What is JASON?

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The JASON Project connects students with scientists and researchers in real- and near-real time, virtually and physically, to provide mentored, authentic and enriching science learning experiences.

JASON and its partners create these connections using multiple platforms and technologies, including award-winning, standards-based classroom curriculum developed with NOAA, NASA, National Geographic Society and others; after-school and out-of-school activities; camp experiences; and exploration programs for museums, aquariums, libraries and community centers. The result is a year-round continuum of classroom and out-of-classroom learning.

Founded in 1989 by Dr. Robert D. Ballard, JASON is a nonprofit organization managed by Sea Research Foundation, Inc. and governed by Sea Research and National Geographic Society.

Sea Research Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, operates Mystic Aquarium, one of the world's largest aquariums; the Institute for Exploration, focused on deep ocean environments and led by Dr. Robert D. Ballard; and Immersion Learning, an after-school distance learning and digital media company. The mission of Sea Research (www.searesearch.org) is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through education, research and exploration.

Learn more by choosing one of our offerings below:

Curriculum

CurriculumAvailable in print and online editions, JASON's core curricula are aligned to national and state science standards and provide activities, lesson plans, extensions, and interdisciplinary connections. Please choose one of our curricula to learn more.


Nautilus Live

Nautilus LiveNautilus Live presents live video and other data 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the ship "E/V Nautilus", which is on expedition in the Black Sea and Aegean Sea starting in June of 2010. Nautilus expedition scientists will map the sea floor, study underwater volcanoes, investigate unusual life forms, explore shipwrecks, and more.
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Immersion Learning

Immersion LearningImmersion Learning is a nonprofit science education organization that brings ocean adventures and discoveries from Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, the University of Rhode Island and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration to kids in classrooms, after-school settings and informal learning arenas.
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Professional Development
Professional DevelopmentJASON's comprehensive professional development program is designed to support the development of highly qualified teachers by increasing their knowledge of core science content and pedagogy, and preparing them to use JASON curriculum in their classrooms. Learn more >

JASON Mission Center
JMCLike NASA's Mission Control Center, the JASON Mission Center is the hub for exploration. It contains all the student and teacher content, communications systems, digital experiences and other resources. Resources include online curriculum, videos, interactive games, classroom management tools, online community and much more. Sign up for an account now, or learn more >

Games and Digital Labs
Games and Digital LabsExciting new computer games place students in real-life situations in which they use actual scientific data to learn complex ideas and relationships. JASON games and digital labs are available when you join the JASON Mission Center. Take a tour of JASON games now! Learn more >

Live Events
Live EventsHost researchers and other scientists join classroom students to discuss "breaking" science news, present relevant topics in depth and help keep the curriculum alive. Through student-submitted questions, and live Web events, classrooms are able to harness the inspiration of JASON researchers in the field. Learn more >

Argonauts
ArgonautsEvery student and teacher who participates in JASON is an "Argonaut," a life-long explorer and learner who sees the world around them through the experience of JASON. National Argonauts venture into the field with JASON host researchers to serve as role-models for local Argonauts around the world. Learn more >

About JASON
About JASONLearn more about The JASON Project's history, partners, philosophy and much more.

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