We are excited about this year’s Solar Eclipse, and we think it’s a great opportunity for teachers! This is the first Solar Eclipse in the contiguous United States since 1979, so it’s a unique learning opportunity. To help you incorporate the event in your classroom, we’ve gathered fantastic resources from the PTRA community for student learning activities. Let us know how they work in your class by tagging us on social media (@aapt_ptra) and using the hashtag #ptraeclipse
Pics from the AAPT Solar Fest July 2017
Data from Solar Eclipse. Taken at Knob Noster, MO by KJ Matsler
ExportedData taken with wireless PASCO light and temperature sensors
Data taken from LabQuest 2, UVA, UVB, Pyranometer, and temperature probes to be posted as soon as I figure out how to get word press to accept cmbl files. If you need them individually, email us.
Penny Melter – Melt a penny by focusing the sun’s light rays
CAUTION: be sure you are wearing solar glasses when using this to melt metal and anyone nearby needs to have them too. Adjusting the lens can cause severe burns. These lenses are used to start campfires, respect their ability to focus the sun’s rays.
Solar Oven – Use the sun’s rays to cook lunch
Build Solar Houses, measure differences in temperature of insulated vs. noninsulated
Page Keeley Probe on Eclipse – Moon Phase and Solar Eclipse
Build your own Telescope – PVC Telescope
Build a Solar Viewing Funnel – Instructions
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Heliophysics YouTube Channel
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