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…

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…

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…

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…