Resilient Planet Game

The Operation: Resilient Planet Game - Mission 2 puts you on a scientific mission with JASON Host Researcher Dr. Bob Ballard and National Argonaut, Brittany Jeanis. Survey this unique ecosystem to learn about its biodiversity. Go on a vital rescue mission and learn about some of the most endangered reptiles on the planet. If you are very careful, and very lucky, you may even discover some strange things no scientist has ever seen before! The Operation: Resilient Planet Game that corresponds with Mission 4 of the curriculum puts you on a scientific mission with JASON Host Researcher Dr. Enric Sala and National Argonaut, Ada Hernandez. Explore one of the world's last pristine ecosystems in the oceans near the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Use the latest technology and techniques to perform a variety of exciting research projects ranging from documenting the behavior of reclusive monk seals to analyzing the diets of fierce tiger sharks. Work with Dr. Sala to formulate cutting-edge scientific theories and save two ancient ocean predators!
Below are just a few examples of JASON's award-winning Games and Digital Labs. Sign up for online access to the JASON Mission Center for these and many more!

The Operation: Resilient Planet Game In this immersive 3D experience, students assist JASON Host Researchers like Dr. Bob Ballard in solving real-world ecological issues. Using scientific inquiry, along with instruments and procedures mirroring those of the researchers, students aim for the best score on our JASON Leaderboard. Your class will be talking about this exciting experience for weeks!

The Operation: Resilient Planet Game, and accompanying teacher resources, are all downloads available in the JASON Mission Center Web site.


Coaster Creator
Have you ever ridden a roller coaster and thought "Hmmm, I think I could design a better one?" Well now is your chance! Using your knowledge of potential and kinetic energy, create a roller coaster that delivers the most thrills, yet still remains safe for the passengers.

This digital lab, from Operation: Infinite Potential, explores the effects of rapid energy transfers and transformations, and is available in the JASON Mission Center.


A hurricane is approaching the U.S. coastline, what should residents do? In StormTracker, it's up to JASON students to accurately predict the path and intensity of hurricanes barreling towards shore.

Using real tropical storm data, and hosted by Operation: Monster Storms Host Researcher Jason Dunion, this lab gives students the hands-on experience of playing the role of storm-tracker. In addition, students can reach for the top score in the JASON Leaderboard!

StormTracker is available online in the JASON Mission Center.

Energy City
Imagine a world where non-renewable resources, such as coal and oil, are in short supply! What can we do now to prepare for this future event? In this JASON Digital Lab, you will create a new energy portfolio for a city. Research new sources of energy and take another look at renewable and inexhaustible sources that were once considered “alternative” such as sunlight and wind. If you can help your city move forward into the future, you’ll be featured on our competitive leaderboards!


Transform It!
From plants last photosynthesizing millions of years ago to the planes, trains, and (of course) robots in our lives--energy transfers and transforms throughout the universe. Transform It! invites players to harness energy in its various forms to put a city, a giant robot or a farm to work. Deliver energy efficiently, and avoid under-powering or overpowering your goal!

Transform It! invites players to harness energy in its various forms to put a city, a giant robot or a farm to work. Deliver energy efficiently, and avoid under-powering or overpowering your goal!

Landform Detectives
A violent explosion occurs suddenly and a landscape is altered for generations. Across the world, 7,000 years of raindrops delicately and slowly weave a haunting landscape. Thick, crushing sheets of ice melt away to give rise to great cities, and deep in our primordial past, the most awe-inspiring mountains were sludge at the bottom of a forgotten sea.


What treasures hide beneath your feet? Join Dr. Mike Wise, and Argos Emily, Connor, Maria, and Cindy as they travel around the Americas to various mines. Investigate rare caverns and caves, and take your findings back to the lab, where you can identify your mysterious crystals! You can play as one of three Argonauts while Emily and Dr. Wise will guide you.


The Commander of the Nautilus
Do you have what it takes to become the Commander of the Nautilus? Join Doctor Katy Croff Bell and travel around the world to explore some of the most exciting places in the ocean. From discovering what organisms colonize a whale fall to exploring brine seeps in the Gulf of Mexico, you can apply your knowledge of forces and motion to navigate ships and ROVs in order to complete your objectives.


Mini Labs
Mini labs are brief online activities that can be done by students as they review content, or collaborate with a teacher demonstrating to a classroom. Created in close collaboration with content experts, these interactives are designed to bring illustrations and concepts from the textbook "to life." Thoughtful animations, meaningful interactions, and beautiful footage from National Geographic peerlessly harness the power of digital learning.

Mini labs are available online in the JASON Mission Center.


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