Scientist's Scoop: The Great North American Solar Eclipse
Students joined us for a two-part series on August 17th & 24th. Students connected with astronomers before and after the August 21st solar eclipse to learn about how scientists observed this phenomenon, and then share what they learned during this eclipse.
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.
On Monday August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States saw a wondrous natural spectacle — a total eclipse of the Sun. It was a scene of unimaginable beauty; as the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime became a deep twilight and the Sun’s corona shimmered in the darkened sky. In this two-part Scientist's Scoop, students joined us to learn about the beautiful phenomenon of a total solar eclipse and shared 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 prepared to observe the solar eclipse. We will began by reviewing the motions of the Sun, Moon and Earth. During this modeling, student saw how the motion of these three objects can align to produce an eclipse. Then, we explored 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 had a rare opportunity to collect data and make observations from different perspectives across the continent. Students practiced scientific sketching to prepare to make observations during the eclipse. At the end of this session, Academy Educators will demonstrated 2 easy and affordable ways to view the Solar Eclipse SAFELY!
Solar Eclipse Day! (Aug 21st)
As a class, students observed and recorded 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 reconnected 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.