JASON's Argonaut Program

Life-Changing STEM Travel Experiences with JASON's Role Models

JASON's Argonaut Program

Have you applied to be a part of JASON’s exclusive Student and Teacher Argonauts program? This is one of the most sought after opportunities in the world of STEM education, and anyone participating in our District Model can apply to be a part of it! 

The Argonauts team – named after the band of explorers in Greek mythology who accompanied the hero Jason in his quest to find the Golden Fleece – travel to locations around the world to work directly with JASON scientists, engineers, and other inspiring STEM role models, traveling with them on field expeditions, joining them in their lab or office, or being mentored by them remotely as they develop their own local projects.

In doing so, Argonauts experience authentic, real-world STEM in action, and share their understanding and excitement with their peers in school and throughout their community.

Argonauts collaborate with the JASON team to document and share their expedition experiences with their communities back home and others throughout the world through a mix of photos, videos, blogs, and live events. Expeditions are shared via social media and the JASON website, generating awareness and excitement about their adventures.

Because students and teachers around the world apply for the JASON Argonaut program, an invitation to join the team is highly coveted. What are you waiting for? Get your application in today!

 

Send an email to argo@jason.org for current application information

Who Should Apply?

STUDENTS WHO:

  • Will be between 13-17 years old on June 1, 2020
  • Demonstrate a strong interest and ability in science
  • Possess excellent leadership and teamwork skills
  • Are self-motivated, creative, and adventurous
  • Possess (or are willing to learn!) excellent communication skills
  • Exhibit an eagerness to participate in field activities which may be outdoors and/or strenuous in nature
  • Have ideally used JASON in an educational setting

Note: For students with special needs, accommodations may be made consistent with the student’s’ IEP

TEACHERS WHO:

  • Demonstrate outstanding performance in working with students
  • Demonstrate a strong interest and ability in science
  • Possess excellent leadership and teamwork skills
  • Are self-motivated, creative, and adventurous
  • Possess excellent communication skills
  • Exhibit an eagerness to participate in field activities which may be outdoors and/or strenuous in nature
  • Have five or more years of experience working with students
  • Have ideally used JASON Learning in an educational setting

JASON's Upcoming Argonaut Expeditions

Design Thinking, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

October 2021 Remote Bootcamp

Argonauts will work remotely with JASON staff and STEM mentors in sessions over four sessions beginning in mid-October to learn and practice the process of Design Thinking:

●  How to emphasize with end users of a product or service
●  Define the problem to be solved
●  Generate innovative ideas
●  Build prototypes
●  Test solutions
●  Iterate and improve

While doing so, Argonauts will also practice “thinking like an entrepreneur” so they’ll understand how innovations survive and endure in real-world markets.

Design Thinking, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

February 2022 Boston, MA Expedition

 

The team of Argonauts that participated in the remote fall program will travel in February, 2022 to Boston, MA one of the nation’s leading centers of technology, design, and innovation. There, they will see how STEM professionals in cutting-edge industries use Design Thinking and entrepreneurial thinking concepts every day to solve real-world problems and create the next big thing. Their three-day itinerary will include visits to world-renowned research institutes, multinational biotech manufacturers, and scrappy startups.

In addition, while in Boston, Argonauts will have an opportunity to present and pitch their own products, services, and business models to mentors who will provide feedback and advice. 

Application Deadlines Vary

Send an email to argo@jason.org for current application information

JASON's 2019 Argonaut Expeditions

Caterpillars & Climate Change, Nevada

Meet the Nevada Team

Forest Owls, Arizona

Meet the Arizona Team

Sea Turtles, Bahamas

Meet the Bahamas Team

Bees and Pollinators, Costa Rica

Meet the Costa Rica Team

Amazon Rainforest, Peru

Meet the Amazon Team

Design Thinking, California

Meet the Design Thinking Team