July 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.  The Table of Contents is listed below for the July 2014 issue.


PA Outdoor Recreation Workshop Opportunities - Summer 2014

PA State Parks

Through a partnership with PA State Parks, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), there will be a series of workshops to help you teach outdoors skills in your classroom. The first series of workshops in the Outdoor Recreation for Schools Program is scheduled for August 6-7, 2014 on the Pennsylvania State University campus in State College, PA.

Free Radon Kits from PA-DEP and ALA

PA Department of Environmental Protection

From David Bauman  --  The American Lung Association in conjunction with the PA Department of Environmental Protection are offering radon kits to teachers who are teaching in upper elementary, middle school, and high schools. The primary focus is on the following 13 counties: Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, and Warren Counties. Requests from other parts of Pennsylvania will be considered. Information is in the RADON KIT folder of the SAS Portal - Digital Repository.

Webcast on Earth Science Contests Now Available from AGI

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Alexandria, VA - Go online today to view a new webcast detailing three new contests that are being conducted as part of Earth Science Week, the annual worldwide celebration of the geosciences! Find the "Contests of Earth Science Week 2014" webcast online now for viewing at your convenience.

News and Notes from PAESTA - July 2014

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

July 2014 PAESTAR

This month, we recognize Valerie Adams, a sixth-grade teacher at John H. Taggart School in Philadelphia, PA. Valerie has used hands-on collaboration as an effective classroom strategy for her students to share their perspective on Earth science topics without the fear of criticism or being misunderstood.  For her female students that still had a fear of sharing their ideas, Valerie started a Girl Power STEM group during the lunch period.  She found the girls excited with the focused investigations and able to share their knowledge and understanding through Girl Power.

A Welcome Podcast from the new PAESTA President!

Our newest PAESTA President, Laura Guertin, has recorded a welcome podcast!  Be sure to listen to learn more about Laura and to hear some PAESTA news and announcements.

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Signs of recovery on a once-defoliated mountainside in Palmerton, Carbon County, near the site of the New Jersey Zinc operation.  For more information, visit the EPA's Palmerton Zinc website.

Rehabilitating Mountainside in Palmerton