UA iSTEM Program

UA iSTEM Program

We welcomed a group of 3rd – 8th grade Pascua Yaqui students to the Sky School for a one-day exploration of the mountaintop. Each of the youth attended with a mentor as part of the UA iSTEM collaboration with Lawrence Intermediate School and Hohokam Middle School (see more about the program here).

Starting at Windy Point, the students got to see the change to pine forests as we travelled up to the Sky Center campus.  Many of the students, as well as accompanying family members, had never been to the top of Mt. Lemmon before, so the cool, crisp air and beautiful scenery was indeed a treat!

iSTEM photo

Participants got to know the mountaintop better through games like predator-prey, observations of various flora and fauna, and sense of place activities such as meeting a tree or plant.  As a special bonus, students got to do some daytime observing of the sun and learn how one of our research telescopes works.  The trip was short and sweet, but very memorable.

We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.