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

Presentations from the Conference are currently being posted. For more information see the 2015 PAESTA Conference Information page.

News from PAESTA

2015 PAESTA Earth Science Week Essay Contest Winners Announced

Earth Science Week

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.

AAPG to Recognize Top Earth Science Teacher in 2016 - apply today!


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.

AGI Accepting Applications for Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching

American Geosciences Institute

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.

AAAS - Participate in Pilot Testing of Energy Assessment Instruments


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.

AGI Geoscience Currents #107: Field and Research Experiences in Introductory Geoscience Courses

American Geosciences Institute

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

Listen Current: Climate Change Summit

Listen Current

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):

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Two Magnitude 7.6 Peru


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 

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.0 Solomon Islands


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