The solar eclipse on August 21st is fast approaching. You can watch it live on KLRU Q starting at 1:30 pm.
Follow the links to explore ways to engage kids as they learn about the solar eclipse. And by all means, do NOT let them look directly at the eclipse when it occurs without special protection!
- The Exploratorium offers a collection of videos on safe eclipse viewing
The NASA’s Eclipse FAQ site offers some great safety and science information
“Build a Sun Funnel for Group Viewing of the Great American Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017” is a step-by-step illustrated guide to constructing a simple, inexpensive device that enables multiple people to observe a projected image of the Sun simultaneously and safely.
- NASA Education: Total Eclipse 2017
- PBS Learning Media Total Solar Eclipse Teacher Toolkit
- Lunar and Planetary Institute “Teachers’ Guide to Solar Eclipses”
- Participate in Eclipse Citizen Science Activities using GLOBE Observer
- NOVA Facebook Live Livestream of the Eclipse
- Eclipse Toolkit from WGBH and PBS LearningMedia
- Events around Central Texas
In addition to the above resources, NOVA will be airing a special episode called Eclipse Over America on Monday, August 21 at 8:00 pm on 18-1 KLRU. It will air 2 days later on Wednesday, August 23rd at 7:00 pm on 18-1 KLRU.
For younger students, you may want to show the kids the 13 minute Ready Jet Go! Total Eclipse of the Sunspot episode that teaches kids about the solar eclipse and how to create a pinhole box viewer to be able to see the eclipse without hurting their eyes. Airtimes
- Tuesday, August 15th at 1:00 pm on 18-1 KLRU
- Tuesday, August 15th at 5:30 pm on 18-4 PBS KIDS
- Friday, August 18th at 7:00 pm on 18-4 PBS KIDS
- Saturday, August 19th at 7:00 pm on 18-4 PBS KIDS
- Sunday, August 20th at 7:00 pm on 18-4 PBS KIDS
- Thursday, August 31st at 5:30 pm on 18-4 PBS KIDS
- Monday, September 25th at 1:00 pm on 18-1 KLRU
Here is the Pinhole Eclipse Projector activity sheet from Ready Jet Go:
We hope you’ll be able to guide your students in their discoveries about the solar eclipse!