This Week in STEM: The Great American Eclipse

This Week in STEM: The Great American Eclipse

At Concept Schools we get a little bit excited about all things related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We always keep an eye out on what’s going on in STEM in the news. Each week we will share what we think is awesome and worth learning about.

This week, however, is a special edition of This Week in STEM. Everyone knows what the STEM community was excited about this week: the solar eclipse! So we decided to share our experiences with the eclipse and a handful of articles and resources that popped up before, during, and after the celestial event.

Want to share your eclipse stories, photos, and videos? Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #WeAreConcept and #Eclipse 


Some of us viewed the eclipse with (NASA-approved) solar glasses

There were concerns across the country of a shortage on solar glasses, but plenty of local libraries and schools did a great job at giving glasses away. 

Getty Images/Jeff Curry

While the rest of us built our own eclipse viewers 

A few of us at Concept Schools central office in Chicago thought it would be fun to make our own viewers out of cereal boxes! 

Whether we saw a partial eclipse

In Chicago there was a partial eclipse, and some of the Concept Schools team got some great pictures and videos. 

L: photo from NASA
R: photo from Concept Schools

Or a full eclipse

A member of the Concept Team happened to be in the path of totality in Nashville. Never-mind the fact that a giant cloud came barging in mere minutes before the total eclipse, it was still an experience to remember. Everything went dark, there was a sunset on all horizons, the temperature dropped, and the crickets and cicadas were chirping away. 

L: Photo from NASA
R: Photo from Amy Smith/Wheaton College

I think everyone can agree

The total eclipse crossed our skies from coast to coast, the first coast-to-coast event of its kind since 1979. It consumed our news feeds and our time as people from all around flocked to the line of totality. 

Photo Credit: Bryan Snyder/Reuters

That the 2017 Great American Eclipse was pretty spectacular

Unless a giant cloud ruined it. In which case, still pretty cool. Citizen scientists and photographers around the country captured the show and the atmosphere. Share your photos, videos, and stories with us in the comment section down below! 

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