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.

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

2016 PAESTA Science Conference

Keeping these reports in mind and wanting to address the need for increasing climate science content knowledge with K-12 teachers, PAESTA is introducing a new format for its fall conference in 2016. The PAESTA Science Conference will have three invited scientists come speak to PAESTA members about the basics of climate science, how scientists are currently studying climate, the climate of Pennsylvania, and the climate and possible habitability of exoplanets.

Conference Press Release - PDF

News from PAESTA

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.

AGI Accepting Applications for 2017 Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching

American Geosciences Institute

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is accepting applications for the Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching.

Given annually, this award is presented to one teacher of grades K-8 in the United States or Key Stages 1-3 in the United Kingdom each year. The award recognizes leadership and innovation in Earth science education.

Science in the News

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)


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

EARTH Magazine: Harmful Algal Blooms Find New Habitats in Changing Oceans

EARTH Magazine

From AGI, January 19, 2017  --  In April and May 2015, a bloom of toxic algae spanned more than a thousand miles of Pacific coastline, from Santa Barbara, Calif., to British Columbia. Marine organisms were poisoned throughout the food web, disrupting coastal ecosystems and economies for months. Similar events are expected to become more frequent as the oceans and atmosphere adjust to a warming climate.

EARTH Magazine: The First Americans: How and When Were the Americas Populated?

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, January 4, 2017  --  The latest research suggests humans first arrived in the Americas as early as 16,000 years ago, but using which path — along the Pacific coast, through an inland ice-free corridor, or from the East along the Atlantic coast — remains controversial. Archaeologists and geologists are working to try to answer the question of how and when the first Americans arrived. In the January issue of EARTH Magazine, their work is showcased, reexamining the origins of our shared geoheritage in light of new evidence.