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!

July 2015 Edition of the Pennsylvania Observer (PA weather/climate information)

The Pennsylvania State Climatologist

From The Pennsylvania Climate Office Staff  --  The July 2015 edition of the "Pennsylvania Observer" is attached.  Features include a summary of July's weather, the experimental forecast for August and September, and one highlight. The highlight shows the relationship between extreme warmth in the Pacific Northwest and the following September-November temperature and precipitation anomalies across the United States. Look for the next newsletter at the start of September.

2015 Green Apple Day of Service (GADOS)

Green Apple Day of Service 2015

Announcement from 2015 Green Apple Day of Service  --  I’m reaching out to you on behalf of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) in regards to 2015 Green Apple Day of Service (GADOS). If you’re not familiar with GADOS, it’s a worldwide day of service taking place on or around Saturday, September 26th that aims to engage students, teachers, companies, and communities in order to transform schools into healthy, safe and productive environments.

PAESTA Podcast Series: Episode 4 - What is a Watershed?

You Asked, We Answered!

Transcript for the podcast

We all live in a watershed – think of it as your ecological address, and no matter where you are on land, any water that falls in that same location has a drainage destination determined by elevation and landforms. A watershed is an area of land where the surface water (including lakes, streams, reservoirs, and wetlands) and the underlying groundwater flows from a higher to lower elevation. Streams and rainfall within a watershed will typically drain to a common outlet, such as the outflow of a reservoir, mouth of a bay, or any point along a stream channel. The word watershed is sometimes used interchangeably with drainage basin or catchment.

Protect Your Groundwater Day on September 8, 2015

National Ground Water Association

The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) celebrates Protect Your Groundwater Day on September 8, 2015, promoting water conservation and contamination prevention as ways to protect groundwater resources.

"Every person can do something to protect local groundwater, from not polluting it to using water wisely," says NGWA Public Awareness Director Cliff Treyens. "The good news is that for most people all it takes is a small adjustment in their daily habits."

PAESTA Podcast Series: Episode 3 - How do Scientists Measure Rainfall?

You Asked, We Answered!

Transcript for the podcast

Many schools will have a rain gauge installed, where students can measure and record the amount of rain that falls each day. But scientists do not measure precipitation on the ground – they measure precipitation from space, using a combination of active and passive remote-sensing techniques, improving the spatial and temporal coverage of precipitation observations on a global scale.  You see, reliable ground-based precipitation measurements are difficult to obtain because most of the world is covered by water, and many countries do not have precise rain measuring equipment (such as rain gauges and radar). Precipitation is also difficult to measure because precipitation systems can be somewhat random and can evolve very rapidly. During a storm, precipitation amounts can vary greatly over a very small area and over a short time span.

PolarTREC NOW accepting applications until 09/08/15; real-world polar research experience


Applicaiton deadline: September 8, 2015

PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is a program in which K-12 teachers spend 3-6 weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the polar regions. The goal of PolarTREC is to invigorate polar science education and understanding by bringing K-12 educators and polar researchers together. By fostering the integration of research and education, PolarTREC will continue the momentum established during the International Polar Year (IPY) by addressing the following program objectives: