Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get more information?

To get more information on our curriculum products and teacher training workshops, your best bet is to schedule a demo with a JASON team member.

For other inquiries, get in touch using the form on the contact us page, or give us a call at 888-527-6600 (703-822-7238 outside the continental U.S.).

What equipment will I need to participate?

The minimum system requirements are a computer running Windows XP or higher or a Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.2 or higher. Linux and other systems will also work well usually, but we do not test as heavily on other platforms. The computer must have at least 1 GB of RAM and 15 MB free hard-drive space; a connection to the Internet; and either Internet Explorer 7 or higher, Chrome 10 or higher, Firefox 12 or higher, or Safari 4 or higher. Cookies and JavaScript must both be enabled in your browser. Screen resolution should be set to 1024 x 768 or better. The most recent versions of the free Adobe Flash Player, Quicktime Player, and Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-ins are recommended for the best experience.

Does JASON offer homeschooling opportunities?

Yes. Many homeschooled students participate in JASON in a variety of ways. Homeschool versions of our curricula can be purchased through our website. Homeschooled students can also participate in all online activities and interactive events through the JASON platform. Homeschool students can also apply to be Student Argonauts.

Do JASON materials align to national model standards and state curriculum requirements?

Yes. Our curricula and educational resources are aligned to national and state standards, including NGSS and Common Core. The alignments can be browsed and custom resource sets created by using our interactive standards tool in JASON’s online platform.

Does JASON offer professional development for educators? Where do I go to learn about training sessions?

Yes. JASON offers on-site and virtual curriculum and content training for JASON offerings. On-site workshops are available at a variety of locations. We can also arrange for a JASON trainer to come to your site. Visit the training page to learn more.

How can I order JASON for my school district, school, classroom or home?

JASON online access and print curricula can be purchased on our website, or we can provide a quote and arrange for payment via Purchase Order.

JASON solutions may be customized to meet the specific needs of schools and districts. Schedule a demo to learn how JASON can work in your area.

Why are you called JASON? What does JASON stand for?

The JASON Project gets its name from the Greek myth of the Argonauts, a group of adventurers who traveled with a hero named Jason to explore the far reaches of the ancient world in a ship called the Argo. Dr. Robert Ballard, JASON’s founder and a famous modern-day explorer, gave the organization its name when he dreamed of creating an educational program to spark the imaginations of students with real-life science.

Despite our tradition of spelling JASON in all caps, it’s actually not an acronym.

Does JASON partner with educational or government organizations?

JASON has a long history of collaboration with NOAA, NASA, the U.S. Departments of Education and Energy, National Geographic Society as well as prominent corporations and foundations.

How many students and teachers has JASON reached?

Over our 25+ year history, we have had more than 15 million students and teachers participate in JASON through the online curricula, print curricula, after-school programs, and live broadcasts and webcasts.

How and when was JASON established?

The JASON Project was founded by Dr. Robert Ballard, the scientist and oceanographer who, in 1986, discovered the wreck of the ill-fated RMS Titanic. Ballard’s breakthrough development of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) enabled scientists located far from a research site to remotely observe and record scientific phenomena otherwise inaccessible to them. Impressed by the many requests he received from students who wanted to learn more about his Titanic expedition, Dr. Ballard began to explore ways to bring the excitement of real scientific discovery into the classroom. In 1989, he established The JASON Project, a pioneering organization that uses multimedia tools and cutting-edge technology to engage students in scientific research and expeditions led by leading scientists.