In partnership with the William M. Starkel Planetarium
at Parkland College, we organized teacher workshops on the eclipse with ideas for the classroom.
Remember that for Urbana-Champaign, the eclipse will start at 11:53:30 am.
It will reach a maximum of 93% blocked by 1:20:37pm. It is all over at 2:44:56pm. The best time
to look will be as close to the maximum, since it will be the largest difference.
Below we share the fair-use slides for the presentation:
Slides, Keynote: We used Keynote to make the slides, so this is the original version.
Slides, PDF: PDF version of the slides, each page for animation.
Build a pinhole camera. An easy activity that allows anyone to view a partial eclipse easily. We recommend using a long wrapping paper tube or a long cereal box. The longer, the bigger the image of the Sun will be. We do not recommend using index cards or paper plates for pinhole camera. Students may be tempted to "look" through them. The other benefit of the pinhole tubes is that they are easy to point. If your students are at a higher level, one can use this to calculate the diameter of the Sun.
Sun diameter = (Distance to Sun) * (Diameter of pinhole image) / (distance from pinhole to image).
Schools can watch the total solar eclipse live (or recorded) from multiple sources.
The NASA location is https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-live-stream and eventually the full google megamovie will be available https://eclipsemega.movie and will be the FIRST time humans can watch totality over such a long time period. Maybe we will see something we have never seen before!