We are pretty excited to start our second homeschool year tomorrow with the NASA Eclipse Kit! While our big plan for science is middleschoolchemistry.com, we’re going to take a couple detours first, including the Eclipse Kit and The Science of Climate Change before we jump into chemistry. 😀
You can download your NASA Eclipse kit here. As always, there are supplies involved. 🙂 Your supplies will depend on which activities you choose to do from the kit, here are the activities and supplies you’ll need for each.
NASA Eclipse Kit Supply List:
Living in a Bubble:
small compass and bar magnets
paper, tape, pen/pencil
Seeing the Invisible:
tv remote control
Let’s See Light in a New Way:
spectroscope, white paper, light source
A Light Snack: Cookie box spectroscope
cookie box, tape, scissors, sharpie, diffraction grating (one per spectroscope), black electrical tape
Make Sun S’mores (Solar Oven)
oven thermometer, cardboard pizza box, box knife/scissors, aluminum foil, tape, glue stick, plastic wrap, ruler/straight edge, stick or ruler (to prop box open).
s’more supplies: graham crackers, large marshmallows, plain chocolate bar (thin), aluminum pie pan, napkins
How Big is Big (Solar Pizza):
solar pizza (cardboard cutout), 100 ft (or shorter) measuring tape
Earth as a Peppercorn:
9 index cards, marker, 8 inch ball, pinhead (2), peppercorn (2), chestnut or whole pecan, a hazelnut or acorn, peanut, or coffee bean, outdoor area up to 1/6th mile in length
vertical pole (stick, stake, pencil), open location on a sunny day, rocks or 3 other markers.
Waxing and Waning:
How Do Eclipses Work?:
When Day Turns to Night:
smartphone, google science journal app, digital thermometer, tape and string, paper/notebook, pen/pencil, outdoor location
Make an Eclipse Viewer:
cardboard box, scissors/box knife, masking tape, white paper, pin, duct tape
Eclipse Chalk Art:
dark paper (not construction paper), white chalk, pencil, scissors, masking tape, circle templates cut from cardstock, file folders or cereal boxes
And last, but not least… make sure you get your solar eclipse glasses!