For Earth Science Week 2015, PAESTA held an essay contest that challenged K-12 students in Pennsylvania to write an essay with the following theme: Why Earth Science Matters in Pennsylvania. We are thrilled to announce the three winning essays, all written by students in Sandy Grajewski's classroom at Conrad Weiser High School in Robesonia, PA.
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.
Presentations from the Conference are currently being posted. For more information see the 2015 PAESTA Conference Information page.
News from PAESTA
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) publishes a monthly eNewsletter titled The Earth Science Week Update (http://www.earthsciweek.org/newsletter). The Table of Contents is listed below for the Vol. 13, No. 11, November 2015 issue (http://www.earthsciweek.org/newsletter/2015/november).
Deadline: January 15, 2016
Applications and nominations are being accepted for the 2016 Teacher of the Year (TOTY) Award. The TOTY award, given by the American Association for Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation, will once again be granted to a K-12 teacher within the United States who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of geoscience education.
Deadline: January 20, 2016
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is accepting applications for the Edward C. Roy Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching. Given annually, this award is presented to one full-time K-8 teacher in the U.S. or U.K. whose excellence and innovation in the classroom elevates students' understanding of the Earth and its many processes.
As part of a US Department of Education-funded project, AAAS Project 2061 is developing multiple-choice assessment instruments to measure students’ understanding of ideas about energy. We are currently recruiting teachers and professors willing to pilot test these instruments with their students in the winter of 2015-2016.
Students must be in 4th-12th grade or be undergraduate students.
The test may be administered online or in paper format.
The test should take no more than a single class period.
Registration deadline is December 4, 2015.
According to AGI's Geoscience Student Exit Survey, 48% of geoscience graduates choose to major in the geosciences at some point during their fi rst two years as an undergraduate. This supports the importance of the introductory geoscience courses as recruitment tools into the major. AGI is conducting a brief survey to see the subject focus of these introductory courses, as well as the supplementary activities, such as fi eld and research experiences, that can develop interest in the geosciences, for universities in the United States and Canada.
Science in the News
November 29, 2015 -- This week the United Nations Conference on Climate Change begins in Paris, France. This is an annual meeting of all countries that want to work together to improve the climate. To help discuss this with your students, Listen Current has highlighted their resources about climate change.
Access the audio file and lesson plans at the Listen Current website (you can register for a free account to access all these teaching materials and more):
11/24/2015 -- 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 the two deep 7.6 magnitude earthquakes that have shaken a sparsely populated jungle region near the Peru-Brazil border in southeast Peru. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/3865
11/18/2015 -- 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 the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck offshore in the Solomon Islands. The earthquake occurred 178 km (111 mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands at a depth of 13.4 km (8.3 mi), according to the US Geological Survey.
IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/3859
From EARTH Magazine, 11/13/2015 -- For years historians and scientists have tried to understand the ancient marvel of the Roman aqueducts to better understand Rome itself. Now archaeologists are using a new method - the buildup of travertine within the Anio Novus aqueduct - to determine how much water flowed into Rome.