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Today I got to be part of the inaugural Sky Fest at Marshall University. I was part of the planning committee Sky Fest and was in charge of the solar viewing station.  It was a lot of fun to teach four classes of students from Nichols Elementary about the sun today. I taught them some cool facts about the sun and how we get our energy from the sun through photosynthesis. Each child then got to make a sun dial and we talked about time zones.

I also supervised each student as they looked through a telescope (with a solar viewing filter). There was a small sun spot and then looked through at the sun through their very own solar viewing glasses which they can use for the upcoming full solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.

The solar viewing was a hit and I was interviewed for this article by University Communications.

Thanks to Drs. Tina Cartwright & Jon Saken for all their work to make this happen & to Jon for lending me his telescope today.


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Brian Kinghorn, Ph.D.

About Brian Kinghorn, Ph.D.

I earned my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and I’m currently an Assistant Professor of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundations at Marshall University. My research interests include ways K–12 science teachers learn science from their own teaching practice and the impacts of educating college students on the psychology of social media.


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