Viewing the 2017 Solar Eclipse is an excellent educational opportunity for your students. We offered a half-day workshop to prepare Jacksonville-area educators on safely viewing the eclipse and incorporating related classroom activities. Slides and links to materials used at the workshop are provided through links embedded in the agenda below.
The workshop was held at the University of North Florida in the Sciences Building 50 on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Attendees of the workshop received free classroom materials including solar viewing glasses, thanks to a grant from the American Astronomical Society. It wouldn’t have been possible without volunteers from the UNF’s Physics Department, students from UNF’s Astronomy Club and members of the North-East Florida Astronomical Society (NEFAS).
Final Workshop Agenda
|9:30 – 10:00 AM||Registration|
|10:00 – 10:10 AM||Welcome and introductions (PDF)|
|10:10 – 11:00 AM||Eclipse 2017 keynote by Dr. Mike Reynolds (PDF)|
|11:10 – 11:40 AM||First Hands-on Session|
|11:45 AM – 12:15 PM||Second Hands-on Session|
|12:15 – 1:00 PM||Free Lunch|
|1:10 – 1:40 PM||Third Hands-on Session|
|1:45 – 2:00 PM||Wrap up (PDF)|
In addition to general information about the 2017 solar eclipse and how to safely view the event with students, we offered the hands-on sessions on the following topics:
- Safely Solar Eclipse Viewing
- Modeling Eclipses
- Photographing the Eclipse
- Dr. Mike Reynold’s Presentation
- Detecting Transiting Exoplanets
- Build Your Own Solar Viewer
- Dr. Hewitt’s Build Your Own Solar Viewer presentation
- Cereal Box / Pinhole Eclipse Viewer
- The Sun Funnel (rear projection for an unfiltered telescope)
- Dr. Richardson’s $1 and $18 Safe Solar Viewers and a video of how to make one
- If you received some Baader Solar Filter Film, here are instructions to make a filter for your telescope or binoculars.
If you would like to know when the eclipse stars, reaches maximum obscuration, and ends, here is a great interactive map. For UNF, the eclipse reaches maximum obscuration at 2:48pm EST.
If you would like even more eclipse information, here are links that you may find useful.