Earth Science Week 2014 Essay Contest

Earth Science Week 2014

"Earth System Science in Today's World"

For students in grades 6-9
Deadline: October 17, 2014

Earth Science Week 2014 Visual Arts Contest

Earth Science Week 2014

"Earth's Connected Systems and Me"

For students in grades K-5
Deadline: Friday, October 17, 2014

This photo was taken in Cumberland Cemetery in Lima, PA.  This tombstone serves as an excellent example of a source for interdisciplinary studies for students.  Students studying Earth science can examine the rock type of the tombstone.  Biology/Life Science students can look at the dates of birth and death to examine human lifespan and longevity.  History students can look at the symbols and their meaning - in this case, the ship and date 1620 means that one of the people buried at this site is a descendent from someone that came over on the Mayflower.  Search the PAESTA Classroom for an exercise relating to a tombstone investigation with students.


A Tombstone for Interdisciplinary Study

Earth Science Week 2014 Photography Contest

Earth Science Week

AGI is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. The photography theme for this year is: "Connections in My Community."  Earth science is the study of the geosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), and biosphere (living things). These spheres — or Earth systems — are continually affecting and influencing one another all around us.

Status of Geoscience Workforce 2014

Status of Geoscience Workforce 2014

From the American Geosciences Institute  --  The American Geosciences Institute's newest Status of the Geoscience Workforce Report, has just been published. The report shows jobs requiring training in the geosciences continue to be lucrative and qualified individuals in demand. Even with increased enrollment and graduation from geoscience programs, federal government projections still predict a shortage of around 135,000 geoscientists by the end of the decade.

National Fossil Day Art and Photography Contest 2014

Submit your National Fossil Day artwork or photograph to the 2014 contest. (Sketch by Tom Conant for NPS.)

The National Park Service is excited to announce this year's National Fossil Day (NFD) Art and Photography Contest. The theme for the contest this year is Fossil Neighborhoods. Imagine you could travel back in time with any fossil, and have it show you around its neighborhood. What might that have looked like? What other ancient organisms did it live with? Use your knowledge of the fossil you choose to reconstruct the ancient ecosystem – its home – in which it thrived.

Two New Resource Guides for Those Who Teach or Explain Astronomy

Unheard Voices,” a set of resource guides about the astronomy of many cultures and about the contributions of women to astronomy, is now available on the Multiverse web site at:

GeoCorps Positions Now Available for Fall/Winter 2014-2015

GeoCorps America

Interested in doing geoscience in some of America’s most beautiful public lands? The Geological Society of America (GSA) has posted 20 new GeoCorps America positions for fall/winter 2014-2015 on the GeoCorps website. Applications can be submitted online from now through July 1, 2014 (noon, MST).

May 2014 PAESTAR

This month, we recognize John Trey Smith III, a high school science teacher from Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School in Philadelphia, PA, for being selected for the 2014-2015 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. Beginning in September, Trey and thirteen additional selected educators will serve an 11-month fellowship in Washington, D.C., at sponsoring agencies.

If you viewed the 3-part PBS series on Your Inner Fish, then you have already been introduced to the tetrapod that captures the transition of life moving from water on to land.  This fossil specimen, classified as the Tiktaalik roseae, is temporarily housed at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.  To learn more about the Tiktaalik roseae, visit our online collection of resources relating to the book and mini-series. 

Tiktaalik roseae, from Your Inner Fish