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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 will extend students’ thinking about their place in the world and universe. The students will observe patterns in the sky, use mathematics to construct scaled models of the solar system, use an inflatable planetarium to observe Earth’s place in our solar system, use telescopes to observe the night sky and participate in a field-based experience which will integrate language arts and social studies to tell students’ stories as they are connected to their community and local culture. The culminating activity may include a second field-based experience to a local research center, Biosphere 2, where students will further study the solar system and galaxy and participate in learning about space exploration. 

Interesting Facts: Jaime is a former Ranger-teacher with Saguaro National Park. Jaime loves the outdoors and previously ran her school’s hiking club. She 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.”