Month: August 2017

Total Solar Eclipse Experiences

  Today was a day when memories were made. Memories that will last a lifetime. From getting into the car and stopping to write on the windows to christen it “the eclipse bus” to figuring out where we will go for clear skies after learning about the best weather web sites from a meteorologist at…
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August 23, 2017 0

A Better Projection of the Sun

Thanks to Ken Miller, Ken Miller of the GOTO planetarium company, and formerly of Bishop Museum in Hawaii,┬áhere is a better way to project the sun and view it indirectly! Cover a hand mirror with paper. Cut out a dime-sized hole in the paper. Stick the mirror into a lump of clay or bucket of…
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August 15, 2017 0

Eclipse Modeling on Fox 7

It was exciting to be on Fox 7 today to talk about the upcoming eclipse. I love using models to teach astronomical concepts, so I showed a relative size of the earth and the moon. In teaching astronomy, modeling really helps us better understand the phenomena going on above our heads and under our feet.…
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August 14, 2017 0

Teaching Teachers at AISD’s Science and Math Conference

Lucia Brimer and I joined forces and taught a session all about the solar eclipse to teachers in Austin ISD today. Lucia, friend and astronomy educator for the Texas Museum of Science and Technology, planned a wonderful presentation on how eclipses work, what activities they can do with their kids on the first day of…
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August 3, 2017 0

Buda Public Library Reading

  This was another great day! The Buda Public Library hosts summer science classes for kids and I had the opportunity to teach one. I read “Cassandra and the Night Sky”, showed everyone what constellations we can see during the summer time, we made constellation viewers of one of the main characters from the book…
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August 1, 2017 0