JASON Learning accepting Student, Educator Argonaut applications

November 17, 2016

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Cypress Lakes freshman Laura Gonzalez and a Humble ISD student filet harvested tilapia from the aquaponics lab during the JASON Argonaut trip to Cape Eleuthera Institute in The Bahamas in July 2016.

Nov. 17, 2016—JASON Learning, the world-renowned science education organization sponsored by Chevron, is seeking “Student and Educator Argonauts” to join a scientific expedition at one of multiple potential locations this summer.

JASON announced that 22 of the coveted Argonaut team spots will be reserved for students and educators from the Houston region—including one student and teacher from CFISD.

Last year, Thornton Middle School eighth-grade student (and current Cypress Lakes freshman) Laura Gonzalez and Hamilton Middle School seventh-grade science teacher Kristi Pearson were chosen as the Student and Educator Argonauts, respectively, working at the Cape Eleuthera Institute in The Bahamas.

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Hamilton Middle School seventh-grade science teacher Kristi Pearson learns how to drive the boat during a snorkeling adventure off the coast of Cape Eleuthera in the Bahamas. 

JASON Argonauts will embark on a life-changing journey, working side-by-side with scientists and engineers in the field. Student and Educator Argonauts will spend anywhere from 3-10 days in the field during the summer or fall of 2017, depending on the expedition they are selected to participate in. Argonauts serve as ambassadors and role models for the JASON community, and may participate in speaking events related to the program before and after their field experience.

JASON Learning, with generous support from Chevron and the Argonaut Program’s other sponsors, covers expenses for all related lodging, food, programming and equipment costs related to the Argonaut experience.

CFISD is sponsoring a Student Argonaut among current seventh- and eighth-grade students who have participated in JASON in some capacity. Student applicants must utilize teacher mentors to assist them through the Argonaut application process.

Other potential Student Argonauts are eligible to compete in the national pool of applicants, and must be between 13-17 years old by June 1, 2017.

Educator Argonauts should have at least five years of experience working with students, have plans to continue as an educator in the 2017-2018 school year, and have used JASON in an educational setting.

According to JASON, 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, including snorkeling, swimming, boating, small/confined spaces, heights or adverse weather conditions (temperature extremes, precipitation, wind, etc.);
  • be comfortable with traveling by plane/boat and/or have prior experience on a plane/boat; and
  • possess or be able to obtain a passport and be willing and able to travel to an international location.

Applications are being accepted now with a deadline of Jan. 15, 2017. Argonaut selection will be finalized in early spring 2017, and all applicants will be notified of their status in late spring 2017.

For more information and to apply, visit the Argonaut page on the JASON website.

The JASON Project is in its fourth school year of partnering with CFISD through a grant provided by Chevron. 

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