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The Jason Project

44983 Knoll Square
Ashburn, VA 20147
http://www.jason.org

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Contact Information:
Dr. Robert Ballard
Chairman
703.726.4232
info@jason.org

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Elementary
Middle School

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

Clusters/Groups

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

The JASON Project connects students with great explorers and great events to inspire and motivate them to learn science. Our award winning curricula: Embed cutting-edge research from NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Geographic Society and other leading organizations. Allow leading scientists to work side by side with JASON students. Challenge students to apply their knowledge to the real-world scenarios scientists face every day.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Computer Assisted Instruction, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, GED, Service Learning, Alternative Education, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: 1989
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low achievement

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Foundations
Donations

Teachers

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Computer/Internet Based

National Geographic

Evaluation Information:

Multiyear independent evaluations by the Center for Children and Technology indicate the JASON curriculum has: had a positive impact on students' science learning, positively influenced their perceptions of scientists and of becoming scientists, and helped diverse students grasp a deeper understanding of complex scientific content, concepts, and technologies. Read this report SRI Independent researchers at SRI International also found that teachers who completed JASON's online graduate courses made statistically significant gains in content knowledge compared with a control group.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

Additional Evaluation Information:
http://www.jason.org/public/Works/WorksResearch.aspx

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