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

Elementary News and Notes from PAESTA - November 2014

The November 2014 Elementary News and Notes from PAESTA has been sent out. You can view it online via this link.

2015 Captain Planet Foundation Grant

Captain Planet Foundation

Grant deadline: January 31, 2015

The Captain Planet Foundation issued a call for applications for their small grant program to fund hands-on environmental projects that encourage youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their communities. 501(c)(3)nonprofit organizations, including schools, are encouraged to apply by January 31, 2015 with applications that are project-based, youth-driven, and have real environmental outcomes. 

November 2014 Earth Science Week Update eNewsletter

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The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) publishes a monthly eNewsletter titled The Earth Science Week Update.  The Table of Contents is listed below for the Vol. 12, No. 11, November 2014 issue.


AGI Accepting Applications for 2015 Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching

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Deadline: January 10, 2015

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is accepting applications for the Edward C. Roy Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching. Given annually, this award is presented to one full-time K-8 teacher in the U.S. or U.K. whose excellence and innovation in the classroom elevates students' understanding of the Earth and its many processes.

Keystone Wild! Notes Newsletter, Fall 2014

Keystone Wild! Notes Newsletter

From PA's DCRN Wild Resource Conservation Program  --  The Fall 2014 issue of Keystone Wild!Notes is now available. This month's issue defines what an "endemic" is and determines if Pennsylvania has any; meets new editor and DCNR Bureau of Forestry Ecological Services Section Chief Rebecca Bowen; zooms in on isotopes; examines Pennsylvania's carnvorous plants; sizees up recent red spruce restoration efforts; and much more.

NASA ASME Future Engineers 3D Printing in Space Challenge


In the upcoming weeks NASA will be printing the first ever 3D printed object aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the 3D Print in Zero-G Technology Demonstration. In general, a 3D printer extrudes streams of heated plastic, metal or other material, building layer on layer to create 3 dimensional objects.

News and Notes from PAESTA - November 2014

The November 2014 News and Notes from PAESTA has been sent out. You can view it online via this link.

NOAA Ocean Exploration Webinar for Educators – Submarine Ring of Fire 2014: Ironman


NOAA Ocean Exploration Webinar for Educators – Submarine Ring of Fire 2014: Ironman
Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Science in the News

Science Nation: Sea Spray: Complex chemistry with big effects on climate

NSF Science Nation

From NSF Science Nation  --  From ocean microbes to clouds and climate--it all comes down to microscopic particles at the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment.

EARTH: How Much Natural Hazard Mitigation Is Enough?

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine  --  Hurricane Sandy struck the U.S. East Coast in October 2012, leaving about $65 billion of damage in its wake and raising the question of how to mitigate the damage from future storms. It's a question that arises in the wake of most natural disasters: What steps can society take to protect itself from storms, floods, landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis or volcanic eruptions? But the question itself illustrates the complexity of preparing for natural disasters.

Science Nation: Researchers crack the ice to study the Arctic marine food web

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From NSF Science Nation  --  Local climatic changes impact algae living inside the sea ice, which may drastically affect near shore Arctic marine food webs

Listen Current: Comet Landing

Listen Current

11/16/2014 - This week the European Space Agency landed a probe on a comet 300 million miles from Earth. The probe will give scientists an opportunity to better understand comets and their role in providing the foundations for life. This story will give your students a totally new image of comets!

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.1 Molucca Sea, 11/15/14


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 occurred 150 kilometers (93 miles) off the coast of Ternate, Indonesia.  The 35 kilometer deep (21.7 miles) earthquake struck at 10:31 a.m. local time.

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/3047

NASA's Space Place: Where the Heavenliest of Showers Come From

NASA's Space Place

By Dr. Ethan Siegel  --  You might think that, so long as Earth can successfully dodge the paths of rogue asteroids and comets that hurtle our way, it's going to be smooth, unimpeded sailing in our annual orbit around the sun. But the meteor showers that illuminate the night sky periodically throughout the year not only put on spectacular shows for us, they're direct evidence that interplanetary space isn't so empty after all!

EARTH: Solar Storms Cause Spike in Insurance Claims

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine  --  On March 13, 1989, a geomagnetic storm spawned by a solar outburst struck Earth, triggering instabilities in the electric-power grid that serves much of eastern Canada and the U.S. The storm led to blackouts for more than 6 million customers and caused tens of millions of dollars in damages and economic losses. More than 25 years later, the possibility of another such catastrophe still looms, and the day-to-day effects of space weather on electrical systems remain difficult to quantify.

EARTH: Tiny Ants Are Heroic Weathering Agents

EARTH Magazine

From Earth Magazine  --  Earth's abundant silicate minerals are degraded over time by exposure to water, chemical dissolution, and physical and chemical weathering by tree roots and even insects such as ants and termites. Such weathering plays a significant role in decreasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as carbon dioxide is consumed in chemical weathering reactions and the resultant carbonate becomes sequestered in the form of limestone and dolomite.