My family and I have plans to view as much of the 2017 solar eclipse as possible from a location with a whopping 2:42 of totality – that is, if we can avoid the clouds (which, at this point, doesn’t seem very likely). However, that isn’t going to stop me from putting the kids to work as data collectors for NASA:
Would like to contribute your data to a database used by students and scientists to study the effects of the eclipse on the atmosphere? General citizen scientists can observe and report clouds and air temperature with GLOBE Observer, while those interested in pursuing additional online training (especially formal and informal educators) are encouraged to check out other data collection and research ideas from the full GLOBE Program. After the eclipse, you can use the GLOBE Visualization System to check out the data collected by you and your fellow citizen scientists, and to help you answer your own scientific questions.
We plan on taking a few of our Sensi Thermostats down to our viewing location in Ste. Genevieve, MO (which just so happens to be a winery/brewery) to record temperatures leading up to totality. I put together an observation guide which allows the kids to draw what they’re seeing as well as record the time/temperature. NASA has a free mobile app, GLOBE Observer, which looks promising, but requires an account. Also, I’d rather have the kids be in the moment than on a device.