JASON Learning

Science education for the 21st century! Connecting kids to real explorers and real science to motivate interest in STEM fields.

We are a non-profit organization that connects students, in the classroom and out, to real science and exploration to inspire and motivate them to study and pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

We embed exciting STEM professionals and cutting-edge research into award-winning, standards-aligned in and out-of-school curricula. Live webcasts connect students with inspirational STEM role models. Student materials include reading selections with read-to-me functionality, inquiry-based labs, videos, and online games. For teachers and informal educators, we provide lesson plans, assessments, and comprehensive professional development programs.

Mission: The JASON Project inspires and educates kids everywhere through real science and exploration.


JASON Learning | JASON’s National Educators’ Conference

Get ready for this year's National Educators' Conference, now in TWO locations!

March 28-30 in Houston, TX
July 9-11 in Leesburg, VA

Find out more information and register online: https://www.jason.org/national-educators-conference

jason.org The JASON National Educators’ Conference is an annual culmination of accomplishments, an opportunity for JASON to share exciting new projects with you, and for the members of our JASON community to spend valuable time together. Join an unparalleled community of peers of educators, science mentors,...

Today is the day! Live at 1pm with Harvard Neurobiology Microscopist Michelle Ocana! Tissue clearing, groundbreaking tech, array tomography - OH, MY!! Her lab and her work is BANANAS - cutting edge & mind-blowing! Tune in - don’t miss it! jason.org/michelle-ocana

Her Harvard lab is unbelievably cool - Lasers! Brain cells! Gene Mapping! “Teaching" DNA to make changes that can heal! Join in for our last event of the year - Michelle Ocana! Go ahead & SHARE - this is going to amaze you! Thursday at 1pm : www.jason.org/michelle-ocana

Cutting edge science from Harvard - LIVE Thursday! Michelle Ocana is Managing Director of Harvard Medical School Neurobiology Imaging Facility, using imaging tech & techniques (LASERS!) for a broad range of scientific research to help visualize experiments. This is a very special addition as our last event of the year, so please help spread the word - Please Share! https://www.jason.org/michelle-ocana


Heather Dorniden *undistorted video* wins the race

In one of her most memorable races, Heather Kampf (then Heather Dorniden) falls, recovers and wins the race! What a human! We are extremely excited to see what questions the students have for her. Join in today at 1pm EST LIVE : https://www.jason.org/heather-kampf

I've corrected the highly distorted (squashed) video, and also intercut much higher quality amateur footage. Plus, no cheesy music or titles! The video shows...

Run, don’t walk to tomorrow’s 1pm live event with Heather Kampf! Get it?! What questions do your students have about becoming a professional athlete? What is it like to compete for an Olympic spot? Join in & ask an amazing Team USA MN runner! Click : jason.org/heather-kampf

Ooh! We love that science & athletics sweet spot! We can’t wait to introduce you to pro-Athlete (Runner for Team USA Minnesota!) Heather Kampf. Get your questions in now, read more about her and join in live on Thursday at 1pm : https://jason.org/heather-kampf

Teachers! Mark your calendars for Thursday’s live event!
Heather Kampf is a professional Runner for Team USA Minnesota and is sponsored by ASICS America. She is also a coach, public speaker, and has a degree in Kinesiology, the study of body movement, which she uses to master her sport. More Here : https://jason.org/heather-kampf

Teachers... you haven’t been left out!

Know an inspiring educator, writer, or artist who can help us share ocean exploration with the world?

We're seeking classroom teachers, museum educators, writers, and artists to sail aboard E/V Nautilus as Science Communication Fellows in 2019.

