For Peoria Unified School District teacher Jennifer Cheesman, science and space really are the final frontiers. For more than a decade she has been teaching science to Zuni Hills Elementary School students. During that time, she has attended countless summer experiences for educators on top of attending and presenting at local, state and national level science conferences. She said these experiences have allowed her to bring back fresh, new, novel ideas to both her classroom and the community. She struck gold with one such idea — an annual STEM night created six years ago. Nearly 300 students, parents and community members attended the inaugural event. The year prior to the pandemic, more than 800 attended. The event has become a signature event for Zuni Hills and is planned for March, if the pandemic cooperates. “Teaching is about building connections, but sometimes those connections go deeper than what happens in the classroom,” she said.