Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.