JASON’s Student and Teacher Argonauts—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 side-by-side with scientists and engineers.
In doing so, they become the eyes and ears for their peers back home, experiencing firsthand what it’s like to pursue a STEM career, sharing that knowledge when they return to their local communities, and making critical real-world connections to the STEM topics they’ve learned about in the JASON classroom curricula.
The Argonaut expedition is an incredible adventure and can be a life-changing experience for participating students and teachers. As such, each spot on the team is highly coveted. Every year students and teachers apply for the program through JASON, competing against candidates in their district and around the world for the chance to be on the next JASON Argonaut team.
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.