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JASON Foundation Develops Multimedia Deep-Sea Expedition Curriculum

Posted Jul 29, 2005
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The JASON Foundation has announced JASON Adventure: Lost City Hydrothermal Vents, a deep-sea expedition to the Lost City hydrothermal vent system in the Atlantic Ocean. It is, according to the announcement, the cornerstone for a new multimedia science curriculum for 5-8 grade students that will teach standards-based science concepts through hands-on technology and real research activities. Developed by the JASON Foundation for Education, JASON Adventure: Lost City Hydrothermal Vents, will be available Fall 2005 at $49 for an online subscription and $99 for a CD/DVD of materials.

With content partners from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Exploration, the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, the University of Washington, and Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, JASON Adventure: Lost City Hydrothermal Vents will take students on a virtual journey 2,000 feet below the ocean surface alongside some of the world's leading scientists to study this unique ecosystem and explore new territory.

Four lessons, each aligned to national and selected states' standards, will examine how the Lost City hydrothermal vents formed, the chemical makeup of the ecosystem, the organisms that live there and how they survive, and the groundbreaking technology—such as state-of-the-art underwater robotic systems and satellite transmissions—scientists use to collect samples, video, and photos on the ocean floor. Students can also go behind-the-scenes to meet the Lost City expedition team members, learn about their work, and read a crewmember's journal.

Using expedition journals, video segments, interactive digital labs, inquiry-based investigations, hands-on activities, and assessments, students will learn key concepts in earth science (structure of earth's systems), life science, (unique living communities, populations, ecosystems, and diversity and adaptations of organisms), physical science (properties, changes of properties in matter, and motions and forces) and science and technology (ocean exploration technology). Geared to help teachers meet today's education challenges, JASON Adventures curriculum series aligns to leading textbooks, supports a variety of classroom models, and meets No Child Left Behind guidelines, according to the announcement. JASON's hands-on approach to learning engages students and has proven to improve learning outcomes for a variety of learners, the announcement states.

A series of onsite and online professional development courses that demonstrate how to implement the JASON Adventure curriculum into the classroom are also available. The one-day onsite course and three-week online course are facilitated by Certified JASON Trainers and offer continuing education units (CEUs).

To order JASON Adventure: Lost City Hydrothermal Vents or any professional development courses, visit More information is available at, where you can also try a sample activity.

Led by Drs. Robert Ballard and Deborah Kelley, the 2005 Lost City expedition is the result of a partnership between NOAA Office of Exploration, the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, the University of Washington, University of New Hampshire, Immersion Presents, Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration, Electronic Data Systems (EDS), National Geographic Society, and the JASON Foundation for Education.

Source: The JASON Foundation for Education, a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Geographic Society,

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