JASON Learning is an independent 501(c)(3) operated in partnership with National Geographic Society and Sea Research Foundation, Inc. Named for the mythological Greek explorer, JASON is a nationally acclaimed, exploration-based program that links students everywhere – inside the classroom and out – to real science and scientists through technology intensive, inquiry-based curricula.
Unlike traditional textbooks with a 7-10 year shelf-life, all materials are housed in a robust online platform that is easily updated, ensuring that all content is “evergreen” and reflects the latest scientific and technical breakthroughs. Each five-to-nine week unit may be used as core curricula or as enrichment.
Meanwhile, comprehensive professional development for educators increases their knowledge of STEM content and provides instructional strategies for delivering hands-on, interdisciplinary science. At national conferences, and one- or multi-day workshops and seminars, educators use JASON curricula to practice inquiry-based learning, technology integration, and differentiated instruction. JASON also provides educators with free online tools for alignments, assessments, student assignments, lesson plans, and classroom management.
Today JASON reaches 1.5 million students a year, and general audiences of over six million through content distributed by partner organizations such as National Geographic, museums, aquariums, and government agencies. Its programs are used in every U.S. state, and internationally including Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.
Through JASON Learning’s Argonaut Program, students and teachers participate in an international competition to become National Argonauts each year. These individuals work in the field with scientists and see what it’s really like to have a STEM career. Since 1990, JASON has fielded over 450 student Argonauts, many who have gone on to pursue degrees and careers in science. National Argonauts participate in scientific research with peers and scientists, and return to their communities as mentors and role models.
Immersion Learning brings ocean adventures and discoveries to elementary and middle school students in classrooms, after-school settings, and other learning arenas. By exposing students to scientific expeditions through live webcasts, hands-on activities, and interactive multimedia resources, Immersion Learning ignites their interest in discovery and learning. Immersion endeavors to improve the science literacy skills of program participants, as well as their career awareness and job readiness in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.