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

Apply now for NOAA’s environmental literacy grants


Deadline:  April 13, 2015

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is currently offering grants to environmental educators who have innovative ideas about teaching resilience to extreme weather events and environmental changes.

Applications can be submitted online at www.grants.gov. Apply by April 13th 2015.

Keystone Wild! Notes Newsletter, Winter 2015

Keystone Wild! Notes Newsletter

From PA's DCRN Wild Resource Conservation Program  --  The Winter 2015 issue of Keystone Wild!Notes is now available. This issue is all about ice, and how it has shaped habitat in Pennsylvania, how shoreline habitats are influenced by river ice, how wildlife cope with surviving icy weather, and how cold weather can even affect forests.  DCNR also announces the 2014 WRCP Grants awarded. 

March 2015 Earth Science Week Update eNewsletter

Earth Science Week 2015

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) publishes a monthly eNewsletter titled The Earth Science Week Update.  The Table of Contents is listed below for the Vol. 13, No. 3, March 2015 issue.


DCNR's ECO Camp for High School Students - Exploring Careers Outdoors


ECO Camp - Exploring Careers Outdoors

Where can a high school student experience a variety of outdoor careers? Where can you learn first-hand about the job of a forester, geologist or park manager? Where can you have a great time meeting new friends while enjoying outdoor recreation activities in Pennsylvania state parks and forests

News and Notes from PAESTA - March 2015

The March 2015 News and Notes from PAESTA has been sent out. You can view it online via this link.

Tournament Earth 2015: Which Image Will Win It?

Tournament Earth 2015

From NASA's Earth Observatory  --  They face off on the frozen tundra and in the searing deserts. They meet high in the stratosphere and in the depths of the ocean. They clash on the remotest of islands and in the brightly-lit urban centers. They are the best and brightest of Earth’s stars, and they meet again in friendly international competition.

March 2015 PAESTAR

This month we recognize Toba Bernstein, 8th grade science teacher in Bristol Township, PA. Toba has been a valued, contributing member to PAESTA since the organization’s founding. Most importantly, Toba is a support to her colleagues, both to those in her building and those in the greater PAESTA community.

2015 PA KidWind Challenge

Registration deadline: April 25. Event date: May 2.

Science in the News

NASA's Space Place: The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway

NASA's Space Place

From Dr. Ethan Siegel  --  For those of us in the northern hemisphere, winter brings long, cold nights, which are often excellent for sky watchers (so long as there's a way to keep warm!) But there's often an added bonus that comes along when conditions are just right: the polar lights, or the Aurora Borealis around the North Pole. Here on our world, a brilliant green light often appears for observers at high northern latitudes, with occasional, dimmer reds and even blues lighting up a clear night.

EARTH Magazine: Escape from Alcatraz - Modern Modeling Adds to a Decades-Old Mystery

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, March 18, 2015 - Did they survive? Since 1962, the fate of three inmates who broke out of the famous prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay - carrying rubber rafts fashioned out of raincoats - has remained a mystery. From the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the hosts of the show "Mythbusters," many have tried to figure out what happened to the escapees. Now, EARTH Magazine brings you news of an effort led by a research team from Delft University in the Netherlands.

Listen Current: Visiting Mars

Listen Current

March 6, 2015  --  In 2024 crews of four will be sent to Mars with the goal of creating a permanent human settlement there. 200,000 people applied to be one of the first four people willing to make this one-way trip. A 22-year-old college student from Texas is one of the final 100 applicants. Ask your students: Would they take a one-way trip to Mars, knowing they would never return to Earth?

EARTH Magazine: El Niño Disaster Stunted Children’s Growth

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, 03/04/2015  --  Children born during, and up to three years after, the devastating 1997-1998 El Niño event in northern Peru were found to be shorter than their peers in a new study covered in EARTH Magazine. The rising waters wiped out crops, drowned livestock, cut off bridges, and caused prolonged famine in many rural villages. Now, a new study that tracked long-term health impacts on children from the affected region has found that a decade later, the children continue to bear signs of the hardship endured early in their lives. 

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.0 Flores Sea


02/27/2015  --  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 major magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook southern Indonesia, but no major damage or tsunami were expected because of its depth. 

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/3275

Listen Current: Oklahoma Has More Earthquakes Than California

Listen Current

March 1, 2015  --  When Americans think of earthquakes they often think of California, but in the last few years Oklahoma has become the leader in earthquakes in the continental United States. Some areas in Oklahoma experience two to three earthquakes a day! These quakes are being linked to a modern oil production technique known as hydraulic fracturing. It’s the process used to dispose of wastewater created during the extraction of oil from shale. Listen to learn how communities are responding to the quakes and the oil companies that might be creating them.


EARTH Magazine: Hazard Lingers After South Napa Earthquake

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, 02/26/15  --  After the Aug. 24, 2014, Napa Valley earthquake, movement continued along the principal fault to the north of the epicenter, according to a report released by the U.S. Geological Survey. Such "afterslip" is known from previous quakes, but this is the first time that strong afterslip has been observed in a populated residential community. While the majority of shaking on the main strand of the West Napa Fault Zone occurred in rural fields, approximately 20 homes were immediately affected.

Science Nation: Off the water grid: energy efficient and sustainable

NSF Science Nation

From NSF Science Nation, 02/23/2015  --  University students live with "net zero" water system to test out the idea of decentralizing the urban water infrastructure