Workshop announcements and more!
PAESTA (Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association)

News and Notes
January 2012

Suggested Resource!
SCINEWS from Arizona State Univ. - provides middle and high school teachers timely, pre-packaged lessons on a science current event (such as an oil spill, earthquake, or shuttle launch) that are short (~15 min) and easy to implement. Newest lesson: NASA's MSL Rover 'Curiosity' Launches to Mars (LINK).

Our Diigo List for ESS Images!
We have complied a list of outstanding Earth & Space Science image collections put together by organizations such as NASA, NOAA, EPA, USGS, etc. Feel free to explore our image bookmarks.

Feedback Wanted!
We are updating our PAESTA website with a new format and new features! Is there anything you would like to see added to the site? Please email us at

It was great to see our fellow PAESTA members at our reception at the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association meeting in Hershey! We look forward to continuing to connect with you throughout the year. Starting with...

Workshop Announcements

Several workshop announcements have come across our desks.  We encourage you to review these opportunities for professional development.

Pennsylvania Wind Challenge

Through its Energy to Educate Grant program, Constellation Energy is sponsoring an innovative partnership between the KidWind Project, Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), the Pennsylvania Wind for Schools Program, and Center for Science and the Schools to engage middle and high-school students in wind energy science and technology through teacher workshops and state KidWind Challenges.  This project will host 2 educator workshops, training 60 science teachers and informal educators to successfully integrate wind energy concepts into their lessons and activities. These teachers will impact over 5,000 students around Maryland and Pennsylvania. Up to 300 of these students will go on to compete in one of two hands-on wind turbine design competitions in Baltimore, MD and State College, PA.  For more information, please visit:

BSCA - Energy: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Teachers

This is a field-test opportunity for grade 9-12 science teachers.  Energy concepts are fundamental to all science disciplines, and a basic understanding of energy concepts is essential to thoughtful civic participation on issues of foremost national interest. To help teachers more effectively teach energy-related concepts, BSCS, Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), the National Teacher Enhancement Network (NTEN), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) are developing and researching an online course entitled Energy: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Teachers (EMAT). Funded by NSF, EMAT will be an innovative online, multimedia, professional development course focused on energy-related concepts within a context of the production and use of alternative energy.  For more information, please visit:

Penn State ESSP Summer Workshops
Energy, Astronomy, Plate Tectonics - all week-long summer workshops held at Penn State University Park and Penn State Harrisburg.  Applications are now being accepted, with priority acceptance given to teachers from partner districts.  Please visit for more information.

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