On Monday, August 21st at 11:47 a.m., a total eclipse of the sun was visible across parts of the United States. This rare event had not occurred in the past 99 years. Flagstaff Academy, with a science and technology focus, made the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students.
Flagstaff Academy provided safety viewing goggles for all students and staff. For viewing, all students and staff were required to use special eclipse-viewing safety glasses as safety is our prime consideration. In addition to the actual eclipse viewing, our school's participation included:
Our Science Lab Teacher and Greenhouse Manager visited all K-5 classrooms in order to provide an interactive astronomy lesson to prepare the students to watch the eclipse.
Our Middle School students learned about the eclipse and make pinhole shadow boxes to use during the viewing event.
Eclipse information and projects for families and students to view and complete at home was available and included Citizen Science Projects for families who travelled to see the eclipse. Citizen Science Projects are listed on Space.com:
- GLOBE Observer
- Eclipse Megamovie: This will collect images from more than 1,000 volunteer photographers and amateur astronomers (and anyone else who is interested) to make a view of the total eclipse during its journey across the United States.
- Citizen CATE (Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse): This will take images of the inner solar corona, using 60 telescopes used by high schools, universities and citizen scientists. The goal is to get high-resolution imagery of the corona for 90 minutes.
- iNaturalist (California Academy of Sciences): This iTunes app will let people record the observations of organisms at their eclipse-watching locations. The academy suggests people record observations 30 minutes before totality, during totality and 30 minutes after totality.