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Great American Solar Eclipse Professional Development on Oregon Connections

On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will see nature’s most wondrous spectacle — a total eclipse of the Sun. It is a scene of unimaginable beauty; the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky. This is your guide to understand, prepare for, and view this rare celestial event.“- greatamericaneclipse.com

Oregon Connections Offers Two Teacher Professional Development Opportunities

The Great American Solar Eclipse is coming this summer! On August 21, 2017, people all across the nation will witness a once in a lifetime astronomical phenomenon- and an amazing opportunity to engage students, families, and your communities in science!

2017 Great American Solar Eclipse (Teacher Professional Development, Elementary) Monday, May 8, from 4 to 6 pm

**PD for Elementary School Teachers**

Led by Oregon’s network of regional STEM Hubs, this session is specifically for teachers who want to get their kids excited for August’s eclipse, arm them with some viewing safety knowledge, and impact a bit of science knowledge. Teachers will be able to brush up on their Eclipse-science and learn strategies and activities for getting their students excited about this once-in-a-lifetime scientific phenomenon!  This session will feature retired NASA professional and avid astronomer Dan Adamo, and help teachers prepare students to view the eclipse safely and develop their understanding of how this amazing phenomenon occurs. While the session will be focused on viewing in Oregon, all teachers are welcome and will be able to gain useful knowledge.

Click Here to Register for Elementary at Oregon Connections

2017 Great American Eclipse (Teacher Professional Development, MS/HS) Tuesday, May 9, from 4 to 6 pm

**PD for Middle & High School Teachers**

Led by Oregon’s network of regional STEM Hubs, this session is specifically for teachers who want to get their kids excited for August’s eclipse, arm them with some viewing safety knowledge, and impact a bit of science knowledge. Teachers will be able to brush up on their Eclipse-science and learn strategies and activities for getting their students excited about this once-in-a-lifetime scientific phenomenon!  This session will feature retired NASA professional and avid astronomer Dan Adamo, and help teachers prepare students to view the eclipse safely and develop their understanding of how this amazing phenomenon occurs. While the session will be focused on viewing in Oregon, all teachers are welcome and will be able to gain useful knowledge.

Click Here to Register for Middle and High School at Oregon Connections

How:  To register for the webinar:

1.    Click on the appropriate link above to register.  You will be asked to sign in (if you’re an existing Oregon Connections user) or to register for Oregon Connections, then be redirected to the Webinar Registration site.

2.    Click the GREEN “Yes, Sign Me Up” button. You will be asked for a phone number and number of students (this can be zero for the webinar).  You will receive a confirmation email with the subject line “You have been added to a Nepris (or Oregon Connections) session”

3.    Return to your Oregon Connections account

4pm on May 8 or 9 and click the blue box that will appear at the top of your dashboard.

4.    If you have trouble with any part of this, email us immediately at

support@oregonconnections.com<mailto:support@oregonconnections.com>.
Participants will receive:

1.    a classroom set of Eclipse Safety Glasses to distribute to students,

2.    a trial Platinum membership to Oregon Connections, enabling them to connect with professionals like Dan around the country who can shed light on the Eclipse or any other subject area!

3.    a stand-alone lesson that can be delivered during the last week of school or whenever it is convenient, with the goal of exciting students about the upcoming eclipse and arming them with some scientific and safety knowledge of the event.

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About Heidi DeGarmo, South-Metro Salem STEM Webmaster (137 Articles)
Heidi DeGarmo is a senior at OregonTech majoring in IT-Health Informatics. As a combat veteran it is a passion of hers to pay it forward. The South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership (SMSP) is a collaboration of school districts, community colleges, universities, out-of-school programs and business and community partners that is focused on increasing student access and success in STEM fields.