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This section of the web site (so far only one page) is being set up to provide a place to share information about the total eclipse of the sun which will occur on Aug 21, just a little over two months away. Information suitable for inclusion can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'll begin with a NASA webinar for Jun 8 and follow with a letter from NSTA Informal Science Director Dennis Schatz.
June 8, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. ET: Picking Up Steam: Using Models to Understand the Solar Eclipse (Grades K-12) -- Participants will be introduced to problem-based inquiry learning activities related to the solar eclipse. Learn how to bring STEM challenges and the adventure of space exploration to students in the classroom. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/237942
Letter from NSTA Informal Science Director Dennis Schatz
Public libraries across the country are receiving 2 million eclipse viewing glasses and a booklet of information to help prepare the public to view the sky event of the decade – the All American total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. (This distribution of glasses is supported by the Moore Foundation and Google.)
Please consider helping your local library in this effort to inform the public. You can find a map showing libraries near you that are involved in distributing glasses at http://www.starnetlibraries.org/. Suggestions for how your students can be Eclipse Outreach Agents to assist libraries, your school and other community groups are in the March issues of Science Scope and The Science Teacher. If you are planning to go see the total eclipse, you can still be a hero for your librarian in the months before the eclipse.
You may also want to let libraries know about the newest NSTA Kids Press book, When the Sun Goes Dark, for 8 to 13 year olds. It’s in the form of a story, but encourages families to do activities with simple home materials to understand what causes eclipses and how to view them safely.
Thanks for considering being a resource to your local library.
Dennis Schatz and Andrew Fraknoi
"Work hard to find something that fascinates you. When you find it you will know your lifework" -- Richard Feynman
Senior Advisor, Pacific Science Center
Field Editor, Connected Science Learning, an online journal of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)
Informal Science Director, NSTA Board of DirectorsP (206) 218-8946 | F (206) 443-3631 | email@example.com | www.dennisschatz.org