JASON's National Educators' Conference

June 27-29, 2018

George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus

Ashburn, VA

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.


Whether you are an experienced JASON veteran or brand new to the JASON curriculum, this conference is the perfect place to get 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.

Our three-day event featuring hands-on workshops, engaging presenters, and exciting field adventures. Team up with your fellow educators and experience engaging science and engineering lessons using low-cost materials easily accessible to all classroom types. Tackle the trickiest aspects of science teaching and learning and go into the fall more inspired than ever. Hear from leading experts in their fields – in person – and gain deeper understandings of key science concepts and global issues. Every attendee will discover something new, valuable, and usable this year, even if you’ve attended JASON training or conferences in the past.

Featured Scientists


Matt Brumbelow
Senior Research Engineer
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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Janet Buhlmann
Senior Principal Scientist, Centers for Therapeutic Innovation

Adjunct Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)

Dr. Virginia H. Dale
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Tennessee Knoxville

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Dr. Stephen J. Godfrey
Curator of Paleontology
Calvert Marine Museum

Dr. Heather Heenehan Postdoctoral Researcher, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center    Dr. Heather Heenehan received her Ph.D. in Marine Science and Conservation and Master of Environmental Management from Duke University, spending most of her time at the Duke University Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, NC. She spent more than a year after finishing her Ph.D. working as a postdoctoral researcher at the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center in the Passive Acoustics Group led by Dr. Sofie Van Parijs. Dr. Heenehan’s research focuses on acoustics as a tool to learn about the ocean and the animals that live there, with a focus on soundscape and marine mammals. Dr. Heenehan is an experienced and award-winning teacher, having received the 2016 Duke University Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. For the 2017-2018 academic year Dr. Heenehan was a Visiting Assistant Lecturer in Environmental Studies at the University of New England.

Dr. Heather Heenehan
Postdoctoral Researcher
NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center

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Mindy Quinn
Director of Chesapeake Bay Field Lab Programs
Calvert Marine Museum

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Daniel Sawyer
Leader, Dimensional Metrology Group
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Mike Wise

Dr. Michael A. Wise
Geologist, Department of Mineral Sciences
Smithsonian Institution NMNH

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. A combination of returning adventures, back by popular demand, and new adventures await:


Great Falls & Seneca Regional Park

with Virginia Dale


The Calvert Marine Museum

with Dr. Stephen Godfrey


Smithsonian's American Museum of Natural History and DC

with Mike Wise


National Institute of Standards and Technology

with Dan Sawyer


Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

with Matt Brumbelow


NASA Goddard Space Flight Center



Tuesday, June 26th
2:30-6:00pm Pre-registration available at the hotel (Embassy Suites)
3:30-5:30pm Chevron Districts / West VA Pre-Conference Special Session – “What’s Next with JASON?” Sneak Peak

Wednesday, June 27th
7:00-8:00am Registration
8:00am-3:00pm Keynote and Breakout Sessions at GW
4:30pm Buses en route to evening reception
6:00-10:00pm Evening Reception aboard the Spirit of Washington

Thursday, June 28th
Adventure Day – Times Vary (all day)

Friday, June 29th
7:30-8:00am Registration
8:00am-3:00pm Keynote and Breakout Session at GW
3:00-3:30pm All Conference Share and Refreshments

A more detailed agenda will be sent to attendees as we get closer to the event.


JNC Dinner

JASON Learning will be hosting an evening dinner reception featuring keynote presentation by Virginia Dale. All conference guests are invited to join us aboard the Spirit of Washington for dinner, drinks, keynotes, and spectacular views on the Potomac on the evening of Wednesday, June 27th.



JASON Learning has reserved a room block for JNC Attendees from June 26 – June 29 with special room rates at the Embassy Suites Dulles North and Springhill Suites Ashburn Dulles North. Conveniently located from Washington Dulles International Airport and the George Washington University Science and Technology Virginia Campus.

Embassy Suites Dulles North
44610 Waxpool Rd.
Ashburn, VA 20147

SpringHill Suites Ashburn Dulles North
20065 Lakeview Center Plaza
Ashburn, VA 20147


Hotel and Airport shuttles are provided by Embassy Suites & SpringHill Suites upon request. You may contact the hotels to get more information in shuttle schedules.
Transportation will be provided by JASON Learning between Embassy Suites and conference events only (sessions, adventure day locations, and dinner reception).

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