Naperville North Views Solar Eclipse

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Over 2500 Naperville North High School students filed into their stadium to watch today’s solar eclipse – the first to span the continental U.S. in 99 years.

With their glasses ready, many were excited to watch what was a once in a lifetime experience.

“I was excited for it and it was pretty cool to see it in person after hearing all the talk about it,” said sophomore Barrett Fiore. “But I wish it got a lot darker than it did, but overall it was really cool.”

“This definitely opens my mind to new sciences and maybe study this some more in different classes I’ll take in the future,” said sophomore Jakub Siska.

Though the view of the eclipse from Naperville wasn’t “complete”- we only caught 87 percent coverage, the experience itself was a complete win in the eyes of teachers.

“I think it’s a great chance to show authentic science because so much of what we do is preplanned and exacting and it’s not experiential, it’s textbook and videos,” said Tom Champion, a science teacher at Naperville North. “And to have something that was real life and be able to bring 3000 kids outside and 400 staff and have everybody participate in this event, regardless of where they are in the hierarchy of a high school, shows what you can do with real science.”

A lunar learning experience for all.

Naperville News 17’s Christine Lena reports.