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Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Educational Resources

On Monday, August 21, 2017, people in South Carolina may see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. Use this guide to learn more.

Educational Resources

Total Solar Eclipse Instructional Unit Resources from the SC Department of Education - The total solar eclipse phenomenon has direct correlation to First, Fourth, Eighth, and Earth Science and Physical Science Conceptual Understandings. However, all teachers are encouraged to use the resources below to teach students about this unusual phenomenon occurring across our state in alignment to Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts. It is important that all students, regardless of grade, be prepared for this amazing science phenomenon during the 2016-2017 school year.

The Challenger Learning Center of Richland County School District One - All Teachers in South Carolina have access to total solar eclipse resources at the Challenger Center’s webpage. In preparation for the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, the Challenger Learning Center of Richland One is hosting professional development for Richland One science teachers.

The 'All American' Eclipse: A Guide for Libraries and their Communities - this 24-page guide was developed for libraries by STAR_Net and the NASA@My Library project. It also includes information on companies that sell certified eclipse glasses.

Eclipse Resource Guide - this guide from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific includes information on books, articles, websites and links to vendors that sell eclipse glasses.

NASA K-12 Formal Education - Through our offerings in the history of eclipses, science and math activities, and activities in communication and art, we cover many classroom topics in a unique, cross-curricular manner.

NASA Eclipse Education - NASA website full of has educational materials about the eclipse and the sun, and information on viewing the eclipse with children safely.

American Astronomical Society Eclipse Education - The American Astronomical Society has a page of links to educational resources about eclipses including classroom activities, information about books and educational videos from a number of different sources.

Eclipse Resources from Multiverse at UC Berkeley - UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory provides educational opportunities and resources for a variety of audiences. Their website provides links to other eclipse education resources, including articles on the eclipse that have appeared in journals published by the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA). The articles address eclipse education for various grade levels.

National Solar Observatory Educator Resources - this National Solar Observatory website has a series of educational resources on the eclipse that are organized by grade level.

Braille Guide Gives Users a Feel for 2017 Solar Eclipse - A new tactile guide lets everyone learn more about the upcoming 2017 total solar eclipse — even people who won't be able see it.

STEM Activities

Making a Solar Eclipse Book - An activity on how to model and label a solar eclipse.

How Can the Little Moon Hide the Giant Sun? Exploring Size and Distance - An activity exploring the concept that distance affects how we perceive an object's size, specifically pertaining to the size of the Sun and the Moon as seen from Earth.

Exploring Earth: Bear’s Shadow - This activity can be connected to a storybook about a little bear exploring his own shadow, and also has connections to the geometry of a solar eclipse as the Moon and Sun cast a shadow onto Earth.

Exploring Earth: Rising Sea - A hands-on activity demonstrating ways to use topographical mapping techniques to track changes in sea level. 

Exploring Earth: Investigating Clouds - Participants learn about ways that NASA uses satellite technology to observe clouds from above and explore ways that ground-based data, including some generated through citizen science projects like the GLOBE Observer app, are also used to study Earth’s cloud cover from below.

Exploring the Solar System: Pocket Solar System - A hands-on activity in which visitors make a scale model of the distances between objects in our solar system. They learn that there is a lot of space between planets, and that our solar neighborhood contains many other interesting features and objects.

Exploring the Solar System: Big Sun, Small Moon -  Participants learn that the Sun and Moon appear the same size in our sky because although the Sun is much bigger than the Moon, it is also much farther away.

Exploring the Solar System: Solar Eclipse - A hands-on activity demonstrating how the particular alignment of the Sun, Earth, and Moon can cause an eclipse.

Exploring the Universe: Ice Orbs - Participants learn that planetary scientists at NASA are investigating "icy worlds" in the outer solar system, looking for evidence of liquid water and possible signs of life beneath the icy surface.

Exploring the Universe: Orbiting Objects  - A hands-on activity that invites visitors to experiment with different sized and weighted balls on a stretchy fabric gravity well. The activity models gravitational attraction in space. 

Imagining Life - A hands-on activity in which visitors imagine and draw an extreme environment beyond Earth, then invent a living thing that could thrive in it. 


Fun Challenges, Projects, and Art Ideas

NASA Activities for Everyone - NASA invites you to experience the 2017 solar eclipse in many fun, creative, and challenging ways from family-friendly activities to sophisticated science projects. These activities have been designed to help engage your curiosity and challenge your mind. Observe the moon! Make a Sun Funnel! Perform an eclipse dance! Take a Selfie with the sun! 

NASA Science Challenges - Opportunities for studying lunar features and solar activity, exploring the sun’s atmosphere, and investigating extrasolar planets.

NASA Eclipse Art Projects - Dancing Along the Path, Decorate Eclipse Glasses, Do-It-Yourself Time Capsules!, Eclipse Art Quilt Project, Eclipse in Six, and Predict the Corona.

Eclipse Viewing - Make a Sun Funnel and Solar Viewing Projector.

3D Printable Pinhole Projectors - Celebrate the eclipse by making your own 3D Printed Pinhole Projector in the shape of the USA and/or a US State.

Make a Viewing Card and Box  - video from the University of South Carolina College of Education on how to make viewing card and box to safely watch the upcoming eclipse.

NASA's Braille Book - Getting a Feel for Solar Eclipses

Getting a Feel for Eclipses explains details surrounding the August 2017 total solar eclipse. To commemorate this event a tactile guide has been created. Tactile graphics provide an illustration of the interaction and alignment of the Sun with the Moon and the Earth. For more information, please visit: