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Adventurous Students and Educators invited to apply for JASON Learning’s 2017 Summer/Fall STEM Research Experience; Application Deadline is January 15 (1/2/2017)

FORT BEND ISD (January 2, 2017) – JASON Learning, a world-renowned science education organization, will lead scientific expeditions in the summer and fall of 2017 and is seeking a diverse, creative, and adventurous group of students and educators to join the research teams as “Student and Educator Argonauts.”


In partnership with 12 Houston-area school districts and with generous support from Chevron, JASON is thrilled to announce that 22 of the coveted Argonaut team spots will be reserved for students and educators from the Houston region (including a spot for one FBISD student and one middle school science teacher). These Argonauts will be selected through a competitive application process in the winter of the 2016-2017 school year.


“Our Argonaut program connects students and educators with real scientists to teach and inspire a love of exploration and inquiry, promote self-confidence, and develop leadership skills,” said Dr. Eleanor Smalley, Chief Operating Officer of JASON.


Funding provided by Chevron assures that all travel, lodging, food, programming and equipment costs related to the Houston-area Argonauts activities will be covered in full.


Since 1990, JASON’s National Argonaut Program has provided hands-on, scientific field work to more than 480 competitively selected students and educators worldwide. Many of them have gone on to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).


Who Should Apply?

Student Argonauts must be between 13 to 17 years old by June 1, 2017, and will have demonstrated experience with JASON Learning. As such, middle school applicants will be given priority. Student applicants must also have a committed sponsor to assist them through the Argonaut experience.


Educator Argonauts should have plans to continue as an educator in the 2017-2018 school year and have experience using JASON Learning in the classroom.


Ideal Argonaut candidates will:

  • Demonstrate a strong interest and ability in science
  • Possess excellent leadership and/or teamwork skills
  • Be self-motivated, creative, and adventurous, taking personal initiative to meet challenges and overcome obstacles
  • Possess excellent communication skills and be comfortable in front of a camera
  • Participate in field activities which may be outdoors and/or strenuous in nature; activities, locations, or conditions may include, but are not limited to: snorkeling, swimming, extensive time on boats, small/confined spaces, heights, and adverse weather conditions (temperature extremes, precipitation, wind, etc.)
  • Be comfortable with the idea of being on a boat and/or have prior experience on boats
  • Possess or be able to obtain a passport and be willing and able to travel to an international location


Argonaut Program Application Information

JASON Argonaut candidates will complete and submit their application materials by the January 15, 2017 deadline. Student and Educator Argonauts will be selected and notified in the Spring of 2017.


For more information about the program and application process, visit the 2017 Argonaut application page on the JASON website at


About JASON Learning

JASON Learning is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Named for the mythological Greek explorer, JASON is a nationally acclaimed, exploration-based program that links students—inside the classroom and out—to real science and scientists through technology-intensive, inquiry-based curricular experiences.


JASON's multimedia curricular experiences for K–12 students—and corresponding professional development for educators—works in a wide variety of formal and informal education environments. In independent evaluations, JASON has been shown to increase student interest, motivation, and achievement in STEM; increase student interest in and knowledge about careers in STEM; and increase educators’ science content knowledge, confidence, and ability to teach science effectively. Reaching more than two million students annually, JASON’s programs are used in all 50 states and in more than 170 countries. Learn more at  

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