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Experiment helps explain eclipse to students

Each table of students had an excellent demonstration of how an eclipse comes about. (Photo source: WLOX) Each table of students had an excellent demonstration of how an eclipse comes about. (Photo source: WLOX)
Thursday, sixth grade students at Saucier Elementary School explored the upcoming solar eclipse. (Photo source: WLOX) Thursday, sixth grade students at Saucier Elementary School explored the upcoming solar eclipse. (Photo source: WLOX)
SAUCIER, MS (WLOX) -

Sixth grade science students in Saucier are getting creative in the classroom.

They're learning about the solar eclipse with the help of some fresh produce, a ruler, a flashlight, and a ball of clay. The flashlight represents the sun in this experiment. The orange is planet earth, and the small cherry tomato is the moon.

“We've been studying the eclipse, and we've been doing the difference between a lunar and a solar eclipse. I thought this would help them to actually see it,” said teacher Beth Witt. 

The curious kids quickly discovered the various movements and impact that take place when we experience a solar eclipse.

“Right here in the center is where a total eclipse will be and it will be completely dark. Then around here is where we are, it's going to be a partial eclipse,” explained one student, talking about what residents in South Mississippi will see Monday.

“Science, to me, needs to be hands on. That's why science is so much fun to teach because you can do so many hands-on things. And they get to do it. It's not me doing it, it's them doing the experiments,” said Witt.

The idea for the project came from a simple internet search. 

“Found it on Pinterest,” Witt said. “Pinterest is definitely our friend.”

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