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

Pennsylvania Geology - Fall 2014 issue

Pennsylvania Geology

The newest issue of Pennsylvania Geology, the quarterly magazine of the Pennsylvania Geological Survey, can be found at the following link: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_20030248.pdf (link is external).

News and Notes from PAESTA - December 2014

The December 2014 News and Notes from PAESTA has been sent out. You can view it online via this link.

December 2014 PAESTAR

This month, we recognize Rebecca Newschaffer, 7th grade math teacher at AMY Northwest Middle School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nominated by one of her peers, “Rebecca has been teaching for over 20 years and she has been teaching in Philadelphia for the last 8 years. She is always interested in teaching integrated math and science units that require the use of real time data. She is especially excited about co-teaching the Weather and Climate unit because there is such a wealth of data that students can organize and make claims about.

December 2014 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's excitement about the PAESTA Award for Teaching Excellence and the 30th PAESTAR!

Elementary News and Notes from PAESTA - November 2014

The November 2014 Elementary News and Notes from PAESTA has been sent out. You can view it online via this link.

2015 Captain Planet Foundation Grant

Captain Planet Foundation

Grant deadline: January 31, 2015

The Captain Planet Foundation issued a call for applications for their small grant program to fund hands-on environmental projects that encourage youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their communities. 501(c)(3)nonprofit organizations, including schools, are encouraged to apply by January 31, 2015 with applications that are project-based, youth-driven, and have real environmental outcomes. 

November 2014 Earth Science Week Update eNewsletter

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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. 12, No. 11, November 2014 issue.


AGI Accepting Applications for 2015 Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching

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Deadline: January 10, 2015

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.

Science in the News

EARTH: Hundreds of Methane Seeps Discovered Along the U.S. East Coast

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine  --  Methane is often found naturally leaking from the seafloor, particularly in petroleum basins like the Gulf of Mexico or along tectonically active continental margins like the U.S. West Coast, but such plumes were not expected along passive margins, like the East Coast of North America. Now, however, the discovery of hundreds of methane seeps on the seafloor along the U.S. East Coast suggests that such reservoirs may be more common along passive margins than previously thought.

New fossils are no "missing link"

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From Understanding Evolution  --  Last month, scientists announced the discovery of 55-million-year-old fossils that belong to a mammal from ancient India, Cambaytherium thewissi. The hoofed animal may not have been particularly distinctive looking — it would have weighed between 45 and 75 pounds, resembling a cross between a wild boar and a tapir — but it does occupy a distinctive place on the Tree of Life. Some news outlets immediately began heralding the discovery as a "missing evolutionary link" between horses and rhinos. But is this accurate?

Science Nation: Sea Spray: Complex chemistry with big effects on climate

NSF Science Nation

From NSF Science Nation  --  From ocean microbes to clouds and climate--it all comes down to microscopic particles at the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment.

EARTH: How Much Natural Hazard Mitigation Is Enough?

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine  --  Hurricane Sandy struck the U.S. East Coast in October 2012, leaving about $65 billion of damage in its wake and raising the question of how to mitigate the damage from future storms. It's a question that arises in the wake of most natural disasters: What steps can society take to protect itself from storms, floods, landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis or volcanic eruptions? But the question itself illustrates the complexity of preparing for natural disasters.

Science Nation: Researchers crack the ice to study the Arctic marine food web

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From NSF Science Nation  --  Local climatic changes impact algae living inside the sea ice, which may drastically affect near shore Arctic marine food webs

Listen Current: Comet Landing

Listen Current

11/16/2014 - This week the European Space Agency landed a probe on a comet 300 million miles from Earth. The probe will give scientists an opportunity to better understand comets and their role in providing the foundations for life. This story will give your students a totally new image of comets!

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.1 Molucca Sea, 11/15/14


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 7.1 earthquake that occurred 150 kilometers (93 miles) off the coast of Ternate, Indonesia.  The 35 kilometer deep (21.7 miles) earthquake struck at 10:31 a.m. local time.

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/3047

NASA's Space Place: Where the Heavenliest of Showers Come From

NASA's Space Place

By Dr. Ethan Siegel  --  You might think that, so long as Earth can successfully dodge the paths of rogue asteroids and comets that hurtle our way, it's going to be smooth, unimpeded sailing in our annual orbit around the sun. But the meteor showers that illuminate the night sky periodically throughout the year not only put on spectacular shows for us, they're direct evidence that interplanetary space isn't so empty after all!