Infinite Potential

Through research articles, inquiry-based activities, videos, games, and other multimedia, students investigate and analyze emerging technologies designed to meet the needs of an energy-hungry planet.

Through their expeditions, students will:

  • Determine whether an earthquake's energy could transform into a tsunami
  • Develop a plan for providing energy to an area struck by a natural disaster
  • Propose a plan to responsibly use 400 years of stored coal
  • Address a large power outage and work to restore power
  • Design an energy efficient module that will allow humans to live in outer space

 

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

The Operation: Infinite Potential curriculum includes...

 

Student Edition
This 120-page, full-color magazine introduces the host researchers and Argonaut teams, and provides the science background knowledge and the tools to help students solve each Mission challenge. It also contains a "getting started" tutorial, reference charts, a glossary, and interdisciplinary connections.

 

Teacher Edition
This 144-page, two-color manual includes facsimile Student Edition pages, wrap-around teacher notes, lesson plans, extentions, worksheets, and resources.

 

 

Videos
This 60 minute DVD introduces teachers and students to some of the world's top explorers and key science concepts. Our video content is seamlessly woven throughout the curriculum, offering a gateway into the exciting world of exploration and adventure.

 

Online Resources
The JASON Mission Center Web site 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 Mission Center account.

 

Digital Labs and Games
Available inside the JASON Mission Center, Digital Labs and games allow students to explore the work of Operation: Infinite Potential through an exciting gaming environment. Learn more about Coaster Creator, JASON's Digital Lab exploring potential and kinetic energy.

 

Mission 1: Critical Current - Defining Energy

Host Researcher:
Dr. Janet Green
Space Weather Physicistr
NOAA
Boulder, CO

Mission:
Explore energy in its many forms.

 

Mission 2: Waves of Change - Calculating Transfers and Transformations

Host Researcher:
Dr. Vasily Titov
Director, NOAA Center for Tsunami Research
NOAA
Seattle, WA

Mission:
Understand how energy is transferred and transformed in predictable ways.

 

Mission 3: Power to the People - The Current State of the Grid

Host Researcher:
Dr. Larry Shadle
Research Group Leader, Model Validation Research Group
National Energy Technology Laboratory
Morgantown, WV

Mission:
Investigate how we currently meet our energy and power needs.

 

Mission 4: Energy Independence - The Quest for Sustainable Resources

Host Researcher:
Dr. Martin Keller
Director, BioEnergy Science Center
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN

Mission:
Evaluate the future role of alternative energy resources.

 

Mission 5: Energy Security - Powering Our Future

Host Researcher:
Constance Adams
National Geographic Emerging Explorer and Space Architect
Houston, TX

Mission:
Create a blueprint for a secure energy future.

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