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Junior high school girls from the Sunnyside Unified School District spent part of their summer vacation delving into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at a camp sponsored by the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation.

Applied Career Exploration in STEM (ACES) Camp, Free to Attendees, July 11-15, Designed to Help Students Explore a Variety of Careers and Stimulate Interest in STEM Fields for Higher Education It has been. In a news release, SARSEF organizers also emphasized that women are essential in any career.

At this year’s camp, a total of 40 campers visited STEM centers throughout Tucson for immersive, hands-on tours and activities. The tour included Pima Community College Downtown Campus, University of Arizona, and Sonora Quest Institute.

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Campers also visited the dissection room and were able to examine preserved human organs for educational purposes.

To combine entrepreneurship with STEM activities, students engaged in a ‘Shark Tank’ activity. This activity explored the process of designing, creating, and financing new products made from recycled materials.

ACES camps have been held for over 10 years and have served over 500 participants. Some of them became engineers and scientists. For more information on ACES Camp, please visit

Applying for an Education Award

The Raytheon Leaders in Education Award deadline is September 12th.

This program recognizes and rewards Pima County teachers from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Pima County teachers excel in their classrooms, demonstrate leadership in their schools and communities, and support their peers.

A jury will evaluate the applications, narrow them down to 12 finalists, and eventually select 4 winners.

Each of the four winners will receive a $2,500 cash prize, plus a $2,500 matching gift to each winner’s teacher’s respective school. Each finalist will receive $500.

For Raytheon Leaders in Education Award eligibility requirements and application materials, please visit

the name of the new principal

Casey Robinson was appointed high school principal of Desert Christian Schools, a private school on the east side of Tucson.

Robinson has more than 20 years of experience in education, according to a news release. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of New Orleans and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

Most recently, he served as Director of Admissions at Push Ridge Christian Academy.

“It is an honor and a privilege to educate the next generation,” said Robinson in a Desert Christian School news release. “My hope is to see my students grow in discernment. They will be able to appreciate what they are learning and think critically as they grow up.”

Desert Christian was founded as a high school in 1986 and has since grown to include a second campus for Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Questions or news tips about K-12 education in Southern Arizona? Contact reporter Genesis Lara at