High School Students and Teachers Invited to Participate in Unique NSF-Funded Research Experiences

Did you know that the National Science Foundation (NSF) funds startups and small businesses to perform economically and socially impactful, cutting-edge research and technology translation? NSF is currently seeking high school students, undergraduates, K-12 teachers and community college instructors interested in participating in both summer and year-long research opportunities with small businesses and startups.

New Earthquake Animations from IRIS

IRIS has shared some of new animations for the 50th anniversary of the magnitude 9.2 Great Alaska Earthquake of March 27, 1964. They offer a set of three animations made in collaboration with the U.S.Geological Survey and the Alaska Earthquake Center.

Polar Day at Penn State

Polar Day at Penn State

Felicity Aston, polar explorer, to speak at Polar Day on 19 April 2014

Only three people in the world have crossed Antarctica alone, and only one was a woman. Author and explorer Felicity Aston, the first woman to cross Antarctica alone, will speak at Penn State during Polar Day 2014.

Penn State University’s Polar Day, a free public event celebrating the natural and cultural value of the Polar Regions. Polar Day will be held at Penn State University Park in the HUB Freeman Auditorium on Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

April 19, 2014

NASA's Space Place in a Snap! - Black Holes

NASA's Space Place in a SNAP! is a series of quick, narrated tours of animated infographics that illustrate key science concepts. Not only are they fun and entertaining on their own, they also come with a downloadable poster and a transcript of the video, making for a cross-disciplinary learning experience. The latest topic—black holes! Find out what they are today at .


Celebrate Earth Day with NBC Learn's Changing Planet and Sustainability: Water

From NBC Learn  --  In preparation for Earth Day on April 22, explore NBC Learn’s Original Collections Changing Planet and Sustainability: Water. These earth science series, produced in partnership with the National Science Foundation, cover headline issues from the future of California’s water supply to how butterflies are adapting to warmer temperatures. Use these videos to engage and involve your students in the environmental issues in the news today.

News and Notes from PAESTA - April 2014

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

April 2014 PAESTAR

This month, we recognize Blake Colaianne of Dallastown Area High School in Dallastown, PA, for his commitment to professional development and for sharing his classroom pedagogical innovations in Earth and space science.  Blake is the 2012 William B. McIlwaine Science Teaching Award winner from the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association and an author on two peer-reviewed journal articles, including one manuscript in the Journal of Geoscience Education.

The Pennsylvania Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation has over 150 nurseries that are working to restore the American Chestnut tree to the forests and woodlands of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic states.  The American Chestnut was once the dominant tree in our forests before it was erradicated by a fungus.  In fact, many Pennsylvania forests consisted of 25% American Chestnut.  The PA-TACF has its headquarters in State College, PA, and is working to develop a blight-resistant American chestnut tree via scientific research and breeding, and looks to restore the tree to its native forests along the eastern United States.  Pictured here is one of the three nurseries on the Penn State University Park campus.


American Chestnut Foundation Nursery

Earth Science Week

Earth Science Week Logo

Each day of Earth Science Week will also be one of the following celebrations: 

  • International EarthCache Day (October 12)
  • Earth Science Literacy Day (October 13)
  • No Child Left Inside Day (October 14)
  • National Fossil Day (October 15)
  • Geoscience for Everyone Day (October 16)
  • Geologic Map Day (October 17)
October 12, 2014

Earth Science Resources In Spanish and English

From AGI  --  If you are looking for Earth science education resources in both Spanish and English, look no further than the SEED Earth Science Week Online Toolkit.

The web site - a partnership of Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED) and AGI - has been created to provide educational materials, activities, and other resources for Spanish-speaking students and teachers, as well as English speakers, in U.S. and SEED schools around the world. The resources featured on the site have been developed by SEED, AGI, and other geoscience organizations.