Teaching Resources for the April 8 Total Solar Eclipse
Classroom Materials & Strategies to Observe the Eclipse Easily and Safely

View webinar recording

The last total solar eclipse in the U.S. until 2045 occurs in April 2024. Everyone in North America will experience at least a partial eclipse. In this webinar you will find tips to get your students to be ready to experience this rare celestial event.

Veteran astronomer and science educator Dennis Schatz shares what will happen in April, what you will see in your location, and most importantly, how to view the eclipse safely. Also included will be suggestions for classroom-tested, hands-on activities for your use.


Dennis Schatz, Senior Fellow at Pacific Science Center Dennis Schatz is a past president of the National Science Teaching Association. He is a leader in the Solar Eclipse Task Force of the American Astronomical Society and in the Solar Activities for Libraries project to distribute 6 million safe-viewing glasses and information for the upcoming eclipses through more than13,000 public libraries.

He co-lead the development of the NSTA Solar Eclipse resource webpage and co-authored the NSTA Press books Solar Science and When the Sun Goes Dark, key resources for educators during solar eclipses, key resources for educators during the 2017 total solar eclipse.

Schatz is a senior fellow at the Institute for Learning Innovation. He is the author of 26 science books for children that have sold almost 2 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 23 languages. He has received NSTA’s Distinguished Informal Science Educator Award, its Distinguished Service to Science Education Award, its Faraday Award for excellence in science communication and most recently the Robert H. Carlton Lifetime Achievement award.

He has an asteroid named for him in honor of his contributions to the public understanding of science.

recorded on march 14, 2024