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

April 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. 4, April 2015 issue.

Pennsylvania Geographical Society Teacher Recognition Award

Pennsylvania Geographical Society

The Pennsylvania Geographical Society (PGS) Awards Committee is soliciting nominations and self-nominations for the following 2015 award:

Teacher Recognition Award.  Given to K-12 teachers who are effective at teaching Geography, Earth Science, Environmental Science or other courses such as Social Studies where a significant geographic component is present.  More than one award is given each year, and recipients need not be members of PGS.

Nominations or self-nominations should be sent to: 

Earth Science Week 2015 Contests Announced

American Geosciences Institute

From AGI, 04/17/2015  --  In celebration of Earth Science Week 2015, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is sponsoring three national contests honoring this year's theme, "Visualizing Earth Systems." This year's competitions will feature a photography contest, a visual arts contest, and an essay contest.

Energy Literacy - A Free Classroom Resource

American Geosciences Institute

From AGI, 04/16/2015  --  Free, interdisciplinary, educational materials and videos are now available to foster a more energy literate nation, and to answer important questions like: What is energy? Where does energy come from? How much energy do humans use? The Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education project, available on the Department of Energy website, identifies what makes an energy literate citizen, and highlights seven principles to help guide exploration into energy related learning. 

News and Notes from PAESTA - April 2015

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

April 2015 PAESTAR

This month we recognize Michael Baer of Elizabeth Forward Middle School in Elizabeth, PA. Michael was selected for the Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award for the state of Pennsylvania by the Northeast Section of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT). This award is given to precollege teachers who have made exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the earth sciences and who are outstanding teachers.

National Environmental Education Week - April 19-25, 2015

EE Week 2015

National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is the nation's largest celebration of environmental education. It is held each spring around the time of Earth Day and inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. This year, EE Week looks at how science can help us better understand the natural world with the theme Surrounded by Science, part of their continuing series on Greening STEM.

April 2015 podcast from the PAESTA President

PAESTA President Laura Guertin

PAESTA President, Laura Guertin brings us her next installment in her PAESTA President's Podcasting Series.   Be sure to listen to hear Laura talk about Earth Day!

Resource referred to in the podcast includes:

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Science in the News

Science Nation: Hunting for the WIMPs of the universe

NSF Science Nation

From NSF Science Nation, 04/27/2015  --  To detect dark matter called Weakly Interacting Massive Particles, or WIMPs, you have to go a long way – down!

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.8 Nepal


04/25/2015  --  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 magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred 77 km (48 miles) northwest of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal that is home to nearly 1.5 million inhabitants.  The earthquake flattened homes, buildings and temples, causing widespread damage across the region and killing more than 1,800 people.

EARTH Magazine: Of Temperature and Tone - Has Climate Shaped Human Languages

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, 04/23/2015  --  We have known for a long time that an environment can influence the vocalizations of animals. Scientists at the Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics wanted to see if a similar correlation between environment and language could be demonstrated for humans.

Science Nation: Hydraulic fracturing: Using scientific methods to evaluate trade-offs

NSF Science Nation

From NSF Science Nation, 04/20/2015  --  Engineers gather data for more informed decisions about the benefits versus costs of oil and natural gas development.

Listen Current: Turning off the Tap, CA Water Restrictions

Listen Current

April 15, 2015  --  California’s ongoing drought has prompted California Governor Jerry Brown to announce statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history. Use this story to discuss drought, state regulation and individual responsibility for saving water.

EARTH Magazine: Fire-driven Clouds and Swirling Winds Whipped Up Record-Setting New Mexico Blaze

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, 04/13/2015  --  The massive 2011 Las Conchas Fire near Los Alamos, N.M., defied conventional fire science wisdom by racing downhill instead of uphill, and increasing intensity overnight. Now, EARTH Magazine brings you recent scientific analysis of the fire from a research team at Los Alamos National Lab.

EARTH Magazine: Kamikaze Typhoons Spared Japan from Kublai Kahn

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From AGI, 03/31/2015  --  In a small lake along the Japanese coast, scientists have found evidence of turbulent waters centuries ago. These telltale signs of severe weather in the geologic record support the  legend of the two kamikaze typhoons that protected Japan from Mongol invasion. EARTH Magazine follows University of Amherst geoscientist Kinuyo Kanamaru and his research team as the dig up history in search of signs of the storms.

Listen Current: Oil Glut

April 5, 2015  --  The United States has become one of the world’s largest producers of oil but we might be running out of space to store this oil. If companies sell off large amounts of oil to open up storage space what will happen to the price of oil? Use this story to help students understand the relationship between oil production, speculation and storage.