Welcome to the Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association

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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.


Earth Science Week

October 9-16, 2016. This year's theme "Our Shared Geoheritage"

Earth Science Week

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Kathy Tait and Judy Treichler

Award for Teaching Excellence - 2015

For her sustained professional and personal dedication to her students, her peers, and the Earth and space science teaching profession as a whole, the Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association congratulates Judy Treichler as our 2015 Teaching Excellence Award recipient. Congratulations, Judy

News from PAESTA

Exploring Earth and Space coloring book

AGU Coloring Book

Written with an attempt to keep ideas simple, this illustrated book gives kids a quick and fun introduction to the Earth and space sciences, emphasizing that geophysicists study and observe things they see now to understand what might have happened in the past and predict what may happen in the future. There is a glossary of terms and a listing of how each coloring page ties in to the Disciplinary Core Ideas of the Next Generation Science Standards.

World Space Week 2016

World Space Week

Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate the United Nations-declared World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2016. This international event commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957.

World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with celebrations in more than 70 nations. During World Space Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities to excite students about science and technology.

Opportunities at the Independence Seaport Museum

Independence Seaport Museum

A message from our friends at the Independence Seaport Museum  --  At Independence Seaport Museum, water is the unifying thread, bridging the Museum’s National Historic Landmark ships with exhibitions and programs that let visitors discover the science, history and culture of our waterways. Featuring such popular educational programming as Deep Sea Science, Sound Under the Sea, Ecological Stowaways, and Ecology of the Delaware, a field trip to Independence Seaport Museum is perfect for all ages!

Science in the News

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.1 North of Ascension Island

IRIS

August 29, 2016  --  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 7.1 earthquake that has occurred 975 km (605 miles) northwest of Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean at a depth of 10 km (6 miles).  There are no reports of damage or injuries, and no tsunami warnings issued..

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/4211

Listenwise: Solar Powered Plane Makes Historic Around the World Trip

Listenwise

From Listenwise, August 24, 2016  --  For the first time in history, two pilots flew the Solar Impulse 2, a solar powered plane, around the world without using any fuel. This technology will have to be developed more before the public will be able to fly in them. Nevertheless, this flight symbolized the innovative progress made by aviators and energy conservationists. Listen to the story to hear more about the flight from pilot, Bertrand Piccard.

EARTH Magazine: Redefining Homo - Does Our Family Tree Need More Branches?

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, August 23, 2016  --  Human evolution and paleoanthropology are tricky subjects, not just because of the rarity of these fossils, but also because human nature seems to be getting in the way of modern taxonomy. In a field that is generally governed by logical rules when it comes to identifying new fossils, scientists are noticed there are some peculiarities applied to our own genus, Homo. 

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 6.2 Italy

IRIS

August 24, 2016  --  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 6.2 earthquake that occurred in a mountainous region in Italy at a depth of 6–10 km. Early reports indicate that 120 people have been killed and many more are trapped under debris.

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/4208

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.4 South Georgia Island Region

IRIS

August 19, 2016  --  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 7.4 earthquake occurred in the South Georgia Island Region.  South Georgia Island is a British territory in the South Atlantic Ocean that lies about 800 miles east of the Falkland Islands.  It is a remote and inhospitable island.. 

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/4206

Press release for students - Fire clues in cave dripwater

Planet Press

From EGU, July 21, 2016  --  Researchers in Australia and the UK have found that stalagmites and stalactites can be used to help trace past wildfires that burned above the cave. Fires change the chemistry of the water above ground, and these subtle changes leave traces in the stalactites and stalagmites that form when the water drips in the caves underground.

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.2 New Caledonia

IRIS

August 12, 2016  --  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 major earthquake that struck in the southwest Pacific Ocean 515.8 km (320.5 mi) southeast of Vanuatu. There were no reports of damage and no threat of a tsunami.

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/4204