Totality Amazing Day
AUGUST 21, 2017 The total eclipse of 2017 was exciting for everyone in it's path, but imagine seeing it as a child. In Lincoln, there were approximately 2 minutes of totality and the Lincoln Public Schools were ready to make sure this opportunity to experience for the kids to experience science in real time was both safe and unforgettable.
At Norwood Park Elementary School, a third grade class made a model of the eclipse out of construction paper while their teacher, Mrs. Iburg, explained how the moon was going to move in front of the sun. Just as the class was about to go outside, a student walked in from of the projector and exclaimed, "I was just an eclipse!" Mrs. Iburg cheered knowing that the class understood the rare occurrence that was about to happen.
Outside, the students were greeted with a large banner stating, "Today is 'Totality' Amazing," and you could feel the excitement. The mostly cloudy day made observation difficult at times, but the students faces lit up every time the clouds broke enough to make out the moon carving out part of the sun. As it got darker and darker, the crickets started chirping, the wind picked up, and fortunately the clouds began to part. Moment before totality, the students were asked to put their backs towards the sun and remove their glasses. At the safe time, the students were allowed to turn back around and look at the sun. The crowd erupted into gasps and cheers as there was a clear view of the ring of light.
Unfortunately, the large yellow banner did not survive the strong wind during totality, but the message did. The day was indeed "totality" amazing.
(Photography by Kathy Plunkett for the Lincoln Journal Star)