Pennsylvania Geographical Society Teacher Recognition Award

Pennsylvania Geographical Society

The Pennsylvania Geographical Society (PGS) Awards Committee is soliciting nominations and self-nominations for the following 2015 award:

Teacher Recognition Award.  Given to K-12 teachers who are effective at teaching Geography, Earth Science, Environmental Science or other courses such as Social Studies where a significant geographic component is present.  More than one award is given each year, and recipients need not be members of PGS.

Nominations or self-nominations should be sent to: 

Energy Literacy - A Free Classroom Resource

American Geosciences Institute

From AGI, 04/16/2015  --  Free, interdisciplinary, educational materials and videos are now available to foster a more energy literate nation, and to answer important questions like: What is energy? Where does energy come from? How much energy do humans use? The Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education project, available on the Department of Energy website, identifies what makes an energy literate citizen, and highlights seven principles to help guide exploration into energy related learning. 

April 2015 PAESTAR

This month we recognize Michael Baer of Elizabeth Forward Middle School in Elizabeth, PA. Michael was selected for the Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award for the state of Pennsylvania by the Northeast Section of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT). This award is given to precollege teachers who have made exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the earth sciences and who are outstanding teachers.

This landmark was created by Heinz Warneke in 1940, from a 13-ton block of Indiana Limestone.  The Nittany Lion, Penn State's mascot since 19077, was officially recognized when the statue was presented as a gift to the University in 1942 by the class of 1940.  It is located near the Nittany Lion Inn and the Recreation Building ("Rec Hall") at the Penn State University Park campus in State College, PA.

Nittany Lion Shrine

National Environmental Education Week - April 19-25, 2015

EE Week 2015

National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is the nation's largest celebration of environmental education. It is held each spring around the time of Earth Day and inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. This year, EE Week looks at how science can help us better understand the natural world with the theme Surrounded by Science, part of their continuing series on Greening STEM.