STEAM learning through the 2017 eclipse!

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.

The photo in the poster showing kids holding a colorful sun was taken during Elaine’s visit to Mrs. Sams’ third-grade class at the Ames Visual and Performing Arts School in St. Louis. The students learned about eclipses from The Big Eclipse book, and did a brainstorming to create their own “eclipse myths”. They voted on the top three myths – the winning myth? Emojis take over the sun, causing an eclipse!

With the help of The Big Eclipse Book and The Big Eclipse Activity Book, Mrs. Sams’ entire class is now prepared to watch the total solar eclipse when it occurs on August 21, 2017 over St. Louis – on the very first day of school. What a way to kick off fourth-grade!

Poster presented at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's 2016 Annual Meeting and Eclipse Conference about how the 2017 can inspire youth to create, dream and learn about science.

Poster presented at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Eclipse Conference about how the 2017 can inspire youth to create, dream and learn about science.

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