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Final Conference Announcement
& Meeting Information

Mapping Our Way as Educators: Leaders In and Out of the Classroom


Registration to attend the PAESTA Annual Conference is FREE, but we do need you to complete our online registration form by Friday, September 27.  Please forward this announcement to invite your colleagues at your school and/or in your district. 

Topographic map with Penn State Brandywine (Media, PA), the location of PAESTA's second annual conference (look for the purple buildings above Old Forge Sch to find the campus).

Welcome to the 2nd Annual PAESTA Conference!

The momentum and excitement are building up for a significant step in our continuing promotion of excellence in Earth & Space science teaching in Pennsylvania, the second annual PAESTA conference!  On Friday evening, October 4, and Saturday, October 5, over fifty Earth & Space science educators will gather to share classroom teaching strategies, professional practices, and how to place content in a geospatial context.  With the conference theme of Mapping Our Way as Educators: Leaders In and Out of the Classroom, we have presenters that are "mapping" their way to our conference from Pennsylvania, Maryland and British Columbia, Canada.  Be prepared to be inspired by our sessions detailing innovations in teaching and learning in classrooms across Pennsylvania (and across the continent!).

Friday Evening - Extreme Ice

We kick off our conference at 6PM on Friday evening with a special screening of Extreme IceExtreme Ice shows us how a photographer teamed up with scientists to document the melting of Arctic glaciers.  This movie connects with our conference theme by demonstrating how digital photography can be used to map glacial ice loss.  The movie is available for free online so that you can then share the film with your students.

New to the conference this year is a follow-up session on Saturday, where members of the PAESTA Teacher Advisory Committee will lead a group discussion about the nature and forecast for the future of the cryosphere, and how to use Extreme Ice to engage students with a part of the world that most will never see but which is critical to the homeostasis of Earth temperature and ocean currents

Saturday - Technical Sessions

Registration begins at 8:30AM, with the conference starting promptly at 9AM.  You will receive a copy of the schedule when you arrive Saturday morning, but you can always access the schedule with full session abstracts on our website at the Conference Schedule page.  We hope that if you are attending with a colleague, you will "divide and conquer" which sessions you attend, as there are multiple sessions to choose from throughout the day.

In addition to the eleven technical sessions, the conference will have two keynote sessions.  The morning keynote will be given by David Bauman, Science Education Adviser for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, on "Scientific Thinking in Earth and Space Science."  The afternoon keynote by Scott McDonald and Theresa Lewis-King will focus on "Teacher Leadership: In and Out of the Classroom."  These are sessions you will not want to miss! 

Additional Details

  • Conference attendees may bring laptops/iPads to Saturday's sessions.  To access the internet at Penn State Brandywine, you will need to sign up for access on site.  Internet access codes will be distributed on Friday event and Saturday morning. Please arrive to campus by 5:30PM Friday or 8:30AM Saturday so that internet access can be set up on your device in time for the movie/keynote lecture.  You will need to show your drivers license to receive access.
  • Coffee/tea and food will not be available Friday evening or Saturday morning.  You are certainly welcome to bring food and/or your morning beverage to drink during the movie and sessions.  Vending machines with beverages and snack food are available all day, and a free lunch is being provided on Saturday.
  • Everyone will be asked to complete a conference survey right before the end of the conference.  The survey data is extremely important for PAESTA as we move forward as an organization.  We thank you ahead of time for your thoughtful feedback.

Campus Information

  • Driving directions - Be sure you are set with your directions to Penn State Brandywine, site of the second annual PAESTA conference!
  • Parking - Everyone is asked to park in the large lot along Route 352/Middletown Road (see campus map).  No parking passes or decals are necessary for the day.
  • Location on campus - All sessions (Friday evening and Saturday) will be held in the Tomezsko Classroom Building, which is building #3 on this map (PDF file available for download).

Use this Conference as an Opportunity to Become Involved in PAESTA!

At the conference, you will learn about several opportunities to become involved in the leadership of PAESTA, as well as opportunities to be featured on the website as a Featured Member or PAESTAR and/or to have your curricular innovations highlighted in the PAESTA Classroom.  However you feel you can best contribute to PAESTA, we welcome your time and energy!

Last-Minute Questions?

If any questions arise before the conference, please do not hesitate to contact us via email: or call Laura Guertin at Penn State Brandywine: 610-892-1427 (note that she will not be answering the phone during the conference sessions on Friday evening or Saturday).
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