Eclipse 2017: Resources for Teachers to Support Space Science Engagement

ID: 50970 Type: Best Practices
  1. Gerald Knezek, UNT, United States
  2. Rhonda Christensen, Institute for the Integration of Technology into Teaching and Learning, UNT, United States
  3. Troy Cline, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States
  4. Carolyn Ng, NASA, United States

Wednesday, March 8 11:50 AM-12:10 PM

Terry Smith, Radford University - School of Teacher Education & Leadership, United States

On August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse will traverse the continental US beginning at Portland, Oregon and passing through Nebraska to Charleston, South Carolina. Persons outside around noon that day at locations as far South as Dallas will witness the effects of an 80-85% eclipse for a few minutes even though they will not see the total solar eclipse corona. Most Millennials in the USA, including those who are teachers or teacher candidates, have never witnessed a total solar eclipse. The NASA Heliophysics Education Consortium (HEC), led by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, is focusing education resources for the coming year on activities that will support learner interest in space science and the solar eclipse in particular. This best practices presentation will feature activities involving technologies such as 2-D and 3-D printing, virtual reality, and solar eclipse glasses that can enhance the understanding and engagement of young learners and their teachers.


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