Give those eclipse glasses a second chance!
Astronomers Without Borders and its partners will be announcing a program to collect glasses after the eclipse, to be sent to schools in South America and Asia when eclipses cross those continents in 2019.
"This is an opportunity for schools to have a first-hand science experience that they might not otherwise have” Astronomers Without Borders President Mike Simmons told Gizmodo. “Many schools in developing countries don’t have resources for science education and this is a rare opportunity that inspires students and teachers and shows them that science is something they can do. It can be a ray of hope for young people who don’t otherwise see a path to a career like this.”
Astronomers Without Borders mission is to provide "astronomy-related education and equipment for developing countries." Astronomers Without Borders raises money to buy new glasses for children, but they are hoping to use this opportunity to amass a stockpile. While the organization hasn’t yet announced an address for donors to send glasses to, it’s trying to spread the word before people throw them away and plans on releasing a list of addresses soon.
Information on how you can participate in this program to spread STEM resources around the world will be coming soon so gather them up. If you really can’t wait to get rid of your super-specs, you can send them to Astronomers Without Borders’ corporate sponsor, Explore Scientific, located at 621 Madison Street, Springdale, Arkansas.