22 Aug 2017

Students and Faculty Travel to Warm Springs, OR for Eclipse

Students and Faculty Travel to Warm Springs, OR for Eclipse

Author: Dan Sisk  /  Categories: Campus, Sciences & Technology  / 

A group of Heritage faculty and students traveled to the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon for the eclipse.  We supported the efforts of the University of Washington and the Museum of Flight to host various STEM activities for local and visiting K-12 students and the general community over the weekend prior to the eclipse.

Heritage faculty and students joined the "tent city" on the grounds of the Warm Springs K-8 Academy along with students and faculty from the University of Washington, Museum of Flight, Yakama Nation,  Coeur d'Alene Nation, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, and other native peoples from around the northwest.

Heritage facilitated a "star party" Sunday night where several Heritage and University of Washington telescopes were available for visitors to view planets and constellations.  Heritage also hosted a solar telescope for viewing the sun and initial phases of the eclipse.  

Hundreds of K-12 students and their families as well visitors and other community members attended the weekend's activities.  For the eclipse on Monday, Heritage faculty and students joined an ecstatic multitude for a spectacular view of the total eclipse over the Warm Springs valley.

Watch this video tell the story about the total eclipse in Oregon.  The 5 minute video was taken from the same vicinity as our campsite and helps people appreciate the experience of being in the path of totality.  It captures the sudden twilight, the “black” sun, 360-degree sunset, temperature drop, etc.  https://youtu.be/G10m2ZZRH4U

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