Elementary Students Take Eclipse Field Trip, to Homestead National Monument

Elementary Students Take Eclipse Field Trip, to Homestead National Monument
Andrea Jones, with the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Program

BEATRICE –  About 1,200 Kindergarten through fifth grade students from Beatrice and Tri County took an eclipse event field trip to the Homestead National Monument of America, Friday.

The park service attraction is one of the focal points for events surrounding Monday’s full solar eclipse.

Andrea Jones, a NASA planetary geologist is with the Goddard Space Agency and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Program.  She told students an outer space picture will be taken of the earth Monday at 1:25 p.m., minutes after the full-solar eclipse takes place in the Beatrice area.

:35                  “and the clouds”

The national monument is an official viewing site of NASA, for the solar eclipse.  The elementary students, as well as middle and high school students from several area school districts are making visits to the monument to learn about the science of an eclipse.

Beatrice Boys Basketball Coach Tyler Struck told the elementary students today to work as hard as they can, and don’t worry about not knowing something, or making a mistake.

:21                  “all year long”

The Beatrice High School cheerleaders revved up the students for today’s event, along with the String Beans Band, outside the Homestead National Monument’s Education Center. 

Students were also able to view the Science on a Sphere Exhibit, with animations from NASA observations of the Sun, Moon, Earth and other planets.

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