SEYMOUR, Tenn. -The King’s Academy (TKA) campus has been endorsed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as the only Official NASA Event Site in the local East Tennessee area still open to the general public. The only other official viewing location, Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is sold out of event parking tickets.
“TKA’s Glimpse at the Eclipse” viewing celebration occurs on Monday, August 21, 2017, from noon to 3:00 pm. The event is located on the school’s campus at 202 Smothers Road in Seymour, an approximately 15 minute drive from downtown Knoxville, and 15 minutes from downtown Sevierville. Solar eclipse darkness totality at this location is 99.9 percent at maximum, occurring at 2:34 pm.
Activities are free of charge to all attendees. All groups and individuals are welcome, and tickets are not required. Official viewing safety glasses will be supplied to the first 1,000 arrivers. Space-themed specialty snacks and souvenirs will be for sale throughout the event. Educational and fun activities, solar safety information, safe-viewing projectors, live music, and a focal program will all occur leading up to the maximum eclipse occurrence.
Beginning at 12:15 pm in Woody Auditorium, elementary students will be treated to a fun, high-energy, musical feature “Gravity”, presented by a traveling children’s show with a space theme to complement the eclipse. A brief focal program will also occur on the campus central quad lawn, with live inspirational music and Scripture reading.
Additionally, local political dignitaries, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists, and a Challenger Space Learning Center representative from Washington, D.C., will attend the event in Seymour.
Headmaster Walter Grubb recently expressed his thoughts, “We at The King’s Academy are extremely honored to be selected by NASA to host this historic phenomenon. It is our privilege to share the TKA campus with our surrounding community, for the excitement and awe-inspiring glory of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. We invite all groups and individuals interested in experiencing the total eclipse to join us in celebrating this event together.”
About The King’s Academy
The King’s Academy is a Christ-centered, college preparatory, private day and boarding school, established in 1880. The historic campus covers almost 70 acres in scenic Seymour, Tenn., in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The school serves Pre-K through 12th grade students in Sevier, Knox, and Blount counties, in addition to other states, and over 14 foreign countries with attending boarding students. The diverse student population crosses all socioeconomic backgrounds, and the school is accredited by AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
TKA is also under consideration to develop a new STEM education Challenger Learning Center on its campus. The project is currently in development funding stage. Once completed, the local center will join a global network of Challenger Centers that use space-themed simulated learning in a hands-on environment to enhance skills like critical thinking, problem solving, and communicating through teamwork.
For more information and directions to the King’s Academy campus, visit www.thekingsacedemy.net