EAC Discovery park Campus hosts Early Head Start Program for the “Great American Eclipse”
By Lori Dugan
Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus welcomed a group of pre-K youth and their parents from the Easterseals Blake Foundation’s Early Head Start Program to safely view and participate in activities for the “Great American Eclipse.” The group utilized a “sunspotter” solar telescope operated by Discovery Park Campus director, Paul Anger, as well as several “solar eclipse glasses” designed to safely view the event.
Participants were treated to an informational lecture about what happens to the Sun and Moon during an eclipse by John Ratje, member of the Desert SkyGazers Astronomy Club and retired director of the Mt. Graham International Observatory. Ratje also had his 5-inch Meade reflector telescope with a solar filter set up for incredible magnified views of the eclipse.
Early Head Start family educator, Emily Hart, had several fun activities for the youth to participate in to help them understand the eclipse event. For example, observing the light through a pin hole in a paper plate and through the holes in a food colander. The youth also noticed the unusual shadows casting through tree leaves during the eclipse, and enjoyed cold watermelon under the 60% darkened Sun. Hart stated that,“It’s great to have Discovery Park Campus to come for science events and it was a lot of fun to bring our local families out to see and learn about the solar eclipse.”
For more information about the EAC Discovery Park Campus and educational events that are being shared with the community, please contact Anger at paul.anger or call (928) 428-6260.