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Las Vegas Girl Scouts learn about eclipse, more life lessons

A Girl Scout works on drawing the eclipse during a seminar on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at Girl Scout headquarters in Las Vegas. (Kyndell Nunley | KSNV)

A solar eclipse will cast a shadow across the United States on Aug. 21.

As we get closer to the event, people throughout the nation are ramping up preparations, including some right here in Las Vegas.

"I love science. Science is so fun,” said future sixth grader and local Girl Scout, Eliana.

She is not only up early and ready to learn on a Saturday, but over the weekend before Las Vegas kids are set to head back to school. She joined dozens of other girls Saturday for the Girl Scouts eclipse party.

"The sun the earth and the moon align so that the moon covers the sun so that when it shines out on earth, you can only see darkness,” she explained.

From a planetarium to homemade viewing boxes, the girls were given hands-on lessons on what to expect in the skies come a week from Monday.

"If they're having a good time, sometimes they don't even realize they're learning,” said Britney Davis, director of the Girl Scouts Of Southern Nevada science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

The main focus of the event is the solar eclipse, but Girl Scout organizers say they hope the lessons run deeper. They want to show the upcoming generation of women that education can not only be fun, but a big part of their futures; showing these young minds, that when you reach for the stars -- the sky truly is the limit.

The best time to view the eclipse in Las Vegas on the 21st will be about 10:30 a.m.

NASA says it will reach full totality in many states, but in Las Vegas we'll only be able to see a partial view of it, meaning protective glasses are necessary.

For more on where to grab a pair click here: http://news3lv.com/news/local/proper-eye-protection-is-crucial-for-las-vegas-residents-planning-for-the-eclipse.

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