Sunday, August 20, 2017

More Than a Little Excited About this Solar Eclipse

August 21 is quickly approaching and I am more than a little excited about this fantastic event. Especially because we live smack in the path of totality! What a gift!!!

Our daughter Rachel called one day with a raging cold and explained that she needed money to pay for her tax-exempt status for the Northern Illinois Regional Science Fair that she is in charge of.  My mommy bear instincts kicked in and I realized I could help.

So I came out of summer retirement to organize a benefit science lab for the NIRS.  It was a great decision.  After all, It's been 99 years since a total solar eclipse came this way.  I don't have time to lose to wait for another one!

We had some fun with the green screen.  :)

We learned how to make cereal box projectors

 pinhole viewers, solar box viewers, colander viewers,

We learned about the history of solar eclipses. Albert Einstein - Caricature | Albert Einstein was a theoret… | Flickr
We learned when to expect the next one.
We learned what to expect during the contact points of the eclipse.   
We learned how to photograph the eclipse and also how to protect our eyes.   

Some attendees accidentally purchased some knock-off defective solar glasses as they discovered during the class.  I hope they can get the right ones before the eclipse.  

We learned about Solar Eclipse Apps.  This is my favorite.  
Hope you enjoy the solar eclipse Monday!!  Please send pictures to my Facebook page.


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