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.
If 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.
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.
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
I’ll reveal more about Coding Jam in an upcoming podcast so make sure you’re subscribed.
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.
For the last 3 years, my kids and I have done a little programming project before the Super Bowl.
We program Dash and Dot by Wonder Workshop to choose the winner of the Big Game.
We have a lot of fun coming up with ideas and this year instead of spinning around in a circle, I challenged them to do a little bit more.