Engaging Students in Science Using the 2017 Solar Eclipse
Current events in science—such as this year's total solar eclipse—offer perfect opportunities to inspire students’ interest in the underlying scientific concepts related to those events. The eclipse of August 21, 2017, was the first solar eclipse in 99 years whose path of totality passed over the United States from coast to coast. Dr. Jay M. Pasachoff, Chair of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group on Solar Eclipses and Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College, coauthored the AccessScience Eclipse article and a recent Briefing on this topic as well. In May, he presented a webinar on engaging students in science using the 2017 solar eclipse. Sponsored by AccessScience and hosted by ACRL/Choice, this webinar focuses on the excitement of this rare scientific event and includes compelling footage of Dr. Pasachoff’s worldwide travels to observe solar eclipses. Watch the replay here.