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Solar Eclipse Timer – STEM App of the Week

Solar Eclipse TimerIf you plan to view the total solar eclipse this year, it helps to know when certain events will occur. Solar Eclipse Timer can help you determine if you’re in the path of totality and the times each significant event will occur during the eclipse.

Description

Solar Eclipse Timer is your smartphone guide for a total solar eclipse. It’s like having your own personal astronomer help you on Eclipse Day! It is extremely simple to use and has unique features that are ONLY found in this app! Just get into the path of the solar eclipse, and then with just 2 taps on your device, the app is ready to “talk” you through the eclipse.

Cost: $1.99
Platforms: Android and iOS
Rating: E (Google Play Store)/4+ (Apple AppStore)

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Osmo Coding Jam Unboxing and Reveal

The latest fun & interactive game from Osmo has just been announced and I have a copy to review. Look for a review in an upcoming podcast. Until then, here’s an unboxing video for you!

Osmo Coding Jam

Coding Jam combines coding and creativity and is fun for kids ages 5-12. The open-ended approach allows kids to make cool music and share their creations with others.

Your kids will learn:

  • Coding fundamentals
  • Pattern recognition
  • Sequencing and loops
  • Rhythm, harmony and melody
  • Creative coding

Coding Jam is currently available to purchase in the Osmo Store and at Amazon. It will ship May 25th. Keep in mind that you’ll also need a base (if you don’t already have one) to use the game.

I’ll reveal more about Coding Jam in an upcoming podcast so make sure you’re subscribed.

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2017 Total Solar Eclipse Infographic

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.

2017 Total Solar Eclipse

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.

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