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.

2015 PAESTA Conference Information

PAESTA will have a block of presentations highlighted at the 2015 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Regional Conference in Philadelphia. The PAESTA strand of talks will be on Saturday morning, November 14. The Annual PAESTA Conference will follow in Philadelphia that afternoon. For more information see the 2015 PAESTA Conference Information page.

Earth Science Week

Join the Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association (PAESTA) as we put a Pennsylvania focus on this year's celebrations of Earth Science Week!

For 2015, the theme of Earth Science Week is Visualizing Earth's Systems.

PAESTA Earth Science Week

PAESTA Earth Science Week Essay Contest​



News from PAESTA

DEP’s 2016 Environmental Education Grants Program now open

PA Department of Environmental Protection

Schools, colleges and universities, county conservation districts, nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and businesses can apply for the grants.
The grants provide funding to develop programs and projects that support environmental education about issues including:

• Sustainable Living: rain gardens, rain barrels, clean energy, radon protection, composting, and other related topics.

Nominations for PAEMST now open for K - 6 teachers

National Science Foundation

From David Bauman, PDE  --  Nominations for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science is now open for K - 6 teachers. You can nominate someone you know who is a great teacher, or nominate yourself. This is the nation's highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Winners will win $10,000 and a trip to the White House.

September 2015 Edition of the Pennsylvania Observer (PA weather/climate information)

The Pennsylvania State Climatologist

From The Pennsylvania Climate Office Staff  --  The September 2015 edition of the "Pennsylvania Observer" is attached.  Features include a summary of September's weather, the experimental forecast for October and November, and one highlight. The highlight shows the relationship between a wet early summer and a dry late summer in Pennsylvania and the following winter's temperature and precipitation anomalies across the country. Look for the next newsletter at the start of November.

AGI Geoscience Currents #106: Critical Skills Necessary for the Development of Undergraduate Geoscience Students

American Geosciences Institute

From AGI, 09/23/2015  --  Dr. Sharon Mosher, Dean of the Jackson School at the University of Texas at Austin, guest authored Currents #106 displaying the list of skills and competencies considered critical for success of undergraduate geoscience majors.  The data are part of a NSF-funded project, the Summit on the Future of Geoscience Undergraduate Education. 

Science in the News

Listen Current: Calculating a Local Carbon Footprint

Listen Current

New software is providing data for emissions reduction in very specific areas, like your neighborhood. Listen to understand emissions at the local level and discuss how students can calculate their carbon footprint.

Access the audio file and lesson plans at the Listen Current website (you can register for a free account to access all teaching materials): https://listencurrent.com/lessons/225-calculating-a-local-carbon-footprint


Listen Current: A New Human-like Species

Listen Current

September 22, 2015  --  A new species that tells us something about humans origins was recently discovered deep inside a cave in South Africa. This discovery is a mystery in many ways. How did the bones get there? How old are the fossils? What is the significance of discovering them? The bones are so deep inside the cave they were almost inaccessible. The scientist who discovered them hired thin, non-claustrophobic scientists to descend a steep cliff and then climb through a 7-inch wide crack in a cave to collect over 1,000 bones.

EARTH Magazine: Vital Seconds - The Journey Toward Earthquake Early Warning for All

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, 09/17/2015  --  Americans are reminded in September to be prepared for natural hazards during "National Preparedness Month." A major goal of preparedness is to provide early warnings for earthquakes. Earthquake early warning (EEW) is exactly what it says: It is an early warning that shaking is coming and it can typically give a few seconds to a few minutes, at most, of warning. The warnings can be sent off just after an earthquake occurs on a fault, but before the damaging secondary waves are felt. It is not earthquake prediction.

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 8.3 Offshore Coquimbo, Chile


09/16/2015  --  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 8.3 magnitude earthquake that struck offshore Chile late Wednesday.  The earthquake occurred 229km (142mi) north-northwest of the capital Santiago. The earthquake shook buildings in Santiago and generated a tsunami that caused flooding in some coastal areas.  The coastal town of Coquimbo was hit by waves of up to 4.5 meters (15 feet) high after the earthquake.