Seas of Change

Through research articles, inquiry-based activities, videos, games, and other multimedia, students model authentic science and engineering practice as they investigate and analyze the forces that shape — and change — climate.

Through their expeditions, students will:

  • Meet exciting scientists and engineers and learn about their work
  • Understand the nature and importance of Earth’s ocean
  • Investigate how energy flow in the Earth system creates global winds and surface currents and influences climate
  • Investigate the causes and impacts of climate change and learn how scientists are working to predict Earth’s climate future 


Available in print and online editions, Climate: Seas of Change is designed to fit within school districts’ core curriculum. It provides at least five to nine weeks of material with suggested lesson plans, assessments, extensions, interdisciplinary connections, and other teacher resources.

The Climate: Seas of Change curriculum includes...


Student Edition
This 126-page, full-color magazine introduces students to the exciting topic of climate through the eyes of JASON Host Researchers and National Argonauts. The Student Edition provides the science background knowledge, labs, field investigations, and other tools to help students solve each expedition challenge. 


Teacher Edition
This 164-page, two-color manual includes facsimile Student Edition pages, wrap-around teacher notes, lesson plans, extensions, blackline masters, and other resources.



This 45-minute DVD introduces students to key science concepts through the work of JASON Host Researchers and National Argonauts. Video segments are seamlessly woven throughout the curriculum, offering a window into the exciting world of research and exploration.


Online Resources
The JASON Expedition Center website contains online curriculum, digital labs and games, teacher classroom management tools, and online community features. Students and teachers can explore the limitless possibilities of the world of JASON with their JASON Expedition Center account.


Digital Labs and Games
Available inside the JASON Expedition Center, digital labs and games allow students to explore the work of Climate: Seas of Change through an exciting gaming environment. An interactive vocabulary challenge game for each Expedition tests students’ knowledge in a fun, fast-paced way. Additional digital labs cover topics from the curriculum such as volcanic eruptions, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), Earth systems, and energy transfer.


Expedition 1: Earth’s Ocean System — Beneath the Blue

Host Researcher:
Katy Croff Bell
Chief Scientist
Nautilus Exploration Program
Old Lyme, CT

Join oceanographer Dr. Katy Croff Bell on board the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus to explore Earth’s ocean from shoreline to deepest trench, and begin to investigate the effects the ocean and Earth’s climate have on each other.


Expedition 2: Climate Connections — Drift and Flow

Host Researcher:
Diane Stanitski
Program Manager
NOAA Office of Climate Observation
Silver Spring, MD

Hop aboard the NOAA Research Vessel (R/V) Shearwater and work alongside climatologists Dr. Diane Stanitski and NOAA Commander John Adler to analyze data from drifting buoys, in order to better understand the role ocean currents play in Earth’s climate.

Expedition 3: Climate Change — Models and Decisions

Host Researcher:
Jim Hack
Director, National Center for Computational Sciences
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN

Join climate scientist Dr. James Hack as he demonstrates how some of the world’s most advanced supercomputers are used to run climate models used to study the causes and potential long-term effects of climate change.



Aligning With Standards

The Climate: Seas of Change curriculum aligns with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for grades K–12 and also supports the Common Core Language Arts and Mathematics standards, National Educational Technology Standards for Students, and the National Geography Standards. Click here for an overview of the standards alignments. For more detailed international, national, and state standards, visit the JASON Expedition Center.