If you have children were they able to see the eclipse? What effect did it have?
My elder children saw it in SF, Colorado and DC. For some reason none of us got all hyped up about it.
Now my little one in school was kept inside with recess only inside. Kind of sad but they learned all about it. And when he got home we looked it up and saw it online. Not an Oooh Ahh experience but it raised about 1,000 questions. ;-)
I saw on the local news the kids with their glasses watching it. They seemed intense doing it. I wonder about the questions and what different questions there are for different age groups. I wonder if your son may have oohed & ahhed if actual see
That is an interesting question Tim. I wonder. I would assume that those children were at least 12 or so. I don't think you could trust 6-7 year olds. And I would be leery about the teachers who are not science teachers understanding it for learning.
It looked like the kids they showed were younger than twelve, but I am a poor judge of age. They just looked to short for twelve.
Where we live has a postal address associated with one city. The schools in that district had the safety glasses and allowed kids to view it. Seeing their reaction on TV was priceless.
However, my kids go to school in the district closer to us and have not started classes yet. They go back next week. So we did not have any big to-do or group gathering. We did not even have the glasses. However, they did enjoy some watermelon outside before and while it was happening. And from the cover of my porch, I was able to get a fairly good picture of it without looking into the sun myself. We saw it via pictures. And on television, of course.
This all reminded me of when I was a kid. Six grade, I think. We went outside to see one. I remember it vividly. I guess IL must be in the path more than most of the US? We saw it from TX this time and didn't get a full view, but as a child, I recall the special telescopes brought in and pin hole things we made for viewing.
We made a pinhole projector which was fun, I got to teach her how and why it worked and it was kind of a crafty science lesson. She thought that was cool for a bit but I don't think she really cared that much (she's only 5). My husband ended up finding some darker shade welding glasses at the hardware store and brought them over a few minutes before the 'peak' of the eclipse. She enjoyed watching it that way more but she still really only lasted a couple of minutes before getting bored with it.
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