For students at Dogwood Elementary in Germantown, the Great American Eclipse wasn’t just something fun to see. It was something to learn more about.
“[The students’] job is to go out and make different observations. They’re supposed to listen for the animals, listen for the bugs. The light might change. Just to kind of watch for the changes and be good scientists,” says Tom Bozeman, a 5th grade science teacher at Dogwood.
Students spent weeks researching ahead of the big event.
“We were learning about how the moon has different phases and about solar and lunar eclipses,” says Dogwood fifth grader Kayden Li.
Everything was falling perfectly into place until Monday afternoon when the skies become cloudy and it started raining. Students were forced into their classrooms, watching livestreams of the eclipse from around the country. Many students were pretty upset they were going to miss their chance to see this rare event.
“When everybody thought it was over, it happened,” says Dogwood fifth grader Allen Guo. “We could actually go outside and look at the eclipse.”
The skies in Germantown cleared just in time for the peak of the eclipse. Students told us they learned a lot from seeing it in person.
“I didn’t really know it was going to be orange and it was like half of the moon,” says Dogwood second grader Aaron D’Souza.
Despite the weather, the final reviews were all positive.
“It was really cool,” says D’Souza.
“It was cool. It was super cool,” says Li.
“Very amazing. That was the one I actually saw in my life,” says Guo.
Monday was extra special for the fourth graders at Dogwood Elementary. They took a field trip to Nashville to learn about the solar eclipse and witness the total eclipse.