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Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse
STEM Night 

Wednesday, April 3, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Westhill High School

Advanced Registration Required

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Did you know that on Monday, April 8, 2024, there will be a total solar eclipse in Syracuse? This is a once-in-a-lifetime event for many, as this is the only total solar eclipse that will take place anywhere in the United States until 2044, and the only one that will take place anywhere in New York State until 2079!

Come join us on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for a free, fun-filled evening for the whole family as we learn more about solar eclipses and prepare for this exciting event! There are only 200 spots available, so sign up now to attend!

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STEM Night Activities

Planetarium

Planetarium with OCM BOCES

Location: Cafeteria

Age Recommendation: ALL

Learn more about solar eclipses and gaze at the night sky with Planetarium Specialist, Mr. Leece, from OCM BOCES and OHMS earth science teacher Mrs. Derrenbacher! Please no sharp objects or laser pointers in the planetarium.

Star Formation

Astronomy Storytime

Location: Library - Creation Lab

Age Recommendation: Grades K-2

Join Walberta librarian Ms. Linton at the WHS library for a storytime with books about astronomy! Storytimes will take place every 30 minutes.

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Pinhole Projector

Location: Back Glass Corridor

Age Recommendation: ALL

Want to view a solar eclipse but don’t have eclipse glasses? No problem! An easy way to safely view a solar eclipse is with a box pinhole projector. With a few simple supplies, you can create a safe and fun way to experience the magic of an eclipse from anywhere. 

Moon Scale

Moon Rocks & Moon Scale

Location: Cafeteria

Age Recommendation: ALL

Keep busy while you wait in line for the planetarium -- join WHS Earth Science teacher, Ms. Pounder, to see real rocks from the Moon and use a special scale to see how much you would weigh if you were on the moon!

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Solar Eclipse Model with Lollipops

Location: Library - Main Space

Age Recommendation: Grades 2+

What exactly are the earth, sun, and moon doing during a solar eclipse? Learn how to create a model of a solar eclipse with lollipops, and then take them home to eat!

Solar Eclipse Glasses Shield

DIY Solar Eclipse Glasses Shield

Location: Front Glass Corridor 

Age Recommendation: ALL

It is very important that all people viewing the eclipse keep their eyes covered with the solar eclipse glasses. In order to prevent accidental eye damage, join us as we make paper plate shields and decorate them!

NASA GLOBE Observer

NASA GLOBE Observer Training

Location: Library - Gathering Zone

Age Recommendation: Grades 5+

Did you know that NASA has created a citizen science app called NASA GLOBE Observer? This app is free to download and allows users to record changes in the environment. Join our 8th grade student experts and learn from them how to use this app during the solar eclipse. Bring your own device.

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