Boat Rides, LEGO Boats to Highlight Pennsylvania Coast Day 2015

From Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, 08/27/2015  --  Over 550 people will enjoy a free boat ride at Pennsylvania Coast Day on Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Penn’s Landing.

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary will give away over 350 tickets for the RiverLink Ferry and 150 tickets for the Patriot. Both tours will be narrated. It is also offering free kayaking and pedal boating in Penn’s Landing Marina. Those who take advantage of both could save up to $40.

EARTH Magazine - Geology for Everyone: Making the Field Accessible

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, 08/24/2015  --  The theme of inclusion in the geosciences is sweeping through the community, and geoscience instructors and field trip leaders are learning how to make accommodations to individuals with different barriers to being in the field. In the September issue, EARTH Magazine reports how in 2014, at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, a couple of researchers put on the first fully accessible field trip, and it was a success!

AGI Reports on U.S. Geoscience Education (K-5, secondary schools)

American Geosciences Institute

From AGI, 08/18/2015  --  The American Geosciences Institute's Center for Geoscience and Society is pleased to release two reports concerning geosciences education in the United States. The reports were developed in response to the need for comprehensive monitoring of the U.S. educational system in terms of the instruction of geoscience content and participation in geoscience-related learning experiences. The reports are based on data pertaining to science education collected from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  

AGI Geoscience Currents #105: Using Parents' Highest Education Level as a Proxy for the Socioeconomic Status of S&E Students

American Geosciences Institute

From AGI, 08/13/2015  --  Concerns have been raised that geoscience programs tend to attract students from middle and upper class families, possibly due to either parents familiarity with the geosciences or because of extra costs for co-curricular activities such as field camp.  In an attempt to begin investigating the socioeconomic status of geoscience students, discussions within AGI's Workforce Program have focuses around using parent's highest education level as a proxy for inferring a student's socioeconimic status.

August 2015 PAESTAR

This month we recognize Christopher Palma, Senior Lecturer of Astronomy, at Penn State University. Chris has been a member of PAESTA since its beginnings and has been the strongest voice for representing the space science mission of our organization. He has been instrumental in helping teachers learn everything about Pluto, from its planetary status to the results of the recent New Horizons mission.

Congratulations, Chris - you clearly are a PAESTAR!