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ASP2021: A Virtual Conference

ASP2021: A Virtual Conference
Preliminary Schedule

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    10:50 AM - 11:40 AM: Concurrent Session 6D: 10:50 am PST (1:50 pm EST) - Oral Presentations
    Lessons from Outreach for a Solar Eclipse
    Conference Strand: Getting Ready for Upcoming Eclipses – Lunar and Solar!
    Kenneth Coles, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Abstract of Session/Presentation: Experience with a Solar Eclipse:
    On 10 May 1994, an annular solar eclipse occurred across the central and eastern U.S. Recognizing this as a great learning opportunity, the Science Outreach program at Purdue University, which was on the centerline of the eclipse, conducted workshops for several hundred Indiana K-12 teachers in the months before the event. Participants learned about eclipses and the 1994 event; how to experience the eclipse safely; potential observations of the eclipse and its effects; and plans for networking and sharing results. Planned observations anticipated both clear and cloudy weather. A beautiful, clear day yielded many reports of a great experience. Teachers were invited to submit student observations for a published collection; 13 teachers submitted data and gave permission to publish. These are part of the Indiana Eclipse CD-ROM, published in 1999.

    Suggestions for Future Events.
    1. We wanted some publicity for our young scientists, but media inquiries and coverage were mostly about the eclipse itself. In future events, making student observations and measurements available promptly on the internet in a well-organized and curated format could improve the learning experience.
    2. In 1994 only about 1% of Indiana teachers had internet access, mostly bbs systems via dial-up modem. The ambition to have results posted and shared in near-real time was not met owing to the lack of access to and experience with digital networking.
    3. Involvement of professional organizations with national coordination, which was lacking in 1994, will make the effort more effective and avoid duplication. For upcoming eclipses this is happening through the American Astronomical Society, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and other groups.