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.
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News from PAESTA
This month we recognize Isabel Pilling, science teacher at AMY James Martin in Philadelphia, for her work as a Board Member for the GreenTreks Network. GreenTreks is a non-profit video production and educational organization that highlights environmental solutions to inspire actions within the Philadelphia community and beyond. Isabel has been a math and science teacher to students in grades 6 to 10 for over 15 years in the School District of Philadelphia, inspiring audiences young and old to get involved and make a difference.
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 National Teacher Day and Teacher Appreciation Week!
Resource referred to in the podcast includes:
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:
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.
Science in the News
From EARTH magazine, 05/27/15 -- As this summer's blockbuster movie season gets underway, EARTH Magazine asks an important question: In movies, "are geologists portrayed as heroes or villains?" The topic of how geologists are portrayed in film has been oft-debated around a campfire, or over a frosty beverage at the end of a day of fieldwork, but now four scientists bring some serious analysis to the subject in the June issue feature, "Rock Stars - Geologists on the Silver Screen."
From EARTH Magazine, 05/20/15 -- In the years following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, forest fires billowed plumes of contaminated smoke, carrying radioactive particles throughout Europe on the wind. Now, researchers fear that a shift to a hotter, drier climate in Eastern Europe could increase the frequency of these fires.
05/07/15 -- 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 magnitude 7.3 earthquake that occurred near Mount Everest. Early reports suggest 32 people have been killed and at least 1,000 were injured in the earthquake. The region is still in recovery from a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred on April 25, killing more than 8,000 people.
From EARTH Magazine, 05/15/15 -- The evolutionary age of grass has been hotly contested. Scientists have previously dated the earliest grasses to 55 million years ago; after the dinosaurs went extinct. Now, a new 100-million-year-old specimen of amber from Myanmar potentially pushes back grass evolution to the Late Cretaceous.
05/07/15 -- 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 magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit off the western coast of Bougainville Island on Thursday, approximately 144 km (89 mi) southwest of Panguna. There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties.
IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/3394
05/05/15 -- 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 magnitude 7.5 earthquake that struck off the eastern coast of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, approximately 130 km (81 mi) south-southwest of Kokopo at a depth of 42 km (26.1 mi).
IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/3382