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More than 20,000 solar eclipse glasses are in teachers’ hands as they prepare for the first day of school for most DPS schools on Monday, Aug. 21 — which also happens to be the first chance in nearly 40 years to see an eclipse of this kind in Denver.
Jeffrey Bennett, an astronomy professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, donated 20,000 solar eclipse glasses to DPS this week from Big Kid Science, and The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, which runs U.S. operations at the International Space Station. Schools and parents have also been joining the back-to-school fun by purchasing more pairs of the popular eclipse glasses, and educators are busy figuring out lesson plans to celebrate the big event.
Safe learning opportunities for our students
Many DPS teachers are planning to incorporate the solar eclipse into their science lessons across the city’s 200 schools. These lessons may include a variety of hands-on learning and outdoor experiences, like how to create pinhole boxes and pinhole periscopes.
Important notes about the solar eclipse
Professor Bennett has sent DPS some important solar eclipse notes to share with students and families. Please read these notes to learn about the best time to view the solar eclipse, and how to do it safely.
More back-to-school resources for the 2017-18 school year
Since Aug. 1, we have been sharing out #Back2SchoolTools on Twitter and Facebook to actively remind you of available resources that will help you kick-start a successful school year. If you haven’t been following our social channels, check out all our #Back2SchoolTools in one convenient place at backtoschool.dpsk12.org.
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