Chemistry Activities for the Solar Eclipse

By AACT on April 1, 2024

Excited about the solar eclipse next week on April 8? So are we! Take your class outside to enjoy the eclipse with these sun-focused classroom resources. Note: When completing these activities, do not look directly at the sun.

  • ChemMatters Article: The Sun: Fusion at Work: Tie this reading to the eclipse by sharing how scientists use solar eclipses to study phenomena like solar wind and coronas.
  • Build a Spectroscope: Students can compare the sun’s spectrum on the day of the solar eclipse and a regular day.
  • Solar Cookers: Have a class discussion on whether the amount of energy provided to the Earth by the sun differs during an eclipse.