Lifetime Learning Memories Made During Solar Eclipse

Lifetime Learning Memories Made During Solar Eclipse
Posted on 08/30/2017

Solar EclipseMason City Schools learners joined science fans from across the country in #SolarEclipse2017. “The most memorable learning happens in real-time, in real-life. Our district’s science teachers were so excited to use this very rare solar eclipse as a teaching moment that we hope creates memories that last a lifetime!” says Jill Arminio, Mason City Schools Academic Coach.


Watch WLWT Channel 5’s coverage.

Each school purchased special Solar Eclipse glasses for all students, and had an assigned teacher in charge of the events. Many thanks to Mason PTOS and the MHS National Honor Society who helped fund the safety glasses. Science teachers Shannon Sterle, Erin Chesar, Adam Bally, Renee McCord, and Megan Kappers took the reigns in making sure the experience was safe and educational - beginning planning for the event back in May. Teachers were excited to connect their science lessons to the Total Solar Eclipse. For example, in the seventh grade, students will need to identify the differences between a solar and lunar eclipse including relative position of the earth, sun and moon.


MHS mom Heather Brown shared on the district’s Facebook page, “My son has been sharing with me some eclipse trivia that he learned today. He had a blast at the HS with his classmates and friends watching it from the field. Thanks so much for making sure the students got appropriate eyewear and safety information. Also thanks for making it such a fun and exciting day!”

This was the first American Total Solar Eclipse since 1979, and we won’t see one again until April 8, 2024.  However, we can’t wait to repeat the awe and wonder of this learning adventure, so the countdown to 2024 is on!


Check out the MCS Facebook Album from Solar Eclipse 2017.
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