JASON Learning is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managed by Sea Research Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the National Geographic Society. Founded in 1989 by Dr. Robert D. Ballard, the mission of JASON is to inspire and educate kids everywhere through real science and exploration. JASON provides multimedia curricular experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for K-12 students, and corresponding professional development for educators in a wide variety of formal and informal education environments. Each comprehensive JASON program includes reading selections, hands-on activities, videos, and online games for students, and lesson plans, implementation tips, and a powerful digital platform for educators. Live, interactive events throughout the year connect JASON participants with inspirational STEM role models. JASON’s in-school curricula cover core content areas and can be used as replacements for traditional textbooks or as enriching supplemental materials. JASON’s after-school offerings, which include the popular Immersion Learning program, bring the thrill of scientific discovery to students in Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, 21st Century Learning Centers, and other out-of-school settings.
JASON and its partners create these connections using multiple platforms and technologies, including award-winning, standards-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curricula developed with NOAA, NASA, National Geographic Society and others; after-school and out-of-school activities; camp experiences; and exploration programs for museums, aquariums, libraries and community centers. The result is a year-round continuum of classroom and out-of-classroom learning.
Sea Research Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, operates Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT; the Ocean Exploration Center, focused on deep ocean environments and led by Dr. Robert D. Ballard; and, in partnership with National Geographic, JASON Learning. The mission of Sea Research (www.searesearch.org) is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through education, research and exploration.