Blog

Girl Scout Cookie Eclipse!

We ate way too many cookies around here recently and created a Girl Scout Cookie Total Eclipse! Check out how a Tagalong entirely covers a Trefoil, imitating what we’ll see in the sky on August 21. First contact, partial phase and totality. Best of all, 100% delicious.

Eclipse crafts for students

The Big Eclipse Activity Book is chock-full of eclipse crafts to help schools and libraries prepare students for the 2017 total solar eclipse. Here’s a sample: Pinhole Solar Eclipse Viewer These simple solar viewers are handy when more than one person wants to see the eclipse as it happens. They…

STEAM learning through the 2017 eclipse!

In early December, 2016, Orbit Oregon Chief Eclipse Officer Elaine Cuyler presented a poster at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s Annual Meeting, held in St. Louis. Here’s a peek at the poster, which is all about how the eclipse can inspire children to learn about science through the arts….

Eclipse joke of the day!

On January 15, 2017, Posted by , In Education,Fun Stuff, By , , With No Comments

How does the moon cut the sun’s hair? Eclipse it! Or, you can go to the E-Clips Hair Studio in Seattle, Washington, on Eastlake Avenue. After all, you’ll need to look good in the shadow of the moon!  

More eclipse teaching resources

Looking for resources to teach about the 2017 eclipse? Based in San Francisco, The Astronomical Society of the Pacific is a more than 100-year old nonprofit that partners with NASA, the American Astronomical Society, the National Science Foundation and others, to advance science literacy through astronomy.  The Society’s web site features an…

Teaching about the eclipse

While at the Astrological Society of the Pacific’s Annual Meeting and Eclipse Conference, Elaine Cuyler, Chief Eclipse Officer of Orbit Oregon, met several awesome eclipse educators from Southern Illinois. They’re already teaching kids about the 2017 eclipse – teachers there feel it’s important for kids to be ready in advance because…

The Big Eclipse at NSTA Portland

On December 13, 2016, Posted by , In Eclipse education,Education, With No Comments

At the National Science Teachers’ Association area conference, held November 10-12 in Portland, Oregon, The Big Eclipse booth was a busy place. While there, we met bona fide eclipse experts Dennis Schatz of the Seattle Science Center and Brian Kruse of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. We met science…

Seattle Astronomy Podcast about The Big Eclipse

Orbit Oregon founder, Elaine Cuyler, was interviewed for a podcast by host Greg Scheiderer of Seattle Astronomy. In the podcast, Elaine explains her inspiration for the book, and how she and author Nancy Coffelt are working together to bring science learning to kids. Thanks for the interview, Greg! PS Love…

Eclipse cookies on Pinterest

On December 1, 2016, Posted by , In Education, With No Comments

We eclipse chasers love space-themed cookies, cakes, even galactically cool ice cream! So, we started The Big Eclipse Kitchen Pinterest board to share recipes and ideas.

Travel to Oregon for the 2017 Eclipse

On November 30, 2016, Posted by , In Education, By ,, , With No Comments

If you’re planning a family vacation to see the 2017 total solar eclipse next summer, you might consider visiting Oregon, home of The Big Eclipse author, Nancy Coffelt! Oregon was named by USA Today as one of the top places to view the eclipse. Many Oregon towns are hosting eclipse…