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JASON Learning Announces Theme of National Educators’ Virtual Conference

By June 29, 2021No Comments


This is the education non-profit’s second year of hosting the annual conference online

SHBURN, VA – JUNE 29, 2021 – JASON Learning today announced the conference theme and additional details to their lineup of next week’s national conference. The theme of this year’s conference is Real STEM. Real Life., and will be held virtually on July 7th and 8th. 

“The theme celebrates JASON’s mission and the work our educators do everyday to connect students to real-world STEM phenomena and help them recognize the relevance of STEM in their lives,” said Eleanor Smalley, President of JASON Learning. 

Participants will be able to choose from a variety of keynote events and breakout sessions including virtual “field trips”, panels and sharing of best practices – up to five sessions each day.  Featured guests include experts from NASA, USCellular, The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), and many more STEM professionals. The topics of discussion will range from microplastics in the food supply, to the importance of STEM in HVAC careers, to addressing curriculum in early childhood education. 

One featured presentation will be conducted by Okhee Lee, a professor at NYU, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and Todd Campbell, Department head of Curriculum Instruction, Professor of Science Education, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut.  The presentation will focus on creating “A New Normal” for STEM education with Justice for All Students. The discussion will shine light on the new normal following the COVID-19 Pandemic and increase of Systemic Racism. 

The event will also feature breakout sessions, including a celebration of Alumni of the last 20 years of the JASON Argonauts Program. 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.

“We have the opportunity to create a new future through education. The whole industry has shifted in the last year and a half, and JASON is well equipped to bring students into the future with online learning around STEM topics. We want to help students be informed and interested in their communities and the science that runs them,” Smalley continued. 

The event will be held from 12pm-5pm ET on both July 7th and 8th. Tickets are available at, and live information about the event can be followed at #JASNATCONF2021 on Twitter. 


About JASON Learning 

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About JASON Learning 

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