NSTA Science Films Series “Our Beautiful Planet”


Showcasing Climate Science Research to Spark Curiosity and Increase Student Understanding of How the World Works



Our Beautiful Planet is a series of compelling 5-7 minute science films highlighting the cutting-edge research that climate scientists are doing to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues.
NSTA, The Climate Initiative, and Kikim Media have partnered to launch these films and this collection of classroom-ready lesson plans that highlight the science and engineering practices scientists use to explain the phenomenon of climate change

“A Carbon Free Future”

Electricty is integral to modern society however the ways we’ve been producing it have released heat-trapping gases that have caused Earth’s climate to grow warmer at a rate never before seen in human history.

What can we do about it?
Join Nobel Prize-winning scientist and former Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, as he shows us how we can address our electricity needs with the wide range of technologies which can lead us to a carbon free future.


View the new film and download the discussion guide today!

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Our planet is facing a climate crisis that requires our immediate attention and action. Data, articles, and books are extremely important sources of evidence, but the audiovisual impact of film can be far more moving. Seeing a glacier melting, hearing the cracks and thuds of huge chunks of glacier breaking off, watching a sheet of ice crashing into the water causing sea level to rise can convey the urgency of the issue. Students need to see what is happening to this world from Pakistan to Mississippi. A visual medium is the vehicle for experiencing the global challenges we are facing.

-Kiki Kapany, CEO, KIKIM Media


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PESI Offers ASTA 2022 Annual Conference Scholarships

The 2022 ASTA Annual Conference,

“3D Roadmapping for the Future”

  will be taking place on November 3rd & 4th

      at the Arizona Challenger Space Center

        17835 N 44th St, Phoenix, AZ 85032


PESI is offering *$100 scholarships
to attend the 2022 ASTA Annual Conference
 Take advantage of ASTA’s Early Bird Registration Sale through October 15, 2022!
Send your scholarship request & contact information to

*One scholarship per person.

**Five $100 scholarships will be awarded!


Apply today!

CLICK HERE for ASTA’s Conference Registration page


*If accepted for an ASTA 2022 Conference Scholarship, PESI does require that you register and pay for the conference in advance and forward a copy of your paid registration to pesitucson@gmail.com.

**A final conference review, including how you intend to use information learned at the ASTA Conference in your classroom, is also required.


Collaboration Opportunity with the National Science Foundation for 3-5 AZ Science Teachers

GBH Education, co-producer of PBS LearningMedia is seeking a grade 3-5 AZ science teacher who might collaborate with us on the National Science Foundation proposal described below.  Interested/curious educators can respond to Carolyn_jacobs@wgbh.org who will introduce you to the project lead, Shawn Stevens, Director, STEM Curriculum and Instruction for much more background.  Please respond by August 22nd.  (Feel free to pass this along to your colleagues.)
GBH Education is currently working on an NSF DRK-12 proposal for the project, One Earth for All Peoples, which focuses on creating instructional materials for Grades 3–5 that focus on Earth as a system and the role that people play in that system. 
 To prepare students to understand and deal with complex issues like climate change and its impacts, it should be beneficial to start kids building proficiency considering complex systems in the elementary grades. We’d like to develop project-based learning (PBL) units to engage students in socio-ecological phenomena in the Earth system that are relevant to their lives and address the impacts that various factors have on local environments and communities. The resources will address NGSS performance expectations and Geography standards related to the interactions between people and the physical environment. We will investigate how students’ ideas about the Earth as a system, and their role in it, develop during the Grade 3–5 level.