The total solar eclipse that will traverse the United States is quickly approaching. Where will you be on August 21, 2017? Don’t miss this opportunity to see a phenomenon you and your kids will talk about for years.
Are your kids excited about the total solar eclipse this summer? Want a handy way to teach them about eclipses? Here’s a great infographic from Space.com that illustrates what causes eclipses and the different kinds you might see.
Quick STEM Tip
You can spend an entire week investigating eclipses. The best application is to figure out the math that determines when an eclipse will occur.
Bonus #1: If you have an artist in the house, have your child draw the relationship of the sun, moon, and earth during an eclipse.
Bonus #2: Take a look through your history books and see when an eclipse occurred at the same time as a major historical event.
WARNING: Never view the sun, even during a total solar eclipse, without protective eye wear.
A total solar eclipse doesn’t come around very often in North America. The last one was 40 years ago and the one happening this year has been getting a lot of attention.
The eclipse will cast a shadow across 12 states as it moves across the country. If you’re along the path of totality, you’ll see the sky plunge into darkness for up to 3 minutes during the day. If you live where where the total solar eclipse isn’t visible, you’ll still see a beautiful partial eclipse.
You’ll want to make sure you have protective eye wear for safely viewing the eclipse. There are some links in the sidebar to solar shades. It’s a good idea to buy some now before supplies run low and prices go up.
Here are the 5 Best Resources I’ve Found for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017:
- NASA Eclipse 2017 – NASA’s official site for the 2017 North American solar eclipse. Get the latest news and scientific data about the eclipse and find out out you can participate as a citizen astronomer.
- Great American Eclipse – Here you’ll find a lot of great original content like videos, posters, and graphics as well as information about eclipse parties in ever state.
- Eclipse 2017 – Provides a lot of great general information about the upcoming eclipse and detailed information about viewing in specific cities along the path of totality.
- Kids Eclipse – Designed for grade K thru 6th grade, Kids Eclipse is produced by an an elementary school teacher to guide children through this spectacular and mystical celestial event.
- Mr. Eclipse – Technical information from a retired NASA astrophysicist and eclipse expert. Includes thorough explanations of the event with links and resources.
Are you travelling to see the total solar eclipse or do you live in a state where it will be visible. Have you planned any activities around the event? Let me know in the comments below!
Special offer for Homeschool Families – STEM Conference for Middle and High School Students – The USA Science & Engineering Festival’s X-STEM Symposium in Washington DC this April!
On Friday, April 28, 2017, the USA Science & Engineering Festival – the largest and only national science festival – will be holding its annual X-STEM Symposium in Washington DC. They are happy to, once again, extend FREE attendance to homeschool families!
The X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium – presented by the U.S. Department of Defense – is a unique conference for kids where some of our nation’s most respected professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will speak to middle through high school students in a “TED-style” format. Continue Reading →