Learn more and apply here by December 14 (only two weeks left!): oet.org/science-communication-fellowship


Real or Fake? – JASON Learning – Medium

Cyber Monday might be over, but we are here learning about Cyber Security everyday! Read on to learn more about what Cyber Security is and how JASON introduces this topic to classrooms: http://bit.ly/cybersecurityJL

medium.com Learn How Your Students Can Prepare to Operate Safely in a Digital World


JASON Learning | Connected Storm Sanctuary

We’re excited to announce we’ve teamed up with US Cellular to challenge students to create connected spaces for communities facing #NaturalDisasters in the #USCCStormSanctuary Design Thinking Mission. Visit https://jason.org/connectedstormsanctuary to learn more

jason.org In this innovative STEM learning experience, your middle and high school students will imagine and prototype solutions that use mobile technologies to create a better storm sanctuary: a temporary space where families can come together, connect, engage and be safe during, and immediately after, a nat...

In between Design Thinking visits, the Argos got to see a little bit of San Francisco!

Our last visit of the Argo’s Design Thinking expedition was to Meltwater, where we met with Director if Product Management Jonas Oppedal. Meltwater’s technology constantly searches and indexes news articles, broadcast video, and social media platforms in order to deliver highly customized information (“business intelligence!”) to their clients, who are mostly PR professionals within companies.

Jonas’s career started at Meltwater in his home country of Norway. He worked in sales for 10 years, which honed his ability to empathize with clients and understand their business and user needs—an essential design thinking principle!—which has served him well in his current product management role. He gave the Argos great career advice related to finding the right company culture fit, the importance of enjoying the people you work with, and striking a healthy work-life balance.

This morning the Argos connected with long-time JASON scientist “Canopy” Meg Lowman at California Academy of Sciences. After checking out some of the Cal Academy exhibits the Argos joined Scott Loarie, Director of the iNaturalist app that many of our Argos have used to document and identify insect, animal, and plant species on many of our field expeditions. Scott described the many design challenges and decisions the iNat team tackles on a regular basis as they continue to grow the app’s usage, support a thriving online community of users, and manage massive amounts of scientific data that their users generate.

The Argonauts descended on the Mecca of design thinking yesterday: IDEO. For nearly 39 years, this design and consulting firm has helped their clients solve problems using the design thinking methods the Argos have been learning about all week. We spent time with Caryn Voskuil, who leads IDEO teams that tackle the most difficult problems in education using human-centered design. Examples she shared included improving the student experience at a community college and radically reimagining lunchtime at San Francisco public schools.

This week the Argonauts also learned about how budding startups are funded through early investors and venture capital. We had an amazing opportunity to visit with Gabe Kleinman at Obvious Ventures to learn about their investment philosophy and the companies in their portfolio—all capable of making a “world positive” impact in addition to providing a great return on investment.

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What exactly are we doing in the Bay Area? Read about it on our blog: http://bit.ly/2Dqp8MC


Welcome to the INNOVATION ZONE! – JASON Learning – Medium

What exactly are we doing in the Bay Area? Read about it on our blog: http://bit.ly/2Dqp8MC

medium.com JASON Learning is adding a major dimension to its Argonaut program!

After experiences at tech giants Apple, Facebook and Google, it was great to spend time with Molly Dickinson at startup Bloomlife. Molly was employee number 5 there and has worn many hats while helping the company develop and launch a wearable, app-connected contraction tracker for pregnant women. She talked the Argonauts through the many challenges and tough decisions Bloomlife had to make when designing prototype monitors, their experiments in finding a successful payment model, and the amazing research the product is enabling—they’ve created the largest dataset ever assembled on pregnancy, with over 4,000 women donating their data for science.

The Argonaut’s exposure to cutting-edge STEM careers continued this morning with a visit to Google’s San Francisco space. We met with engineer Sameer Farooqui, who helps clients like Twitter manage massive data sets using the Google Cloud platform.

Our next few days of Argo Design Thinking exploration takes place in San Francisco.

Our Design Thinking Argo expedition wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the birthplace of Design Thinking: Stanford’s d.school.

Next stop on the Argo’s Design Thinking expedition: Facebook! We met with Eric Cheng, Head of Immersive Media, Oculus. He shared his vision for VR experiences and how he’s combined his tech prowess and passion for photography into an amazing career.

