More than 300 7th grade students participated in the 2021/22 Desert Data Jam, hosted by the Asombro Institute for Science Education. The Desert Data Jam is a signature program in the Jornada Basin LTER’s K-12 education menu.
Students explore and find patterns in datasets on LTER research themes such as dust emissions, drought, and desert wildlife. They then communicate a data trend they discovered with creative projects such as physical models, games, and artwork. This year’s award-winning projects (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfzpiiKIXds) illustrate students’ tremendous creativity in the Desert Data Jam. They used music, clay models, games, leatherwork, and building blocks to represent data.
Many thanks go to the 20 people who judged this year’s projects, and congratulations to the winners!