National Science Teachers Association The Great American Eclipse of 2017

This web seminar took place on August 10, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The presenters were NSTA Press Authors Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz. Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

Program Abstract

On Monday, August 21, 2017, you can experience the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental U.S. in almost 40 years. The spectacular total eclipse will only be visible in a narrow band about 60 miles across, stretching diagonally across the country from Oregon to South Carolina. Everyone in North America located outside the narrow band will see a partial solar eclipse.

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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My Profile area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "I enjoyed the combination of slides, question/answer, and the chat room action. I learned that there are valuable resources for my third grade class on the NSTA site (the 8 page article). The book When the Sun Goes Dark sounds very interesting to share with my class. The different ways to view the eclipse were super. I hope to guide my students in building one of them next week."
  • "Very timely and informative web seminar! I was already looking forward to the eclipse but after participating in the seminar, I am very excited about sharing this amazing event with my colleagues and students!"
  • "It was fabulous. I love all of the resources, so keep that list for whatever webinar you provide. I loved all the links as well. I learned more about the difference between a solar and lunar eclipse and why a solar eclipse--at least a total solar eclipse--is so rare."
  • "I had done some research, but it still was reassuring to hear the information coming from professionals. I enjoyed learning about the other ways to view the eclipse such as through a colander! I also liked hearing that we should focus on viewing the eclipse instead of trying to take photos or video. The image of the moon's shadow on Earth (off China's coast) was also helpful to understand what the eclipse looks like from space."

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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