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

Pennsylvania Geology - Summer 2014 issue

Pennsylvania Geology

***See the article on PAESTA in this issue on p. 11-12***

The Summer 2014 issue of Pennsylvania Geology, the quarterly magazine of the Pennsylvania Geological Survey, can be found at the following link: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_20029761.pdf.

PAESTA Classroom example now on Science Friday website

Science Friday

We've got some exciting news to share! PAESTA has been working with Science Friday (link is external) to connect our PAESTA Classroom content with the Education portion of their website.

August 2014 Earth Science Week Update eNewsletter

Earth Science Week 2014

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) publishes a monthly eNewsletter titled The Earth Science Week Update (link is external).  The Table of Contents is listed below for the August 2014 issue (link is external).


Elementary News and Notes from PAESTA - August 2014

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

Citizen Science the Focus of New Earth Science Week Site

Earth Science Week 2014

From AGI Public Relations  --  Science teachers and students can go online today to use a new educational resource of the Earth Science Week website, the "Be a Citizen Scientist" page, which features information and links for recommended "citizen science" programs focusing on Earth science.

Citizen science initiatives invite ordinary citizens to participate in scientific research by making observations and contributing to large data sets.

Geoscience Currents #91: 2013 Median Salaries for Geoscientists

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From AGI Geoscience Workforce  --  The median annual salaries for geoscience-related occupations in the United States generally continued to increase according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average median annual salary for geoscience-related occupations in 2013 was $83,311. For more information about median salaries in the geosciences, please check out Currents #91.

DCNR- Bureau of State Parks Watershed Education Teacher Workshop, Schuylkill Center - October 16, 2014


Watershed Education Teacher Workshop

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Location: Schuylkill Center for  Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: Free
Act 48: 7.5 hours + 2 hours coursework

Open to Educators teaching Grades 6-12  --  PDE Approved  --  Receive DCNR’s Watershed Education Teacher Manual, additional materials & post-workshop technical support

Science in the News

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 6.0 San Francisco Bay Area, 08/24/14


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 earthquake (M6.0), when early Sunday morning, the Bay Area was awakened by the biggest earthquake the region has experienced since the Loma Prieta earthquake nearly 25 years ago.  The earthquake was centered 6 miles (10 km) south of the city of Napa, which is located about 50 miles northeast of San Francisco.

NASA's Space Place in a SNAP! - Tectonic Forces

NASA Space Place in a SNAP!

NASA's Space Place in a SNAP! is a series of quick, narrated tours of animated infographics that illustrate key science concepts. Not only are they fun and entertaining on their own, they also come with a downloadable poster and a transcript of the video, making for a cross-disciplinary learning experience. There was once a time when you could take a stroll from North or South America to Africa no problem. There was no ocean to get in the way, because all of Earth’s continents were stuck together in one massive supercontinent called Pangea. How is this possible?

Listen Current: Water Wars

Listen Current

The website that teaches students to listen with the power of public radio, Listen Current (link is external) has featured two current events stories about water. The stories explore the ways in which water is controlled by the government and affected by instability. Access the audio files and lesson plans at the Listen Current website (you can register for a free account to access all teaching materials).

NASA's Space Place in a Snap! - GPS and the Quest for Pizza

NASA's Space Place in a Snap!

NASA's Space Place in a SNAP! is a series of quick, narrated tours of animated infographics that illustrate key science concepts. Not only are they fun and entertaining on their own, they also come with a downloadable poster and a transcript of the video, making for a cross-disciplinary learning experience.

EARTH: La Brea climate Adaptation as Different as Cats and Dogs

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine  --  The La Brea tar pits in downtown Los Angeles are a famous predator trap. For every herbivore, a dozen or more carnivores - saber-toothed cats and dire wolves chief among them - are pulled from the prolific Pleistocene fossil site. In fact, the remains of more than 4,000 dire wolves have been excavated, along with more than 2,000 saber-toothed cats. The sheer number of fossils allows researchers to ask population-level questions about the climate and environment as well as how these animals evolved.

NASA's Space Place: Droughts, Floods and the Earth's Gravity, by the GRACE of NASA

NASA's Space Place

By Dr. Ethan Siegel  --  When you think about gravitation here on Earth, you very likely think about how constant it is, at 9.8 m/s2 (32 ft/s2). Only, that's not quite right. Depending on how thick the Earth's crust is, whether you're slightly closer to or farther from the Earth's center, or what the density of the material beneath you is, you'll experience slight variations in Earth's gravity as large as 0.2%, something you'd need to account for if you were a pendulum-clock-maker.

EARTH: Are slow-slip earthquakes under Tokyo stressing faults?

From EARTH Magazine  --  Tokyo, a city of more than 13 million people, has been devastated by earthquakes in the past and likely will be again. But when? And what role do ongoing slow-slip earthquakes - the kind that generally can't be felt at the surface - play in relieving or building up stress?

Solar power to go!

NSF Science Nation

From NSF Science Nation  --  Concentrated solar energy converts CO2 and H2O into solar-powered fuel