Dr. Robert Ballard

JASON’s Founder

JASON is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1989 by Dr. Robert D. Ballard. JASON provides curriculum and learning experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for K-12 students and high-quality professional development for teachers. JASON has been used successfully in a wide variety of formal and informal education environments.

Available online at jason.org, JASON’s award-winning curricula place students in challenging, real-world situations where they are connected with and mentored by leading STEM professionals.

Each comprehensive JASON Learning curriculum features print and digital materials, hands-on activities, videos, and online games for students, as well as lesson plans, implementation tips, professional development, and a powerful digital platform for educators. Live, interactive events throughout the year connect the JASON community with inspirational STEM role models, including renowned scientists and other experts pursuing STEM careers.

Our forward-thinking design ensures that each and every discrete curriculum component—every article, video, hands-on lab, and online game that comprises the multimedia curricular experience—is aligned with state and national standards. Independent research has validated the JASON approach to teaching and learning, showing that our programs significantly improve student outcomes, academic achievement, and attitudes toward STEM careers.


Our mission is to inspire and educate students everywhere through real science and exploration.


Our vision is that students everywhere have the same opportunity for authentic exploration, innovation, meaningful and engaging learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to deepen their appreciation and knowledge, improve their lives, build careers, become informed and proactive citizens who will make a better world. We envision JASON to be THE place for STEM education for formal and informal education centers, school districts, teachers, families, and students worldwide.


  STEM literacy advancement
  Teaching and learning
  Making a difference
  Love of nature

JASON works with world class partners to bring real STEAM into classrooms

JASON STEM Curriculum - Engaging, Inspiring, Challenging