JASON's National Educators' Conference

June 22-24, 2017

George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus

Ashburn, VA

2017 JNC Participants: Download Conference Resources!

Attendees can access important resources such as the conference program, comprehensive info document, and bus schedule prior to arrival.

The JNC is the science education conference where you are the scientist.


Join an unparalleled community of peers—including educators, science mentors, curriculum experts—and get hands-on as you learn and share best practices for science labs, projects, tricky-to-teach concepts, and more.


Explore JNC 2017 Sessions and Tracks

JNC 2017 Conference Sessions include:

  • The brand new “World of Waves” physics curriculum
  • NGSS Standards and science teaching best practices
  • Modeling, Assessments, and Student-led Labs and Investigations
  • Climate Change: What do we need to know and how do we engage students?
  • Tech and the Science Classroom
  • Deep dives into all of the JASON Curriculum Units
  • And much more…

Whether you are an experienced JASON veteran or brand new to the JASON curriculum, this conference is the perfect place to gets hands-on. Participate in labs led by our mentor scientists. Team up with your fellow educators and create engaging science lessons using materials you find around the house. Tackle the trickiest aspects of science teaching and learning and go into the fall more inspired than ever.

The JASON Touch: PD at a whole new level!

At JASON we always put real life scientists at the center of the curriculum. Students and teachers get engaged when they see how core school-level scientific concepts translate into exciting careers and cutting edge discoveries. And at the JNC, you get to experience it all first-hand.

Inspiring Scientists delivering Unparalleled Keynotes

  • Dr. Donna Governor, “Catching the Wave”
  • Dr. Paul M Gignac, “From the Center of the Earth: One Students Journey from JASON Argonaut to Professional Paleontologist”
  • Dr. Juliana Texley, “Rainbow of Learners, Spectrum of Success”
  • Dr. Simon Englehart, “Sea-Level Rise and Citizen Science”
  • Dr. Lynn Sweet of the Center for Conservation Biology
  • Constance Adams, Space Architect, “So What? How ‘Why’ Matters when Teenagers Study STEM”

Only JNC has Adventure Day!

Everyone agrees that Adventure Day makes the JNC unique. You and your fellow educators have a chance to get out of the classroom and into the field, led by the JASON team and scientist mentors.


In 2017 we are offering our best adventures yet:

  • Field Study at Great Falls National Park
  • Excursion to Smithsonian’s Environmental Research Center (SERC)
  • Close-up look at Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Car Crash Testing facility
  • Journey to the Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, MD
  • IFly & the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy, National Air & Space Museum, Chantilly, VA

Full Adventure Day program descriptions (PDF)

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