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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.

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News from PAESTA

September 2017 PAESTARs

This month we recognize brothers Devin and Roldan Kramer from Ardmore, PA, for receiving the 2016 President’s Environmental Youth Award for grade levels K-5 in EPA Region 3 for their work to save frogs and toads. The national award is presented each year to exceptional students who demonstrate creativity, innovation, and leadership to address difficult environmental challenges. The brothers’ interest in the topic was sparked by discussions about the number of mosquitos in their area, and the decline of predators like bats, frogs and toads, which feed on mosquitos.

July 2017 PAESTAR

This month we recognize 6th grader Reece Steidle from Mount Nittany Middle School in State College, PA, for his winning entry in the NASA Cassini Scientist for a Day contest for 2016-2017. The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by the Cassini spacecraft and are tasked to choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This choice must then be supported in essay. Reece is one of three U.S.

Science in the News

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 8.1 in Mexico on 09/08/2017

IRIS

09/08/17  --  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 8.1 earthquake that occurred offshore Mexico.  It was felt as far away as Mexico City and Guatemala City.  This occurred as heavy rains from Hurricane Katia were approaching from the east.  There are early reports of 32 deaths from this earthquake, with homes, schools and hospitals damaged.

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.7 in Russia on 07/17/2017

IRIS

07/17/17  --  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 7.7 earthquake that occurred near the westernmost extension of the Aleutian Island chain. The epicenter was located 688.6 km (427.9 miles) E of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia, at a depth of 11.7 km below Earth’s surface.

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/4670

EARTH Magazine: Early Spring Thaw Triggers Arctic Greenhouse Gas Release

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine (AGI), March 20, 2017  --  The Arctic looks pretty inactive during the winter, but more may be happening than meets the eye.  According to a recent study, some carbon dioxide and methane are released during the early spring thaw, suggesting that critical processes are taking place during the Arctic winter. 

Westernmost, low-lying region of Louisiana coast on track to drown under sea level rise

Dead trees mark an area in Houma, Louisiana, transitioning from a forested swamp to a grassy marsh

From NSF, March 14, 2017  --  Little chance this shoreline can withstand accelerating rate of sea level rise, scientists say

Without major efforts to rebuild Louisiana's wetlands, which serve as bulwarks against waves and rising seas, the state's coast has little chance of withstanding the accelerating rate of sea level rise, a new study concludes.