Chap has recently published a book: “Go See the Eclipse And Take a Kid with You.” It is about preparing people for the ‘Great American Eclipse’ of August 21, 2017. This is an education talk about the upcoming eclipse, and the whole solar eclipse phenomenon.
Chap Percival lives in Sarasota, Florida. He is married, has a married daughter, and a granddaughter. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He has a BA from Taylor University (mathematics and physics), an MAT from Michigan State University (planetarium education), and an MEd from the University of Virginia (instructional technology.)
He has been involved in astronomy education since 1969 as a classroom teacher, club sponsor, and planetarium director. He has published articles for local newspapers and has been interviewed on radio. He has volunteered with the National Parks Service as a sky interpreter. He also gave an astronomy talk at the Grand Canyon Star Party and has led groups to view five different total solar eclipses.
He is a lifelong educator, and has taught astronomy since 1995 at Pine View School, Osprey, Florida, one of the top high schools in the nation.
He has a passion for sharing his knowledge of things in the sky that amaze, astound, and awe him.