Desert Data Jam
The Desert Data Jam is an annual competition hosted by the Asombro Institute for Science Education in partnership with the USDA’s Jornada Experimental Range. It challenges middle school students to find creative ways to present scientific data collected in our region to non-scientist audiences. We encourage students to get creative and find inspiration in their own interests. Past creative projects have included children’s books, songs, videos, physical models, infographics, games, and more.
Asombro educators work with students four times in their classrooms. They are also available throughout the project to answer questions.
Click the tabs above to see last year’s winning projects.
To learn more about the Desert Data Jam and other Data Jams across the country, check out some of the publications on the topic:
“Data Jams” on the LTER Network
“DATA JAMS: Promoting Data Literacy and Science Engagement While Encouraging Creativity” in The Science Teacher
Contact us to learn more.
Dr. Kris Havstad addresses students and parents at the Desert Data Jam open house and award ceremony.
First place project “Shrub Shenanigans”, 2018.
Third place project “Connected 4 Wildlife”, 2022.