TASA/JASON Learning Partnership
TASA has established the Texas STEM Consortium to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through a partnership with JASON Learning in Texas to raise student STEM achievement using JASON curricula and professional development.
Through our partnership, JASON will provide …
- Training for 500 teachers from participating districts in two curriculum units to develop their 21st century teaching skills.
- Hands-on science activities correlated to the National Science Education Standards (NSES) and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for grades K-12
- Districtwide access to JASON Online Resources to inspire students with an engaging website that includes interactive multimedia resources
- Career role models and student exposure to a wide variety of science-related careers
Contact: To learn more about this initiative, including information on discounted rates for Texas school districts, contact Eleanor Smalley at Jason Learning, 888.527.6600
About JASON Learning
Where Kids CONNECT with Science
JASON Learning is an independent 501(c)(3) operated in partnership with National Geographic Society and Sea Research Foundation, Inc. Named for the mythological Greek explorer, JASON is a nationally acclaimed, exploration-based program that links students everywhere – inside the classroom and out – to real science and scientists through technology intensive, inquiry-based curricula.
JASON's inquiry-based science modules place students in challenging, real-world situations where they connect with renowned scientists. JASON involves students in hands-on labs and assignments that complement descriptions, vocabulary, and the standards on which students are tested for earth, physical and life science topics. The curriculum can be used in conjunction with or in place of traditional textbooks.
Each curriculum has:
- Rigorous alignment to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) content standards and National Science Education Standards (NSES)
- Interactive live and on-demand events with scientists, including webcasts and Q&As
- Effective and engaging educational games, simulations, videos, and social media
- Hands-on labs and field assignments for local investigations
- A robust website that houses student and teacher data and additional content
- Print and digital materials for both students and teachers
The curricula engages students in science inquiry through a series of "missions" structured to mirror how NOAA and NASA segment complex operations into separate endeavors. Students complete a series of missions to demonstrate proficiency and achieve an overarching goal. Each mission is introduced by a prominent scientist, or Host Researcher, who poses specific learning objectives. This framework is designed to lend authenticity to classroom lessons and evoke the excitement, teamwork, and rigor associated with real science, and to help students to develop scientific observation, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills.