Welcome to the Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association


We are the Pennsylvania affiliate of the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA), whose mission is to facilitate and advance excellence in Earth and Space Science education.

Become a member and share your ideas, vision and energy – join PAESTA today! Membership is free and open to any educator or supporter of Earth and Space science education from Pennsylvania or outside the state.

News from PAESTA

July 2015 PAESTAR

This month we recognize PAESTA Past President Laura Guertin, Professor of Earth Science at Penn State Brandywine. Not only has Laura just completed her second term as PAESTA President, she has received several accolades in the past month. She was voted a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, received a United States Senate Certificate of Special Recognition for her time as a NOAA Teacher at Sea during the 2014 field season, and has been named one of 100 women presented with the INSIGHT Into Diversity 2015 Inspiring Women in STEM Award.

Environmental Literacy Indicator Tool (ELIT) survey

PA Department of Education

From David Bauman, posted to the Science Learning Community Portal  --  On June 16, 2014, Pennsylvania’s governor Tom Corbett signed the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. In an effort to support this agreement, Pennsylvania is one of the six states completing the Environmental Literacy Indicator Tool (ELIT). In Pennsylvania, we plan on using the survey for the entire state. The results of this survey will provide baseline information regarding the state of environmental literacy in Pennsylvania’s schools and help to plan for the future.

AAAS Project 2061 - Participate in an Online Cognitive Interview Study of High School Biology Students

This message is from AAAS Project 2061  --  This summer and fall (2015), AAAS Project 2061 will be conducting cognitive interviews with high school students to learn what they know about evolution and common ancestry. This will help AAAS develop NGSS-aligned assessment items that effectively measure student understanding of these topics. In order to gain a broad picture of what students know and how they think, AAAS plans to interview students across the country using online video communication software such as Skype. Would you be interested in helping AAAS?

Science in the News

EARTH Magazine: Studies Re-examine How Major Copper Deposits Form

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, 06/24/2015  --  Humans depend on copper for everything from electrical wiring to water pipes. To meet demand, the metal has been largely mined from Porphyry Copper Deposits (PCDs). For decades, scientists generally agreed upon the geological processes behind PCD formation; now EARTH Magazine examines two new studies that suggest alternatives to these long-held understandings.

EARTH Magazine: Science Illustrators - Making the Invisible Visible

EARTH magazine

From EARTH Magazine, 06/16/2015  --  From the tiny microcosms of atomic theory and futuristic colonies on Mars to dinosaurs walking the Earth, science illustrators translate scientific findings and theories into something lifelike, accurate and aesthetically pleasing. The July cover story from EARTH Magazine, "Science Illustrators: Making the Invisible Visible," takes readers on a behind-the-scenes of how illustrators transform a scientific concept into an informed work of art.

Press release for students - Glacier changes at the top of the world

Planet Press

From EGU  --  The Himalayas (South Asia) are home to the largest volume of ice outside the polar regions. The Dudh Kosi basin in Nepal Himalaya hosts some of the world’s highest mountain peaks, including Mt Everest, and a huge number of glaciers. A team of scientists have been researching how sensitive these glaciers could be to future climate change.

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.0 Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge on 06/17/15


06/17/15  --  IRIS does an excellent job collecting and preparing resources we can use in our classrooms on recent, significant earthquakes. Check out their PowerPoint, visualizations and animations on this powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake that occurred in the Southern Atlantic Ocean.  The earthquake was located about 2750 km (1709 mi) SE of Arraial do Cabo, Brazil.  This shallow earthquake occurred on or near a transform fault forming part of the South American - African Plate boundary.