Providence Academy’s science department performed a cosmic ray experiment on the solar eclipse Aug. 21.
With the rarity of this type of astronomical event, the science department at Providence Academy in Plymouth decided it was a great opportunity to give its students the chance to participate in a real science event, collect data and observations, and learn about the nature of God and the universe in an authentic environment.
Using donated equipment, Mike Plucinski, science teacher at Providence Academy, and several engineering/physics students, set up a cosmic ray detector in front of the school for the week before the eclipse.
They collected cosmic ray data for days and nights before the eclipse and during the entire eclipse itself.
This is the only cosmic ray collection experiment being done in the state.
Additionally, students were invited to participate in a citizen science endeavor to document changes in air temperature during the eclipse using a NASA application called Globe Observer.
Students were invited to take temperature readings using science department digital thermometers every 10 minutes during the eclipse and compare it to temperature take the same time the day prior.
Data of temperature versus time was plotted on a graph for both days and sent to NASA via the Globe Observer application.
In addition to the experiment, 200 certified safe viewing glasses were made available and educational materials to learn about eclipses, as well as other activities.