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Welcome to the Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association (MESTA) website!
** 2015 MESTA Fall Conference - Oct. 9 (Lansing) & Oct. 10 (Okemos High School) **
Join today! If you are not a member of MESTA, please join today! MESTA (founded in 1967) is an organization that targets helping K-12 Michigan educators in the field of Earth and Space Science. MESTA members are eligible for consideration for a number of awards and grants. Additional information covering membership benefits and our dues structure can also be found under the Join MESTA heading. MESTA offers our quarterly journal (The Michigan Earth Scientist) that targets information and resources that teachers can use in the classroom right away. We also provide a monthly e-newsletter (MESTA E-News) that is full of information about upcoming opportunities and events at both the state and national level.
Visit our About MESTA page to find out more about our organization. Links below the banner at the top of the page, as well as in the navigation panel to the left, provide links to MESTA resources and services.
The Bedrock Geology map above (courtesy of Michigan State University) shows some of the natural Earth Science wonders found in our state.
MESTA 2015 Fall Conference
For everyone attending Friday field trips (unless contacted separately):
Directions and a schedule can be picked up at Hartwick Park, just north of Okemos High School (3685 Hulett Road, Okemos, MI 48864). Please arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 am. If arriving on I-96, take the Okemos exit (#114) and go north one block to Jolly Road. Turn left on Jolly Road and go one mile to Hulett Road just before the school which is visible from this corner. If arriving by I-127, take the Jolly Road exit just south of East Lansing. At the top of exit, turn east about one block until the road ends. Turn right and go one block to the light at Jolly Road. Travel east on Jolly about one mile - two lights. Just after you pass Okemos High School, turn left on Hulett Road. Take Hulett Road north just past the high school football field. The entrance is on the left.
People going to the Friday night dinner and/or the Saturday workshops:
Both the Friday night dinner with speaker and the Saturday morning workshops are at Okemos High School (2800 Jolly Road, Okemos, MI 48864). If arriving on I-96, take the Okemos exit (#114) and go north one block to Jolly Road. Turn left on Jolly Road and go one mile to the school. Drive past the front of the building and use the drive along the west side of the building. If arriving by I-127, take the Jolly Road exit just south of East Lansing. At the top of the exit, turn east about one block until the road ends. Turn right and go one block to the light at Jolly Road. Travel east on Jolly, about one mile - two lights. Just after you pass Hagadorn Road, turn left on the drive along the west side of the building. For the dinner park in the lot immediately in front of the building. For Saturday park on the west side of the building near the greenhouse. Enter through door #7 at the end of the wing of the building near the greenhouse. The Friday MESTA dinner activities start at 5:30 PM. Saturday sessions start at 9:00 AM and conclude at 3:50 PM. The MESTA Rock Shop and Free & Inexpensive Shop will be open from 8:00 - 11:00 AM. You can download the Saturday itinerary from the MESTA Conference page found under the Conferences entry in the menu above.
MESTA Evening of Earth Science
MESTA will be offering an Evening of Earth Science October 20 at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. The program will be previewing the upcoming PBS/Nova series - "Making North America". See the Other MESTA Events found under the top menu entry - Conferences for complete details.
Charles A. Salotti Award
MESTA members are eligible for the Charles A. Salotti Earth Science Education Award. For details about this award, check out our "Awards and Grants" page.
Michigan Earth Scientist Journal
The Summer 2015 issue of The Michigan Earth Scientist is now available to download. To access this latest issue, select MESTA Journal (under Publications) from the main menu above. The Journal is now a member-only feature, so you must be logged into the website in order to enjoy this benefit. Selected past issues of our Journal are also available.
MESTA has released a position statement concerning the Next Generation Science Standards. Scroll down this page to read the position statement.
Congratulations to Michele Svoboda (Mill Creek Middle School in Comstock Park) for being named the winner of the MESTA 2014 Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award.
Regardless of whether or not you are a MESTA member, you can follow our organization's Facebook Group page by going to: http://www.facebook.com/groups/MESTA.Rocks/ (click on Join).
If you are looking for a website to help you with your Earth Science lessons, try looking at the Windows to the Universe website at http://www.windows2universe.org/ (or click on W2U on the top menu above).
Thanks to our affiliation with the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA), we now have an updated website that provides features similar to those offered to NESTA members. You will now be able to join MESTA, renew your MESTA membership, and update your MESTA profile electronically within our website. You will also find additional teacher resources that are now available to you.
Current MESTA members - one of the new features offered with our website is the ability to have "member only" pages. In order to access these pages, you will be required to log into the website using a user name and password. For your first time login, use your current email address as you user name, and click on Request a Password. A new password will be emailed to you. Use your email address and the new password to log into the website. You can click on My MESTA and then select "Your account settings and personal information" to change your user name and/or password, if you would like to (your user name does not have to be your email address). NOTE: "Your account settings and personal information" is where you go any time you need to change your personal email address. Best practice will now be for MESTA members to always login when accessing the website.
MESTA members - login to see the full calendar of upcoming events, The Michigan Earth Scientist journal, and our monthly E-News.
Questions/comments/problems? If you would like to ask the MESTA organization a question, pass on any comments to us, or if you experience any problems with this website, please use the Contact Us option located on the top menu above.
To see all the awards and mini-grants that are available to MESTA members, select Awards and Grants from the navigation menu on the left.
Position Statement on the Next Generation Science Standards
The Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association fully supports recent efforts to revitalize K-12 science education with the development of A Framework for K-12 Science Education by the National Research Council and the subsequent development of the Next Generation Science Standards by the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve.
The role and importance of the Earth and Space Sciences has been fully recognized and clarified by the NGSS. There is a need for more students to prepare for careers in these fields. This renewed emphasis on the Earth Sciences as one of the three major sciences will aid in directing more students to consider employment in these fields, where many quality and stable career opportunities currently exist.
The Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association is committed to providing and developing quality professional development opportunities for teachers to successfully and properly implement these standards in their classrooms. Preparation of teachers at all grade levels - elementary through high school - is essential for proper implementation of the NGSS.
Recognizing this, the Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association welcomes the opportunity to reinvent the teaching of the Earth and Space Sciences in Michigan schools. We further offer to partner with the Michigan Science Teachers Association, the Michigan Department of Education, and other interested parties in education, science agencies and private industry to develop quality curriculum and teacher training workshops for this effort.
Help Support MESTA Today!
Please help support MESTA through a donation to MESTA today! MESTA is working to help Earth and Space Science teachers across Michigan by providing access to professional development opportunities and exemplary educational resources through our programs and participation at conferences and through our website. We advocate for Earth and Space Science education here in Michigan and we partner with the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) on national issues.
Contributions to MESTA are tax exempt under MESTA's non-profit IRS designation as a 501(c)(3), however, due to recent changes in tax laws, you should verify this with your tax preparer. Please click on the MESTA Donation Form (PDF file) displayed below, print out and complete the form, and send it to us at MESTA along with your check made out to the Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association. Please send your donation to the following address:
Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association
ATTN: Tiffany Micketti
4160 Bristolwood Drive
Flint, MI 48507