The Great American Solar Eclipse is coming this summer! On August 21, 2017, people all across the nation will witness a once in a lifetime astronomical phenomenon- and an amazing opportunity to engage students, families, and your communities in science!
Led by Oregon’s network of regional STEM Hubs, this session is specifically for teachers who want to get their kids excited for August’s eclipse, arm them with some viewing safety knowledge, and impact a bit of science knowledge. Teachers will be able to brush up on their Eclipse-science and learn strategies and activities for getting their students excited about this once-in-a-lifetime scientific phenomenon! This session will feature retired NASA professional and avid astronomer Dan Adamo, and help teachers prepare students to view the eclipse safely and develop their understanding of how this amazing phenomenon occurs. While the session will be focused on viewing in Oregon, all teachers are welcome and will be able to gain useful knowledge.
Participants FROM OREGON ONLY will also receive:
a classroom set of Eclipse Safety Glasses to distribute to student
a trial Platinum membership to Oregon Connections, enabling them to connect with professionals like Dan around the country who can shed light on the Eclipse or any other subject area!
a stand-alone lesson that can be delivered during the last week of school or whenever it is convenient, with the goal of exciting students about the upcoming eclipse and arming them with some scientific and safety knowledge of the event.
What is a solar eclipse?
What is the difference between a total and a partial solar eclipse?
Why are these events so rare?
What are the key safety considerations when viewing a solar eclipse?
What resources/materials are available to share with my students?
When will the total solar eclipse happen in Oregon?
Teachers will learn strategies and activities for engaging kids in eclipse science.
Teachers will learn what age-appropriate NGSS standards apply to the solar eclipse.
Teachers will learn about key misconceptions concerning solar eclipses.
Teachers will learn important eclipse safety information.
Teachers will learn about easily accessible online resources for engaging kids in eclipse science.
Teachers unfamiliar with Oregon Connections/Nepris will learn how to use the tool to connect with professionals.
I've posted a Celestia-based eclipse simulation as a 1.6-minute HD video with explanatory captions to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqDpHHXNv08. This will illustrate for your students why eclipses don't occur every month when the Moon is new and full. You can also access a 1-minute HD video simulating the visual appearance of the total solar eclipse in Oregon at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jHASAyga_Q.
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