Educational Involvement

Getting Ready for the Sky Event of the Decade: The 2017 All-American Eclipse of the Sun (A Guide for How to Help Your Audiences, Students, and Community Understand and View it Safely)

A National Science Teachers Association Virtual Conference with Dennis Schatz (Pacific Science Center) and Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College) and featuring Claire Raftery (National Solar Observatory) on Saturday, October 15, 2016, 10 AM – 2 PM ET [if you cannot attend at that time, a recorded version will also be available]. This interactive program is ideal for teachers in grades 4 – 12, science curriculum specialists, park rangers, librarians, museum educators, youth group leaders, and anyone working with the public. There is a fee for registration. In this practical virtual conference, Dennis Schatz and Andrew Fraknoi, two experienced astronomers and educators, will:

  • introduce the general topic of eclipses and what they can teach us;
  • explain where, when, and how to view the 2017 eclipse safely;
  • lead a series of NGSS-aligned hands-on activities for classrooms and informal science settings;
  • show you how to get the most out of the new NSTA Press e-book of activities that is included in your registration fee: Solar Science: Exploring Sunspots, Seasons, Eclipses, and More;
  • discuss how the teachers and informal educators can become a locus of eclipse education and outreach in their communities, including how to get a kit of safe-viewing glasses (with examples from what teachers are already planning);
  • host an introductory discussion of the latest solar science with a scientist specializing in the study of the Sun with Dr. Claire Raftery from the National Solar Observatory.

Radiosonde Project: We need your help! Will you be within the path of totality? Would like to be involved or get your students involved in the Radiosonde Project? We are looking for cloud based observations from locations across the path of totality during the eclipse. No previous experience necessary, only a scientific curiosity. This Introduction to Clouds chart and Cloud Reporting form will help document your observations. After you have made your observations on August 21st, 2017, please mail your recordings to:

Attn. Jen Fowler
Montana State University
Barnard Hall 264
Bozeman, MT 59717

The Citizen CATE Experiment: If you are interested in science and want to be actively involved in observing the Sun during the 2017 total solar eclipse, check this out: The Citizen Continental America Telescopic Eclipse Experiment. This looks like an INCREDIBLE opportunity to be a part of learning about the corona of the Sun. Learn more on their Google site here.