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Badger Springs Middle School


Eclipse gives students rare learning opportunity

Using special glasses, viewers and live feeds, MVUSD students learned all about the rare celestial event dubbed, "The Great American Eclipse."
At Armada Elementary School, fourth-grade teacher Stephanie Steele purchased special viewing glasses for her class. After about a week of science lessons studying what causes eclipses, the students had the opportunity to see the event with their own eyes through the glasses.
Physics and engineering students at Valley View High School researched the pinhole projection method of viewing the eclipse and then created their own versions to see what worked best. The students gathered on the football field for the morning to test their viewers and make changes to make the best projection of the sun partially covered by the moon.
"This is a lifetime memory, they want to remember where the were when 'The Great American Eclipse' happened and they want to be able to tell everyone in their lives and their future that they got to see it," said Valley View physics and engineering teacher Stacy Katzenstein.
At Badger Springs Middle School, students also made pinhole cameras and science teacher Eric Palomino set up a telescope with a solar filter so students could safely see the eclipse. Students also had the chance to take turns using approved solar glasses.
All students at North Ridge Elementary School got a chance to see the eclipse thanks to the Roadrunner Booster Club. The club purchased solar viewers for each student.
Art students at Vista Heights Middle School took a fun approach to the pinhole viewer, by making it the shape of California, with a hole to project the moon on the locations of the capital Sacramento and Moreno Valley.
It was a day of excitement and hands-on learning that students will remember for years to come.