Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week

It is part of the National Geographic Society’s work to ensure that our nation’s youth are Geo-literate—that they understand how Earth’s interconnected human, ecological, and geophysical systems function, and have the ability to apply that understanding to decision-making and problem solving. Geography Awareness Week takes place the third week of November each year with a different theme.

November 13, 2016

Women in Science Profiles (WiSci files)

Women in Science Profiles

Announcement from WPSU  --  This year (2016), WPSU is producing an exciting project aimed at inspiring young women to enter careers in the captivating fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Women in Science Profiles (WiSci files) will introduce viewers to local women in STEM fields through a series of short video profiles and live, interactive online chats. More information about the project is attached to this post.

Wanted: high school volunteers for Governor’s Youth Council for Hunting, Fishing, and Conservation

From PA DCNR  --  Governor Tom Wolf re-established the Governor’s Youth Council for Hunting, Fishing, and Conservation by Executive Order  2015 – 13 on November 24, 2015, and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) is currently accepting applications from high school students, ages 14 – 18, for 20 volunteer positions on the youth council.

This lightning was captured during a thunderstorm on August 13, 2016. This was the same time that the city of Philadelphia was experiencing its fifth heat wave of the summer.

Lightning storm NE of Reading, August 2016

Bear Run, coursing through the woods of Fayette County. In the background, Pottsville formation rocks (;6) like those used in the exterior of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Fallingwater.

Bear Run

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.