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Jaime Camero

Exploring the universe by using classroom-based learning combining field experiences and local culture

2021 STEM Scholar
Tucson, AZ Walter Douglas Elementary School

Jaime’s Big Idea:  

Jaime’s project extended students’ thinking about their place in the world and universe. Students observed patterns in the sky, used mathematics to construct scaled models of the solar system, used an inflatable planetarium to observe Earth’s place in our solar system, used telescopes to observe the night sky, and participated in a field-based experience integrating language arts and social studies to tell student stories, as they were connected to their community and local culture. The culminating activity included a second field-based experience at a local research center, Biosphere 2, where students further studied the solar system and galaxy and participated in learning about space exploration.  

Interesting Facts:

Jaime is a former Ranger-teacher with Saguaro National Park. She loves the outdoors and previously ran her school’s hiking club. Jaime is currently a District Science Coach and runs her school’s science fair.

In her own words: “I want students to have a sense of place in their world through understanding that the sky they see everyday is not the same sky that everyone in the world sees, yet we are all connected through our use of it.”