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SLC kids learn about science, safety during eclipse

SLC kids learn about science, safety during eclips (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) For many students in northern Utah, learning about the solar eclipse was the first lesson of the new school year.

Granite School District held a watch party or other solar event to "ensure all GSD students were able to benefit from this once in a lifetime educational experience," according to spokesman Ben Horsely.

Salt Lake City School District also made some free glasses available to students.

"In Salt Lake City, each school decided if they wanted to purchase glasses. The district provided names and links to reputable vendors, but the schools made the purchases," said district spokesman Jason Olsen.

Students at Washington Elementary in the Capitol Hill-Marmalade area of Salt Lake City spent the morning learning about the science of the eclipse before they donned their NASA-approved glasses to watch it.

"I think this is a great way for school to start," said Miss Mary Lou, a second grade teacher at Washington Elementary.

Miss Mary Lou said safety was her top priority. She taught her class how to wear the glasses and practiced with them several times.

"I think we're probably going to be taping it to their heads. Just to be safe!"

She said the first day of school is filled with excitement, and she was happy to get the school year off to a running start.

"It's kind of fun because we get to start the first day of school doing science, which is not something we usually get to do. So the kids are excited about it," she said.

Parent Sarah Kelly agreed.

"The kids are actually a little bit more mellow on the first day of school because they're figuring out what the rules are, trying to figure out what their boundaries are with their new teachers," she said. "So the first day is actually probably a good day for something like this! Later in the year, when they've got a little more comfortable, they can be a little more wild."

Kelly said this was a great learning experience for her kids at the school, who are in fifth and third grade.

"It's good to go back and see some models and show them, now, from space, this is what you saw on the playground."

August 12, 2045, Utah will be in the path of another full solar eclipse. The Salt Lake City area will be within the range of a full eclipse that day, as 2News viewers saw in Idaho and Wyoming today.

NASA recommended watching the eclipse with solar filter glasses rated ISO 12312-2 or higher. Welder's glass #14 or stronger are also approved.

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