Prepare for the exciting 2017 total solar eclipse at ScienceAlive! on Saturday, February 4, 2017. If you can't join us in person at St. Joseph County Public Library (SJCPL) in South Bend, IN, do these haptic activities with your kids at home or in school. Here's what we're planning to explore with all ages at ScienceAlive.
-Block out a light with a lollipop as if it were the moon eclipsing the sun.
-Customize and keep a free pair of eclipse glasses for your family while supplies last.
-Project dozens of crescent suns simultaneously with a collander, just as you safely can project them during the solar eclipse. You have to try this on August 21!
-Align three stuffed juggle balls to depict the syzygy of sun-moon-earth. (Depict what?!)
-Make a wingspan, and in your hands grasp objects to the scale of earth and of the moon at that distance. For example, at home connect a tennis ball to a dime with a piece of string. How long a string? For a clue, going to the moon is about ten trips around the earth.
-Hand-crank a K'NEX orrery to make a moon whirl around a planet. Bring in a light to cast eclipse shadows.
-Get excited about the solar eclipse with Michiana astronomy enthusiasts at ScienceAlive, who in the past have included (but are not all available in February 2017) Pat Chrenka, Ruth Nieboer, Bill Waskom, Dacota Schrader, William Amos, Ruth Craft, Linda Marks, Steve Accuosti, Eric Sorensen, Bruce Miller, and more.