Why MESTA?

These are dynamic times to be living on planet Earth, and dynamic times to be teaching about our planet Earth. In the past few decades, the Earth Sciences have grown from infancy to the most dynamic and socially-relevant field of science. Recent events —earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, nor’easters, mudslides, volcanic eruptions, water supply problems, and much more — demonstrate the necessity to understand Earth Science in order to create an informed citizenry capable of making good decisions when disasters strike. For Earth Science educators, this requires the ability to remain current with the changes in the Earth Sciences as a field of study.

Since 1967, the Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association has served our membership with the purpose to "…advance, stimulate, extend, improve, and coordinate Earth Science education at all educational levels through the voluntary and donated efforts of MESTA members." To achieve this vision and facilitate this mission, our members receive many benefits such as our quarterly journal, The Michigan Earth Scientist; our monthly email newsletter, MESTA E-News; occasional listserver electronic updates about resources and opportunities; Share-a-thons and Rock Raffles at the annual MESTA convention in addition to some local conventions; and occasional field trips to geologically interesting locations around Michigan. MESTA collaborates with the National Earth Science Teachers Association to help advance geoscience education and literacy. As the leading Michigan organization representing K-12 Earth and Space Science teachers, membership in MESTA is a must to teachers seeking to promote geoscience education. If you are not already a member of MESTA, join MESTA today!.


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