dedicated and committed to Fort Discovery," said the center's controller, Paige Tom. "I'm going to miss the co-workers and the sound of children. It just brings life to the place."

Donnie Tomlinson learned of the shutdown while visiting from Hiawassee, Ga., with his son, Roman.

"I've only been here 30 minutes, and I see a lot I like," Tomlinson said. "They probably get more out of here than they do in actual school."

And in the PowerStation, where staff performs live science demonstrations, Joshua Bush, 21, stood before his audience for the last time. He showed giggling children how to make a kazoo out of a straw and how to shatter glass with acoustics.

As he finished and waved goodbye, he caught himself saying what he wished could have been true for another 13 years.

"Thanks for coming! Please come ba -- oh, wait."

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 01/01/11 - 07:52 am
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Augusta really messed up in

Augusta really messed up in letting FD go...I have been going there 10 years with my daughter, now 12, and went yesterday. We will REALLY miss it!!

dawgfan
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dawgfan 01/01/11 - 09:31 am
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it is a sad day in augusta

it is a sad day in augusta seeing fd fold up brought my daughter and nephew many times over the years we always had a great time and learned alot at the same time

ColCo
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ColCo 01/01/11 - 09:34 am
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Perfect location and facility

Perfect location and facility for a riverfront casino!

bettyboop
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bettyboop 01/01/11 - 11:04 am
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yeah just throw the kids

yeah just throw the kids away....and put in gambling...typical augustaspeak

raul
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raul 01/01/11 - 11:20 am
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ColCo, That isn't a bad idea!

ColCo, That isn't a bad idea!

Hucklebuck
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Hucklebuck 01/01/11 - 12:20 pm
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We can't bring gambling to

We can't bring gambling to Augusta. It would bring crime and corruption to or nice........wait a minute we already got that..........let me bet 20.00 on black!!! LOL

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Riverman1 01/01/11 - 01:16 pm
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I remember when Fort

I remember when Fort Discovery opened. The Chronicle had big inserts in the Sunday paper for weeks like this was another Disney World opening. The whole Port Royal development has been a big disappointment from the shopping center to this. Too bad.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/01/11 - 01:16 pm
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Isn't gambling illegal in

Isn't gambling illegal in Georgia?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/01/11 - 01:58 pm
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Well, it's a shame FD has

Well, it's a shame FD has closed. But now that this has happened, it is time for the Army to dissolve this partnership and cut it's loses. The letter and the intent of the public law authorizing this partnership have now been negated and perverted. The "dream" of a hands on science museum and a high tech industrial park outside FG Gate 1 are dead. If the Army wants to run an "educational outreach" program out of Washington, they don't need the slag from FD's implosion coming along for the free ride. I believe that if all of the legal documents establishing the partnership between the Army and the National Science Center Inc. were examined, the responsibilities of the NSC Inc. were the operation and maintenance of FD and the responsibilities for educational outreach were the Army's. Now that FD is closed there is absolutely no reason to continue the ruse that there is a partnership that anywhere resembles what is called for in Congressional law and the Memorandum of Understanding. Congress should revoke this failed partnership and do a clean break instead of allowing an over zealous and ambitious government employee in Washington to continue this ruse. At any rate, nothing from this point forward will benefit Augusta, and Congressman Barrow should initiate action to repeal the public law that authorizes this failed partnership. The law was specific to a science center in Augusta, it failed, and the law should be repealed. If they want to operate out of Washington using the Army's clout and a little of the Army's money they need a new law. With FD's closing the NSC Inc. has effectively exercised it's option under the current governing documents that allows either partner to withdraw and that is what they have done by closing. The lawful partnership is dead and it is time to drive a wooden stake into it's heart and quit throwing good taxpayer dollars after bad.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/01/11 - 04:31 pm
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Dichotomy, you summarize the

Dichotomy, you summarize the situation well. I'm not sure where the authority for all these moves and establishment of a new center in Washington are coming from. You are absolutely right. In these times of budget cuts the whole thing should be eliminated now if it's moving from Augusta.

bclicious
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bclicious 01/02/11 - 10:05 am
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This is just a duplicate

This is just a duplicate story. Why does AC keeping reposting duplicate stories?

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