Coffee Schools To Release Early On August 21 For Total Solar Eclipse, SGSC To Host Event

Luke Roberts
Enterprise Staff Writer
The upcoming total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, is highly anticipated and will lead to the early closure of Coffee County Schools as a safety precaution for students. The last total solar eclipse across the contiguous United States occurred in 1918.
According to the Coffee County Board of Education, there will be a solar eclipse event on Monday, August 21, that will reach its peak for our area at 2:43 p.m. in the afternoon. The moon will move between the sun and the Earth blocking the light of the sun. Thus, the moon will cast a shadow on the Earth.
The event will begin at 1:10 pm and last until approximately 4:10 pm.
BOE officials added, “This is a wonderful educational moment for all of us, but it can also be dangerous if one looks directly at the sun.”
Partial eclipses, annular eclipses, and the partial phases of solar eclipses are never safe to watch without taking special precautions. Do not attempt to observe any phase of the eclipse with the naked eye. Failure to use appropriate filtration may result in permanent eye damage or blindness. The solar eclipse will occur throughout Coffee County Schools’ normal dismissal time, so in order to ensure the safety of students and staff, the BOE has decided to follow its early dismissal schedule. This action is being taken as a result of safety concerns related to this event. Board officials said they “feel it will be safest” for students to be off of the buses and roads during the actual eclipse.
As part of the Great American Eclipse, South Georgia State College’s STEM Center will be holding STEM Fest 2017 on Thursday, August 17, on the Douglas Campus. STEM Fest 2017 will celebrate space science in preparation for the upcoming total solar eclipse. STEM Fest will include a traveling planetarium, moon bounce, lab simulation, rocket launching, and more.
The community and all SGSC students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in this free event from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm on SGSC’s front lawn located on Quincy Circle.
“We are so excited to host our first STEM Fest. We’ve worked really hard to bring an event that is educational and engaging to learners of all ages,” says Sarah Braswell, STEM Center Coordinator – Waycross Campus.
Plan to join SGSC on August 17 for this exciting event. For more information, call (912) 449-7501 or (912) 260-4349 or email sarah.braswell@sgsc.edu.
 

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