Corona of a the Sun

Join us for a two-part series on August 17th & 24th. Students will get to connect with astronomers before and after the August 21st solar eclipse to learn about how scientists observe this phenomenon, and then share what they learned during this eclipse.


Don't worry, you can still explore our educational resources for the upcoming Solar Eclipse on August 21! Check out our recorded webinar to learn how to engage students to explore the phenomenon of a solar eclipse, and find a folder of classroom-ready materials.

What to expect during this Special Live Event
Map of solar eclipse

On Monday August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will see a wondrous natural spectacle — a total eclipse of the Sun. It is a scene of unimaginable beauty; as the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight and the Sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky. In this two-part Scientist's Scoop, join us to learn about the beautiful phenomenon of a total solar eclipse and share our observations and perspectives on this spectacular event. 

Webchat Session 1 - Prepare for a Solar Eclipse (Aug 17th)
During this 45-minute session,  your students will prepare to observe the solar eclipse. We will begin by reviewing the motions of the Sun, Moon and Earth. During this modeling, student will see how the motion of these three objects can align to produce an eclipse. Then, we explore the concept of scale during a hands-on activity in your classroom to discover how the very small Moon could seemingly completely block the Sun. Because this solar eclipse's path crosses North America, we have a rare opportunity to collect data and make observations from different perspectives across the continent. Students will practice scientific sketching to prepare to make observations during the eclipse. At the end of this session, Academy Educators will demonstrate 2 easy and affordable ways to view the Solar Eclipse SAFELY!

Solar Eclipse Day! (Aug 21st)
As a class, your students will observe and record their data during the total solar eclipse. Determine the observing time for the solar eclipse for your location by checking out NASA's interactive map.

Webchat Session 2 - Share Your Experience (Aug 24th)
During this second 45-minute session, your students will reconnect to share their observations and data collected during the eclipse. Together, we will discuss why people have different experiences and observations.

This program is designed to be interactive in nature! Students will have the opportunity to ask Academy science educators about their curiosities regarding making observations, the solar eclipse, and much more.

Can't join us around The Great North American Eclipse? Check out other Solar Eclipse Educational Material or Special Live Events.

Grades: 3rd Grade - 8th Grade
Program Duration: 45 minutes
Price: Free
Time Slots: 9:00 am, 10:30 am