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

News and Notes from PAESTA - March 2015

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

Tournament Earth 2015: Which Image Will Win It?

Tournament Earth 2015

From NASA's Earth Observatory  --  They face off on the frozen tundra and in the searing deserts. They meet high in the stratosphere and in the depths of the ocean. They clash on the remotest of islands and in the brightly-lit urban centers. They are the best and brightest of Earth’s stars, and they meet again in friendly international competition.

March 2015 PAESTAR

This month we recognize Toba Bernstein, 8th grade science teacher in Bristol Township, PA. Toba has been a valued, contributing member to PAESTA since the organization’s founding. Most importantly, Toba is a support to her colleagues, both to those in her building and those in the greater PAESTA community.

2015 PA KidWind Challenge

Registration deadline: April 25. Event date: May 2.

Your thoughts about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are important

American Geosciences Institute

From AGI  --  The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) are working together to gather data about perceptions and needs related to the Earth and Space Science sections of the NGSS. Whether you teach, are an administrator, or are a member of the public with an interest in Earth and Space Science education, please take a few minutes to fill out this survey.

March 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 take us through some of the organizations that highlight women in STEM, in honor of Women's History Month.


Resources referred to in the podcast include:

TrowelBlazers: http://www.trowelblazers.com/

2015 STEM First Light Project

Below is an announcement from the Falcon Telescope Network.  Be sure to also see the attached file.  Note the registration deadline is March 3, 2015.


Science in the News

EARTH Magazine: El Niño Disaster Stunted Children’s Growth

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, 03/04/2015  --  Children born during, and up to three years after, the devastating 1997-1998 El Niño event in northern Peru were found to be shorter than their peers in a new study covered in EARTH Magazine. The rising waters wiped out crops, drowned livestock, cut off bridges, and caused prolonged famine in many rural villages. Now, a new study that tracked long-term health impacts on children from the affected region has found that a decade later, the children continue to bear signs of the hardship endured early in their lives. 

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.0 Flores Sea


02/27/2015  --  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 major magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook southern Indonesia, but no major damage or tsunami were expected because of its depth. 

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/3275

Listen Current: Oklahoma Has More Earthquakes Than California

Listen Current

March 1, 2015  --  When Americans think of earthquakes they often think of California, but in the last few years Oklahoma has become the leader in earthquakes in the continental United States. Some areas in Oklahoma experience two to three earthquakes a day! These quakes are being linked to a modern oil production technique known as hydraulic fracturing. It’s the process used to dispose of wastewater created during the extraction of oil from shale. Listen to learn how communities are responding to the quakes and the oil companies that might be creating them.


EARTH Magazine: Hazard Lingers After South Napa Earthquake

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, 02/26/15  --  After the Aug. 24, 2014, Napa Valley earthquake, movement continued along the principal fault to the north of the epicenter, according to a report released by the U.S. Geological Survey. Such "afterslip" is known from previous quakes, but this is the first time that strong afterslip has been observed in a populated residential community. While the majority of shaking on the main strand of the West Napa Fault Zone occurred in rural fields, approximately 20 homes were immediately affected.

Science Nation: Off the water grid: energy efficient and sustainable

NSF Science Nation

From NSF Science Nation, 02/23/2015  --  University students live with "net zero" water system to test out the idea of decentralizing the urban water infrastructure

New York Times: ‘Animated Life: Pangea’

Animated Life: Pangea - This animated documentary tells the story of polar explorer Alfred Wegener, the unlikely scientist behind continental drift theory. Video by Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck on Publish Date February 17, 2015.

Read the full article on the New York Times website: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/17/opinion/animated-life-pangaea.html.

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.1 Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge


02/15/2015  --  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 major magnitude 7.1 earthquake that occurred on the North America – Eurasia Plate boundary. The epicenter was located ~1170km SE of Greenland in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean.

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/3250

Listen Current: Where to Put the Snow?

Listen Current

02/12/2015  --  New England has been hit hard by snow in the last month. Storm after storm has left unprecedented amounts of snow to be removed from the streets in cities like Boston, Massachusetts. Where does all of this snow go and what happens to it? Listen to hear how the City of Boston is dealing with mounds of snow.