There will be four anchor installations in the STEAM zone:
- Lowell Observatory
- Baylor University
- The Mayborn Museum
A selection of the observatory’s astronomers and educators will be on hand at Eclipse Over Texas 2024: Live from Waco to answer questions and give science talks. Find us in Touch Down Alley from 10am – 4pm for STEAM activities including homemade sundials, UV painting, making eclipse models, plus more.
Educators will also be roaming the grounds doing solar demo experiments.
NASA’s Planetary Science Directorate will be hosting a large tent in the STEAM Zone featuring activities for all ages to make your own “moon” and see how it important it is to an eclipse (hint: very!). Other activities include making a planet or moon bouncy ball, a hands-on experiment to understand the density of icy worlds like Jupiter’s moon Europa, and a chance to paint the Sun’s corona with special UV paint (you won’t know what color it is until you get it in the sunlight). There will also be NASA planetary and eclipse-themed giveaways, and the chance to talk to NASA people from around the country who are working with our missions to discover the origin and composition of our solar system.
The Baylor Physics Department will have a telescope on hand that broadcasts to up to 10 devices, which will be broadcast it to a large screen. We will have an additional telescope with a filter. Additionally, there will be a weather station to measure changes in the weather, UV solar beads, pinholes, and other physics experiments.
Calling all umbraphiles! The Mayborn Museum will have activity tables ready for any and all shadow-chasing eclipse fans! Come make your own customized pinhole projector, play with light and shadows at our tinker table, add your eclipse observations and artwork to our display, and see if you can spot the elusive shadow bands that we’ll hunt for during the eclipse! Don’t forget to show us how far you’ve traveled by adding your family to our map!