June 2015 PAESTAR

This month we recognize Jason Andre, Earth science teacher at Garnet Valley High School in Glen Mills, PA. Jason has been teaching at Garnet Valley for twelve years, with a passion for teaching natural hazards and disasters. We recognize Jason for his enthusiasm and early contributions to the PAESTA Advocacy Committee. Jason's innovative ideas and passion for wanting to make citizens of Pennsylvania understand the importance of the Earth will surely make a difference for us all!

The city of Philadelphia has just joined the bike share movement. Indego, sponsored by Independence Blue Cross, features 60+ stations located across Philadelphia in Center City and parts of North, South, and West Philadelphia.

Bike share program comes to Philadelphia

May 2015 PAESTAR

This month we recognize Isabel Pilling, science teacher at AMY James Martin in Philadelphia, for her work as a Board Member for the GreenTreks Network.  GreenTreks is a non-profit video production and educational organization that highlights environmental solutions to inspire actions within the Philadelphia community and beyond.  Isabel has been a math and science teacher to students in grades 6 to 10 for over 15 years in the School District of Philadelphia, inspiring audiences young and old to get involved and make a difference.

This photo was taken during a program offered by the Tiadaghton State Forest staff, titled "Marcellus Shale and Natural Gas Development on Pennsylvania State Forest Lands."  The program was part of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers Eastern Section Conference.  This is one of several freshwater retention ponds that holds millions of gallons of water in the Tiadaghton State Forest.  The bottom of the pond is lined with a material containing sensors that send an alert signal if a tear develops somewhere in the lining.  Visit the PA DCNR website to learn more about Natural Gas Development and State Forests.

Freshwater impoundment in Tiadaghton State Forest