Tips and tools for teaching and viewing the eclipse safely on Aug. 21

The last time a total solar eclipse crossed the entire U.S. was in 1918. This year, the eclipse will pass over the country again with an 80 percent partial eclipse visible in Louisiana.

With a grant from the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium, or LaSPACE, Dr. Dana Browne, professor and associate chair of the LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy, led a small team of K-12 teachers to develop a website toolkit for educators to teach students about the solar eclipse.

Because the eclipse will be in optimal viewing position in the afternoon, while most children will be at school, Dr. Browne’s website has curricular materials and simple instructions for teachers to leverage this rare astronomic occurrence into an exciting and safe lesson for students.

We wanted to share these resources with you. The College of Human Sciences & Education hopes your new school year is off to a great start!

Solar Eclipse Teachers' Toolkit: Lesson plans, instructions on how to make a solar viewer, photos of eclipses and tips on how to experience the Aug. 21 eclipse safely.

Read the news release.