Arcadia area students witness this year’s solar eclipse | Schools & Sports

Arcadia area students witness this year’s solar eclipse | Schools & Sports
Arcadia area students witness this year’s solar eclipse | Schools & Sports

The morning of April 8 buzzed with excitement as Ingleside Middle School students eagerly awaited peak viewing of the partial solar eclipse at 11:20 am Students were able to safely observe the eclipse using special glasses donated by the Parent Teacher Organization. Some students explored alternate viewing methods, such as using pinhole projectors crafted by the IMS Craft Club, while others tried the “waffle technique” using their hands.

Biltmore Prep also participated in a solar eclipse viewing party. Each kindergarten-eighth grade student was outfitted with ISO approved solar eclipse viewing glasses to use (and take home). Participants were provided a safety lesson about the importance of properly using the glasses to avoid injury.

Before heading abroad, teachers educated students about what a solar eclipse is and what it means in various cultures around the world. In Ms. Heusch and Senora Santiago’s kindergarten classes, the excitement was tangible. Kids even made a sign to celebrate the celestial event.

“When I picked my daughter Alessandra up from school, the first question she asked me was ‘when is the next solar eclipse?’ “She proceeded to tell me what she learned that day and how cool it was to use her glasses,” Biltmore mom Taylor Rojas said. “It was a very proud moment to see her fascination with the eclipse. We even added reminders to our family calendar for the next one, because in her words, “There is no way I am going to miss that, even if I’m asleep!”

Both schools were delighted to witness this event, knowing that the next solar eclipse in the US won’t occur until 2044.

 
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