Day Before Eclipse
On that day we are going to be citizen scientists, we are going to be measuring the temperature change during totality. In the previous day we will talk about what the temperature drop will look like and what type of graph might that be for the entire day? We will take guesses and put them up on the white board with sticky notes.
I will show them the air temperature in Lusaka, Zambia during the June 21 solar eclipse.
I will ask the students how this will be different or the same from their graph, and what the change in air temperature was and how they think they measured air temperature.
You can find the activity here: Temperature Change during Totality
For the 2 hours before and after the eclipse we will go outside on the soccer field and measure the air temperature every couple of minutes. For the time that the eclipse is happening, I will take the readings so the students can enjoy the eclipse.
Day After Eclipse
I will compile all of the data that the students took and import it into GlobeObserver for the Citizen Scientist project. Also I will give all of the students the raw data and ask them to extrapolate. I want students to ask questions at the beginning of class and answer them to the group at the end of class. Example questions would include: What the graph looked like? How far were we off? What was the temperature drop? Did the air temperature drop faster or increase faster?
I want to make August 21st a learning experience, but also a chance to see something they may never see again. Some students might not see another eclipse until April 8, 2024.