FAQ

Just contact us at info@jason.org or call us at 888-527-6600 (703-822-7238 outside the continental U.S.).

The minimum system requirements are a computer running Windows XP or higher or a Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.2 or higher.  Linux and other systems will also work well usually, but we do not test as heavily on other platforms. The computer must have at least 1 GB of RAM and 15 MB free hard-drive space; a connection to the Internet; and either Internet Explorer 7 or higher, Chrome 10 or higher, Firefox 12 or higher, or Safari 4 or higher. Cookies and JavaScript must both be enabled in your browser. Screen resolution should be set to 1024 x 768 or better. The most recent versions of the free Adobe Flash Player, Quicktime Player, and Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-ins are recommended for the best experience.

Yes. Many home-schooled students participate in JASON in a variety of ways. Teacher Editions and Student Books can be purchased individually through our online store. Home-schooled students can also participate in all online message boards and interactive events through the JASON Mission Center. Additionally, the JASON Mission Center Web site includes numerous extensions and message boards for home-school educators to share tips and tricks. Home-school students can also apply to be Student Argonauts.

Yes.  Our curricula and educational resources are aligned to national and state standards.  The alignments can be browsed and custom resource sets created by using our interactive standards tool in the JASON Mission Center.

Yes.  The JASON Professional Development program offers on-site curriculum and content training for JASON offerings. On-site workshops are available at a variety of locations. We can also arrange for a JASON trainer to come to your site. Visit the Training page for more information.

Online access, print versions, hands-on lab kits, professional development and more can be purchased from our online store.  JASON solutions may be customized to meet the specific needs of schools and districts. For more information about how to include JASON curricula in your school or district, please contact us at info@jason.org or call us at 888-527-6600 (703-822-7238 outside the continental U.S.).

The JASON Project gets its name from the Greek myth of the Argonauts, a group of adventurers who traveled with a hero named Jason to explore the far reaches of the ancient world in a ship called the Argo. Dr. Robert Ballard, founder of the organization and a modern-day "Jason," gave the organization its name when he dreamed of creating an educational program to spark the imaginations of students with real-life science. The JASON Project taps into the Argonauts' spirit of adventure to engage today's learners with great explorers and great events that expand our knowledge of the world in the 21st century.

JASON has a long history of collaboration with NOAA, NASA, the U.S. Departments of Education and Energy, National Geographic Society as well as prominent foundations and philanthropies.

Over JASON's 20-year history, we have had more than 12 million students and teachers participate in JASON through the online curricula, print curricula, broadcasts, and the Internet.

The JASON Project was founded by Dr. Robert Ballard, the scientist and oceanographer who, in 1986, discovered the wreck of the ill-fated RMS Titanic. Ballard's breakthrough development of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) enabled scientists located far from a research site to remotely observe and record scientific phenomena otherwise inaccessible to them. Impressed by the many requests he received from students who wanted to learn more about his Titanic expedition, Dr. Ballard began to explore ways to bring the excitement of real scientific discovery into the classroom. In 1989, he established The JASON Project, a pioneering organization that uses multimedia tools and cutting-edge technology to engage students in scientific research and expeditions led by leading scientists.

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