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



News from PAESTA

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

The Pennsylvania State Climatologist

From The Pennsylvania Climate Office Staff  --  The August 2015 edition of the "Pennsylvania Observer" is attached.  Features include a summary of August's weather, the experimental forecast for September and October, and one highlight. The highlight shows the relationship between various temperature and precipitation anomalies, as well as ENSO phase evolution, for March through July and the following late fall/early winter temperature and precipitation anomalies across the country.

Boat Rides, LEGO Boats to Highlight Pennsylvania Coast Day 2015

From Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, 08/27/2015  --  Over 550 people will enjoy a free boat ride at Pennsylvania Coast Day on Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Penn’s Landing.

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary will give away over 350 tickets for the RiverLink Ferry and 150 tickets for the Patriot. Both tours will be narrated. It is also offering free kayaking and pedal boating in Penn’s Landing Marina. Those who take advantage of both could save up to $40.

EARTH Magazine - Geology for Everyone: Making the Field Accessible

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, 08/24/2015  --  The theme of inclusion in the geosciences is sweeping through the community, and geoscience instructors and field trip leaders are learning how to make accommodations to individuals with different barriers to being in the field. In the September issue, EARTH Magazine reports how in 2014, at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, a couple of researchers put on the first fully accessible field trip, and it was a success!

AGI Reports on U.S. Geoscience Education (K-5, secondary schools)

American Geosciences Institute

From AGI, 08/18/2015  --  The American Geosciences Institute's Center for Geoscience and Society is pleased to release two reports concerning geosciences education in the United States. The reports were developed in response to the need for comprehensive monitoring of the U.S. educational system in terms of the instruction of geoscience content and participation in geoscience-related learning experiences. The reports are based on data pertaining to science education collected from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  

Science in the News

Listen Current: High Tech Meets Agriculture

Listen Current

August 18, 2015  --  Farm work is on the decline, but work in agriculture-related business is booming. Two ways that technology is transforming the farming business is in creating websites where farmers can find bargains on seeds and selling technology solutions to help farmers collect and monitor data. Listen to hear the many new jobs that are being created using technology in interesting ways to improve farming businesses.

EARTH Magazine: Oceans Revealed on Icy Moons

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, 08/03/2015  --  It now appears that, of the many moons of Jupiter and Saturn, two of them may have oceans beneath their icy exteriors. Scientists studying Jupiter's moon Ganymede - the largest moon in the solar system and the only one with its own magnetic field, which frequently sparks aurorae - used the Hubble space telescope to detect ultraviolet light emitted by the aurorae, which were less active than expected, given the moon's magnetic field.

EARTH Magazine: Endangered Icebreakers: The Future of Arctic Research, Exploration and Rescue at Risk

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, 07/28/2015  --  The United States' Icebreaker Fleet - operated by the U.S. Coast Guard - consists of just two ships that are used for everything from search and rescue to national security operations to scientific research. In our August cover story, EARTH Magazine examines the various roles icebreakers play, especially in Arctic research, and how insufficient funding is affecting the icebreakers' roles.

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.0 New Guinea on 07/27/15


07/27/15  --  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 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck New Guinea Monday, approximately 250 km west of the provincial capital Jayapura. .

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/3665