Become a NSTA/SSI Solar Eclipse Partner for the
2024 Total Solar Eclipse

The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) in collaboration with the Space Science Institute (SSI) seeks up to 100 educators of science to provide learning resources and information to their schools, local libraries and/or community organizations about the Monday, April 8, 2024, total eclipse.  We know many of you remember the excitement and beauty of the 2017 total solar eclipse, so this is an opportunity to help people in your community make the most of the last total solar eclipse visible in the continental US until 2045.

What you will receive if you become a NSTA/SSI Solar Eclipse Partner:

1.  Professional learning web seminars that cover what you need to know about the eclipse, how to help the public 
      at schools, libraries, and community centers understand the eclipse and view it safely.

2.  Resources from NSTA (and other reputable sources) about the eclipse, with information that can be shared
      with the public.

3.  A dedicated discussion forum for you to engage with eclipse experts and other Eclipse Partners to learn from
      each other, share ideas, etc.

4.  Electronic copies of the NSTA Press Publications, Solar Science: Exploring Sunspots, Season, Eclipses and More
      (a book of teaching activities), and When the Sun Goes Dark (a book for children), to use in your activities.

5.  Access to the NSTA Interactive E-Books+ Professional, Earth, Sun & Moon, Solar System, and Universe, plus
      other E-Books+ Professional on various science topics.

6.  A 1-year digital membership to NSTA. 

What NSTA/SSI asks you to do as a NSTA/SSI Solar Eclipse Partner:

1.  Partner with local libraries and other community organizations to offer at least two public programs, viewing
      sessions, and/or other appropriate engagements during the time leading up to the 2024 eclipse.
      Appropriate activities should include information about:
            a)  The time of the eclipse in your location and elsewhere in the U.S.
            b)  Safe eclipse viewing techniques.
            c)  An understanding of what causes solar eclipses.

2.  Provide information about the eclipse to other teachers in your school and district, as well as to 
      administrators who might have questions about how the school should organize for the total eclipse in 2024.

3.  Report back to NSTA on the school and community activities you have done using the "NSTA Report Form" we
      will provide.

 If you are a teacher of science applying for this opportunity, please consider involving your students in these activities.

Note:  This is a rolling enrollment program, meaning the recruitment period will close as soon as all 100 solar eclipse partners have been identified.  If you are interested in participating in this program, we encourage you to apply today.

Send any questions regarding this opportunity to Flavio Mendez at

The NSTA/SSI Solar Eclipse Partner opportunity is made possible with funds from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through the SEAL Program at the Space Science Institute.

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