Today’s first visit for the Argonauts was the new Apple HQ, where we met with Ann Thai, a Senior Product Manager responsible for the Mac App Store. She shared insights into how her team develops innovative new products and experiences for Apple customers, and the path she took to get where she is today (including the value of a liberal arts degree in helping her succeed in her current role!).

JASON’s “Design Thinking” expedition to Silicon Valley and San Francisco has begun! The Argos kicked off this adventure with an intro activity that challenged them to design innovative new wallets. Then they enjoyed a new food experience, sampling Korean food (most for the first time!).

JASON Learning and adventurous eating ... octopus and a few other new things! @ Cupertino, California

From meeting creatures under the sea, to hanging upside down in a giant dig tree, to viewing our world from a bird’s eye view - Eric Cheng uses cutting edge technology to push the boundaries of telling stories about our world. Join in the LIVE conversation with him tomorrow (Thursday) 1pm EST here : https://jason.org/eric-cheng

You do NOT want to miss this #STEM career series event - Drones, Virtual Reality, photography and more! Eric Cheng uses #tech to give people a new perspective on the natural world. He is the Head of Immersive Media at Facebook Oculus and we are thrilled he will be answering students' questions LIVE on Thursday at 1pm EST. Submit questions now AND live here : https://www.jason.org/eric-cheng

This week's live event is perfect for teachers and students who love blending art and science! Eric Cheng is an award-winning photographer, technologist, drone expert, and author. He works at Oculus (Facebook) as Head of Immersive Media for Oculus Experiences. Throughout his career, Eric has straddled passions for photography, entrepreneurship, technology and communication. Join us November 1st at 1pm EST : https://www.jason.org/eric-cheng

More beauty shots and Argo experiences in the ACTS canopy walkway from the past week.

Firsts in the canopy!

The Argos experience the ACTS canopy walkway for the first time.

The Argos experience the ACTS canopy walkway for the first time.

Argo Sophia walks through a ceiba tree.

The Amazon Argonauts are headed home today. We are catching up on all of the photos and videos we took over the last few days while away from internet access and will share those as soon as we can.

Night hike in the Amazon!

JASON alumni !

Looking for a unique and exciting job opportunity? We have openings for various internships, a Creative Communications Associate, teachers, research associates and more! Apply today!


JASON alumni!

Looking for a unique and exciting job opportunity? We have openings for various internships, a Creative Communications Associate, teachers, research associates and more! Apply today!


LIVE at 1pm EST! The ladies of live events are ready! Are you? https://jason.org/randy-morgan

Tomorrow (Thursday) at 1pm EST- Ask entomologist Randy C. Morgan all about cultivating stingless bees and teaching in the rainforest AND (internet willing) Student Argonauts will join us LIVE from their jungle expedition in Peru! See you there!!

Find your inner bugdork! This week we are excited to team up with The Bug Chicks to bring you a built-in activity that pairs perfectly with our live event. The activity can prepare your students for the live Q & A with JASON STEM Role Model entomologist Randy C. Morgan, and this glossary of entomological terms will have them speaking the language of bug science. As an added bonus, Student Argonauts on will also join us live from their expedition in Peru! If your students have ever been interested in becoming an Argo, this is a great opportunity to ask their burning questions to peers.

The Argonauts got up close and personal with a variety of Arthropods using Celestron microscopes and macro photography techniques.

The Argonauts begin experimenting with materials and methods for their arthropod research projects. Here, they are setting scented swabs to see if they will attract orchid bees.

Amazon Argonauts sound mapped and got hands-on with a variety of arthropods with the BugChicks help this afternoon.

A few more shots from this morning’s adventures, including a sand plover egg, an iridescent beetle, and a bend in the river off the trail.

While out birding, the Argos discovered a clutch of turtle eggs in the riverbank. This bank was actively eroding into the river (a large chunk calved off and splashed water on some of the Argos!), so the group agreed to attempt to relocate the eggs to a safer location away from the shoreline. Our guide Percy did the dangerous rescue job, and everyone helped place the eggs in a new nest.

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