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Eclipse 2017: How Berry Middle turned the event into an outdoor science lesson

Dr. Kathy Murphy and ABC 3340`s James Spann
Dr. Kathy Murphy and ABC 3340`s James Spann

21-August-2017 (HCS) - Schools across central Alabama turned the solar eclipse into a hands-on science lesson.

At Hoover’s Berry Middle School, students were thrilled to spend the afternoon outdoors.

“Right now, it keeps on getting smaller,” said 6th grade student Allie Spain as she looked at the eclipse through protection goggles.

“It's almost kind of like a crescent, but it's really really getting tinier and it's really funky and awesome,” added Korbin Long.

Sixth grade students at Berry Middle School had a science lesson their teacher Chris Peterson hopes lasts a lifetime.

“Actually seeing it in person is such a difference,” said Peterson.

Peterson ordered glasses for his school in April, knowing what a difference it would make.

“I want my science students to have an appreciation of explaining why it happened, explaining what it means to our earth as a predictable place but also to further their inquiry of what they want to learn in the future,” explained Peterson.

The lesson is sticking with students like Spain.

“There's a partial eclipse, a total eclipse and a lunar eclipse and right now we're looking at the solar eclipse,” she explained.

The experience awed others, like Long.

“I'm going to remember this until I die,” said Long. “It's so awesome. I'm just going to cry like it's so fun.”

A special appearance by the one-and-only James Spann capped out the afternoon of excitement.

When it was time to go inside, the fun didn't end. Berry students celebrated the day with Sunkist sodas and moon pies.

See more coverage from ABC 3340

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