FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Design Thinking Ambassador Program Will Allow Students to Share Their Solutions for Their Communities
HOUSTON, TX. (July 22, 2021) — JASON Learning (JASON) today announced its launch of the Fall 2021 Design Thinking Ambassador Program in Texas’ Aldine, Alief, and Houston Districts. This program prepares educators to become STEM leaders and role models by connecting them with talented STEM professionals in their community to collaborate on future projects and Design Thinking Challenges. Thanks to support from Chevron, twenty-four educators will participate as ambassadors in the Fall 2021 session of this program.
Chevron’s Houston Corporate Affairs Manager Amber Tierce said, “Chevron is committed to investing in innovative education programs that position the next generation of problem solvers to tackle the most complex challenges of the future. We’re proud to partner with JASON Learning to help expand STEM learning in Houston and prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s careers.”
In past sessions, JASON Learning Design Thinking Ambassadors collaborated with local STEM role models, community stakeholders, JASON staff, and one another to create a Design Thinking Challenge for their students that will increase community resilience, provide opportunities for students to engage with diverse community role models, earn professional development credit, and develop the knowledge and skills needed to become a visionary leader and agent of change in their community as they build and advocate for STEM literacy.
“Community engagement is crucial to raising up schools to be a place that all 21st-century learners can succeed. The Design Thinking Ambassador Program prepares educators to become STEM leaders and role models, and it introduces educators to talented STEM professionals in their community that they can collaborate with on future projects and Design Thinking Challenges,” said Debra Hill, Regional Director at JASON Learning, “we’re excited to bring even more students and ambassadors together this session.”
By building a roster of Design Thinking Ambassadors with local connections and business leaders, youth will be able to solve problems that build a better and resilient Houston community. JASON also highlights the fact that the Fall 2021 session will include in-person site visits and involved learning opportunities, putting innovation in action. Previously, the Spring 2021 session, which was exclusive to the Aldine district, was entirely virtual.
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.org, JASON’s award-winning curricula place students in challenging, real-world situations where they are connected with and mentored by leading STEM professionals.