Teachers of science should join a newly formed organization for Earth and Space Science teaching in Pennsylvania. In 2011, the Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association (PAESTA) ( http://www.paesta.psu.edu) was created as a state chapter of the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA), as a non-profit educational organization committed to the advancement, extension, improvement and coordination of Earth and space science education across all levels, from K-16 to informal settings. Currently they are building up their resources and professional development opportunities for members. Membership for 2012-2013 and access to all online materials are FREE. PAESTA welcome advocates for Earth and Space science teaching who are interested in growing PAESTA, especially with their online collection of teaching resources. PAESTA is especially interested in looking for curricular materials, photo collections, and videos relating to Pennsylvania geology. The first annual conference will be held this fall at Penn State Brandywine in Media, PA. On the evening of October 12, PAESTA will be showing the documentary Switch: To A Smarter Energy Future. On Saturday, October 13, PAESTA will have a conference with presentations along the themes of Technology, Fieldwork, Connecting Across Disciplines, Professional Development, and Science Updates (Tectonics, Astronomy, Energy). It is their hope that science teachers would consider joining PAESTA and attending the First Annual Conference at Penn State Brandywine. Below are the links to PAESTA’s membership page and Annual Conference information. If you have any questions or would like additional information about PAESTA, please do not hesitate to contact PAESTA at the addresses below: Membership Page: http://www.paesta.psu.edu PAESTA Conference: http://www.paesta.psu.edu/pennsylvania-earth-science-teachers-association-conference PAESTA Conference Registration: http://www.paesta.psu.edu/form/registration-form-paesta-conference
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