Welcome to Science in Oakland

The Oakland Unified School District's Science Department supports quality science instruction. We want you to become an accomplished science teacher in Oakland.

If you work in another district and are interested in receiving updates about our work or future events, sign up to be on our mailing list.

Solar Eclipse 2017

Our 2017-18 school year will start with one of the most amazing natural phenomena visible right from your schoolyard: a solar eclipse! On the first day of school, Monday, August 21, about 76% of the surface of the Sun will become covered by the Moon. The peak of the eclipse will be around 10:15 a.m. The eclipse starts at 9:01 and ends at 11:37. You can't miss it!

Click here for a short description of the eclipse and tips for viewing. Do not look directly at the eclipse, even with sunglasses. We strongly recommend using pinhole projection, which can project the image of the Sun in front of students, as described in the article. If you would like to purchase special eclipse-viewing glasses for your class or school, there is a list of vendors also in the article, including www.eclipseglasses.com. Be sure the glasses you use are using are from a reliable vendor. More safety info is here. Science Teacher Leaders will receive more information at our first meeting on Tuesday, August 15.

Recent Updates