Jenks Students Get Unique View Of Total Solar Eclipse


Monday, August 21st 2017, 4:45 pm
By: Amy Slanchik


The sun kept shining brightly even though the moon covered about 90 percent of it in Green Country.

Jenks students had several ways to study the sky.

High school science students had an advantage today. They went up on a roof to see the eclipse.

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Eager to use their eclipse glasses for the historic day, Adam Peterson's physical science students started class indoors. 

After a quick lesson on eclipses, it was time to go up to the roof. 

Students saw the solar eclipse through a telescope with a special solar lens.  

"It's kinda like looking at an orange smiley face in the sky," said Easton Horton, a junior.

Something the science teachers are showing their students is this colander.

It has round holes in it, but during the eclipse, the shadow has a bunch of crescents. 

"The crescent is showing the dark part is the moon, and the light part is the sun. And so when you're seeing that crescent through there, you're seeing the moon covering up the sun," said Miranda Suvak, science teacher.

Students took in the view with their glasses, too.

"It's sort of like a very big croissant," Juan Quintero, a junior.

But a glance through the telescope is out of this world. 

"I'm definitely will get another look before I head back to class. Because, you know, I may not get to see it again for years," Horton said.

And when they headed back to class, Peterson said, his students weren't done with the eclipse.

They'll studiy data collected on the roof for weeks to come.