Category Archives : Eclipse education

The Big Eclipse at Cathedral School!

On June 12, 2017, Posted by , In Eclipse education, With No Comments

Elaine Cuyler, publisher of The Big Eclipse, and Nancy Coffelt, the book’s author and illustrator, met with kids at Cathedral School in Portland, Oregon, on June 9. We had such a great time teaching how eclipses work, why this one will be SO cool, and how to keep your eyes…

Dad, May we go to the eclipse?

On April 30, 2017, Posted by , In Eclipse crafts,Eclipse education, With No Comments

At the science fair the other day, one of the students made a postcard asking her parents to take the family to the eclipse. Dad’s answer? “Yes, of course!”

Postcards from Totality!

Today at the Ainsworth Elementary School Science Fair, The Big Eclipse made eclipse postcard crafts with students. This is a fun craft for 1st – 6th grades. We recommend making a sample postcard first to show children, so they can see what the back of a postcard looks like. You…

Support the arts! What we can do.

At Orbit Oregon, we shop at the Blick store in the Portland, Oregon’s Pearl District for pastel crayons, construction paper, fine art papers, felt pens, and just about any other type of art materials you can imagine. After all, you can create eclipse art from just about anything! As a…

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….

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…

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…

Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory – ready for the eclipse!

Students and teachers regularly visit Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory in Brentwood, Tennessee, located just out Nashville, to learn about astronomy and space science. The Observatory staff is gearing up for the total solar eclipse to pass right overhead on August 21, 2017, and they have developed a web site page that offers some great…