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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.


Principal Donna Lindiner accepting the award on Veronika's behalf.

Award for Teaching Excellence - 2016

Veronika Ann Paluch, of The Agnes Irwin School, Bryn Mawr, has received the 2016 PAESTA Award for Teaching Excellence. This award is presented annually to a K-12 teacher who has made exemplary contributions to the field of Earth and space science education.

Paluch brings more than six years of Earth and space science experience to her elementary-aged students. Paluch began her career as an elementary school homeroom teacher. When offered a position teaching science, she readily accepted and has worked to make the experience more project-and-inquiry based to challenge the students.

Congratulations, Veronika


Celebrating Five Years of Excellence

Anniversary NewsletterOn March 30, 2011, the Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association (PAESTA) was formally approved as a state af liate of the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA). This publication documents notable accomplishments during the  rst  ve years of our existence. Join us in celebrating our past and help chart the course of PAESTA’s future!

Anniversary Newsletter PDF


News from PAESTA

Geoscience Policy Recommendations for the New Administration and the 115th Congress

Geoscience Policy Recommendations for the New Administration and the 115th Congress

From AGI, March 20, 2017, see webpage of press release (link is external)  --  Geoscientists gather and interpret data about the Earth and other planets, providing the data, tools, and expertise to help solve some of America’s greatest challenges. The policy proposals laid out in this document are centered around five high-level thematic areas:

New Geoscience Student Exit Survey Reflects Evolving Opportunities for Recent Graduates

AGI Press Release

From AGI  -- The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) Workforce Program announces the release of its annual Status of Recent Geoscience Graduates report. The report details the results of the 2016 Geoscience Student Exit Survey, documenting trends trends in geoscience coursework, enrollment, student experiences, as well as a recent shift in hiring patterns for new graduates.

Earth Science Week 2017 Theme Announced: 'Earth and Human Activity'

Earth Science Week

From AGI Public Relations, January 3, 2017  --  The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce that the theme of Earth Science Week 2017 is "Earth and Human Activity." This year's event, the 20th annual Earth Science Week celebration (Oct. 8-14), promotes awareness of what geoscience tells us about human interaction with the planet's natural systems and processes.
 

Science in the News

EARTH Magazine: Early Spring Thaw Triggers Arctic Greenhouse Gas Release

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine (AGI), March 20, 2017  --  The Arctic looks pretty inactive during the winter, but more may be happening than meets the eye.  According to a recent study, some carbon dioxide and methane are released during the early spring thaw, suggesting that critical processes are taking place during the Arctic winter. 

Westernmost, low-lying region of Louisiana coast on track to drown under sea level rise

Dead trees mark an area in Houma, Louisiana, transitioning from a forested swamp to a grassy marsh

From NSF, March 14, 2017  --  Little chance this shoreline can withstand accelerating rate of sea level rise, scientists say

Without major efforts to rebuild Louisiana's wetlands, which serve as bulwarks against waves and rising seas, the state's coast has little chance of withstanding the accelerating rate of sea level rise, a new study concludes.

EARTH Magazine: An App That Brings Home Your Seismic Hazard

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, January 31, 2017  --  Do you know the earthquake risk in your neighborhood? If not, that information is now available in the palm of your hand. Founded by two former U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) employees, Temblor is a free app that allows people to view interactive seismic hazard maps on their smartphones, tablets or computers. It also teaches U.S. homeowners to factor earthquake and landslide risk into their financial decisions, like where to live and what insurance to buy.

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.9 Papua New Guinea (01/22/2017)

IRIS

January 22, 2017  --  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 a magnitude 7.9 earthquake that occurred 40 kilometers (24 miles) west of the town of Panguna, at an intermediate depth (136 km, 84.5 miles) beneath the island of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. 

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/4409