A large crowd gathered for the solar eclipse watch party on Aug. 21 at Cowley College’s Calder Bonfy Amphitheatre.

solar eclipse watch party

Photo by RAMA PEROO/COWLEY COLLEGE

As part of the event, a few hundred free eclipse-watching solar glasses were given out by the college’s Student Life Office.

Cowley College’s Math and Science Club provided free pizza prior to the event.

“I was very impressed with the turnout and the amount of interest that students showed,” said Mike Hayden, Natural Sciences Department instructor and Math and Science Club co-sponsor.

“It was a great opportunity for students, faculty and employees, (as well as) members from the community, to all come together, socialize and learn a little science, as well.”

Hayden thought the watch party helped students to realize the grand scale of the solar system and the amount of energy released from the sun.

“I am sure that when the next solar eclipse comes around in (2024) that everyone will remember back to where they were today,” Hayden said.

Along with Hayden, Director of Student Life Landon West, members of the Math and Science Club, maintenance workers, Cowley engineering students and creative writing students helped to make the event a success.

Physics students offered tours of the labs before and after the solar eclipse, while students in Cowley College’s creative writing class presented original works as part of the Lines & Lyrics event at 12:30 p.m.

This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.