2015 NIST Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers


The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently announced they are accepting applications for a grant program for middle school science teachers. This program underscores the importance of educating our teachers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). President Obama has set a priority of increasing the number of teachers who are proficient in these vital fields.

January 2015 PAESTAR

This month, we recognize Erin Kraal, a geologist and planetary scientist at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, for her interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to instructing students and teachers.

Earth Science Week 2015 Theme Announced: "Visualizing Earth Systems"

Earth Science Week 2015

From AGI  --  The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce that the theme of Earth Science Week 2015 will be "Visualizing Earth
Systems." This year's event will promote awareness of the many ways scientists monitor and represent information about Earth systems including land, water, air, and living things.

Wildwood Park Winter Lecture Series: Keystone Conservationists

The Friends of Wildwood Park is sponsoring a winter lecture series on Pennsylvania conservationists:  Rachel Carson, Gifford Pinchot, Ned Smith,
Maurice Goddard, and the Craigheads. Free admission, and no pre-registration is necessary-- see the events schedule for details and other activities at the Park.

January 6, 2015

News and Notes from PAESTA - January 2015

The January 2015 News and Notes from PAESTA has been sent out. You can view it online via this link.

Citizen science projects present opportunities for students to engage in authentic science projects that have them learn about and engage with their local environment, then share their findings with a larger population.  One example of a citizen science project is the Picture Post project, which uses digital photography for environmental monitoring.  Learn more about this project at the Picture Post website and how you can set up a post at your own school.  You can also check out how students at Penn State Brandywine have brought the Picture Post project to their campus at their website:

The Picture Post citizen science project - a way to engage students

January 2015 podcast from the PAESTA President

PAESTA President Laura Guertin

PAESTA President, Laura Guertin brings us her next installment in her PAESTA President's Podcasting Series.   Be sure to listen to hear Laura's ideas on New Year's Resolutions for teachers!  And please share yours below!

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Pennsylvania Geology - Fall 2014 issue

Pennsylvania Geology

The newest issue of Pennsylvania Geology, the quarterly magazine of the Pennsylvania Geological Survey, can be found at the following link: (link is external).

News and Notes from PAESTA - December 2014

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

December 2014 PAESTAR

This month, we recognize Rebecca Newschaffer, 7th grade math teacher at AMY Northwest Middle School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nominated by one of her peers, “Rebecca has been teaching for over 20 years and she has been teaching in Philadelphia for the last 8 years. She is always interested in teaching integrated math and science units that require the use of real time data. She is especially excited about co-teaching the Weather and Climate unit because there is such a wealth of data that students can organize and make claims about.