NASA looking for middle school girls to help change the world through STEM

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Women@NASA has created five-week virtual mentoring projects for middle school (grades 5-8) female students. Through Skype or Google Chat, girls are mentored by a NASA employee – it could be an engineer, accountant, scientist, or astronaut. For updates and application information, visit:

This image, taken on a rainy day, is the stream bed of Rocky Run, with approximately one foot of the channel anchored with plant roots exposed, at Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA.

Rocky Run, Media, PA

Teaching About Clean Water through Art Contest

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) has once again teamed up with the Philadelphia Water Department for its 14th annual Art Contest.  This year the theme is “Green City, Clean Waters.”  Hundreds of young artists in Philadelphia will be vying for prizes and accolades by creating artwork.  These will show others how to keep the water in our streams (and faucets) clean.  Teachers can win gift cards of $50 for supplies and $100 for their school by participating in the Green City, Clean Waters Art Contest!

March 1, 2013

February 2013 PAESTAR

This month, we recognize Katie Bateman, a 6th-grade science teacher and science curriculum coordinator at the Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School in Philadelphia.  In the words of her nominator: "Katie is a leader, cheerleader, model, and all-around team player at every ESSP/PAESTA workshop or meeting I have attended over the last 18 months.  She listens to other teachers' concerns and always offers valuable feedback, resources, or ideas. I have heard her mention 'becoming' a university level science methods teacher/investigator, and I sometimes feel she is close to doing the job without having the title.  She has taken new ideas, such as Claims/Evidence/Reasoning, back to her home school and successfully shared it with colleagues.  She has been recognized by her school leadership, being made science coordinator.  I keep wondering when I will get to attend a workshop led by Katie."

The "ghost town" that even lost its zip code, Centralia still fascinates Earth scientsits and non-scientists alike with the underground fire that still burns to this day.  At times, plumes of smoke can still be seen coming from the ground.


Turbulence in the Ocean webinars

Below is information about a webinar series produced by COSEE-Ocean Systems that may be of interest to those of you who teach oceanography.

Join us for a "turbulent" webinar series!

New Weekly Three-Part Series - Begins January 23rd @ 7PM ET!

From "white-knuckle" plane flights to the soothing swirl of cream in your coffee, turbulence is an ever-present part of our daily lives.

But how much do you know about it?

Join us as we feature three eminent scientists who study this amazing phenomenon? all from the comfort of your own home or office.

January 2013 PAESTAR

This month, we recognize Kathy Tait, a science teacher at the Julia R. Masterman School in Philadelphia.  For the past several years, Kathy has engaged with several Earth Science teacher workshops and has moved into leading workshops and projects for other teachers.  In 2010, Kathy presented her pedagogical innovations at a regional Geological Society of America conference in Pittsburgh, PA.  Her talk, titled "Dispelling middle school student misconceptions of Grand Canyon formation through hands-on activities", led to her publishing this work in the The Earth Scientist in 2011.  Kathy has continued in teaching curricular innovations to others as the lead organizer of a teacher workshop at the Franklin Institute in Summer 2012.