Are you ready for next school year’s solar eclipse “double header” when there is the highly unusual opportunity to see two solar eclipse in one year – an annular eclipse on October 14 of this year and a total eclipse on April 8, 2024? A colleague of mine, Andrew Fraknoi, and I are working with NSTA staff, especially Flavio Mendez, to ensure science educators have the information and resources they need to make the most of these teachable moments.
NSTA now has a webpage dedicated to the eclipses (https://www.nsta.org/eclipse ), which we hope educators will find as “one-stop-shopping” for the information and resources they need regarding the eclipses.
We expect three resources, written specifically for the eclipses, to be especially helpful:
1. NSTA Solar Eclipse Guide for Educators (http://bit.ly/eclipsesforteachers) – Includes ways to find out what will happen at your location, background and teaching suggestions regarding the eclipses, and safe viewing strategies.
2. NSTA Solar Eclipse Guide for Administrators (http://bit.ly/eclipsesforadministrators) – Includes key information school administrators will need, to encourage them to support students observing the eclipse, rather than forbid students to go outside.
3. NSTA Handouts for Family and Friends (http://bit.ly/eclipsesforstudents) – These are two-page handouts for each eclipse, that give the key facts about what happens during the eclipse and suggestions for safe viewing strategies.
Please share this information with colleagues. May you have clear skies for two solar eclipses.