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

2015 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators


The application period for the 2014-2015 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators is now open. Apply through March 13, 2015.

Getting the Picture: Our Changing Climate – New Climate Education Resource

Extreme Ice Survey

Esteemed scientists, educators, explorers and photographers from around the world have joined together to create chapter-by-chapter lessons that combine art, science and adventure stories in a fun and easy to use format.

This unique interactive resource offers a modern, interdisciplinary approach to understanding climate and environmental science with a quick-reference list to the current education standards (NGSS, CCSSI, and Climate Literacy).

Resources from the Rosetta Mission

Eurpoean Space Agency

Where is Rosetta? is an interactive 3D tool that shows where the European Space Agency's comet-chasing Rosetta spacecraft was from launch in 2004 to where it will be beyond the end of its nominal mission in 2015. Rosetta is the daring (and recently successful) mission to chase, orbit, and land on a comet. Rosetta was the first space mission to rendezvous with a comet, the first to land on a comet's surface, and the first to follow a comet as it swings around the Sun.

NSF Climate Change Education Resource

National Science Foundation

For the latest, most up-to-date information on climate change, the National Science Foundation (NSF) offers a new website. "Our planet's climate affects - and is affected by - the sky, land, ice, sea, life, and people found on it. To understand the entire story of climate change," according to the site, "we must study all of the natural and human systems that contribute to and interact with Earth's climate system."  Visit: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/climate/ 

From the American Geosciences Institute (AGI): Comparison of STEM and Geoscience Occupation Growth Over the Next Decade

American Geosciences Institute

Approximately 3 percent of STEM jobs are filled by geoscientists, and the average median salary in 2013 of geoscience jobs was comparable to the average median salary of STEM jobs. Over the next decade, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an increase of 13% in STEM jobs and 14% in geoscience jobs, which is slightly higher than the overall predicted increase of 11% in all U.S. occupations.

From the American Geosciences Institute (AGI): Is Earth Science Education At Risk?

American Geosciences Institute

Many public schools have dropped Earth science from the required curriculum in recent years. Some colleges have closed geoscience departments. Employers have said they need more qualified candidates for geoscience jobs. How well does your public education system ensure that all students are taught important Earth science content?

2015 field programs for teachers by the Geological Society of America

Geological Society of America

Run by the Geological Society of America, these field-based programs run days to weeks and take place in locations across the globe.  Visit the GeoVentures site and click on "Teacher Trips" to learn more about programs open to K-12 teachers, such as:

#DYK comes to the PAESTA Twitter account

Twitter logo

To provide the most up-to-date science content to our audience through multiple channels (not just our PAESTA website), we are now doing a daily #DYK (Did You Know?) post on our Twitter account.  Each post will have an image and link to an article you can share with students.  The best part is that you do not need a Twitter account to view our daily news stories!  See for yourself at: https://twitter.com/paesta.  Another website with excellent "Did You Know?" postings is by NOAA wi

Science in the News

EARTH Magazine: Asbestos Found in Nevada and Arizona - Roadblock and Potential Health Hazard?

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, 01/29/2015  --  In 2011, geologists at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, began discovering asbestos where none should be — in granite rocks with a geologic history not previously known to produce asbestos.

The discoveries, in Clark County in southern Nevada and across the border in northwestern Arizona, suggest that asbestos may be more widespread than previously thought; they also raise questions about the potential health hazards of naturally occurring asbestos (NOA).

Science Nation: Arctic soils key to future climate

NSF Science Nation

From NSF Science Nation  --  Scientists race against climate change to determine the impact of thawing Arctic soils and potential carbon release

Press release for students - Water, key to survival of Roman Empire

EGU Planet Press

From EGU  --  Since the Mediterranean region is often very dry, it was not easy to grow food, such as grain (wheat, oats and other cereals), in some parts of the Empire. Yet, the Romans managed to ensure that the people in their cities had enough food all year round. Scientist Brian Dermody wanted to find out how the Empire survived for so long in the challenging environment of the Mediterranean.

Press release for students - How tall are the ice sheets?

EGU Planet Press

From EGU  --  By bouncing powerful radar beams from a satellite, a German team of scientists have created very detailed maps of how the height changes across the ice sheets.

EARTH: California - A Profusion of Drought Restrictions with Varying Results

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, 01/26/2015  --  At times last year, 100 percent of California experienced moderate to exceptional drought conditions; even after massive storms in December, almost 80 percent of the state was still under extreme drought, the second-worst category. The drought has been ongoing for a few years now, and last year, state and local officials created new drought restrictions designed to mitigate the effects. But whether these restrictions will make a dent in California’s water shortage amid the ongoing and historic drought remains to be seen.

Science Nation: Engineering innovative seismic retrofits that don't break the bank

NSF Science Nation

From NSF Science Nation  --  Georgia Tech engineers are testing out novel materials and combinations that would be less disruptive and costly

EARTH: Protecting the Mineral Treasures of Antarctica’s Larsemann Hills

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, 01/21/15  --  In 2003, scientists visited the Stornes Peninsula in Antarctica’s Larsemann Hills to study the rocks — especially those containing boron and phosphorus minerals. What they found set them on a decade-long path to protect the geology, culminating in 2014 with the naming of the site as an Antarctic Specially Protected Area. Stornes Peninsula became only the fifth location in Antarctica with geologic features deemed sufficiently precious to the geologic community to receive this high level of protection.

2014 Earth's warmest year on record


NOAA announced that in 2014, the combined land and ocean surface temperature was 1.24°F (0.69°C) above the 20th century average, making the year the warmest since records began in 1880. Here is the new Science on a Sphere (SOS) dataset and video to go along with this announcement: