Meet Robert Ballard, JASON Project founder, Jan. 13

January 6, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

Please join Science Foundation Arizona for a reception and program featuring Oceanographer and Explorer Dr. Robert Ballard Founder and Chairman of The JASON Project and Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and discoverer of the RMS Titanic shipwreck.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

4:00pm – 6:30pm

The University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix Virginia G. Piper Auditorium, 600 East Van Buren Street, Phoenix 85004


Dr. Ballard will describe some of his notable deep-sea discoveries as well as how scientists can motivate students by bringing the thrill of discovery and exploration into the classroom. About The JASON Project Dr. Ballard founded JASON in 1989 after he discovered the RMS Titanic and thousands of students wrote him asking to join his next expedition. Today, JASON provides multimedia science curriculum and professional development to middle-grade students and teachers across the country and around the world. Named for the mythological Greek adventurer, JASON offers students and teachers a distinctive opportunity to learn through exploration, discovery and connections with real scientists. Independent evaluations have shown that JASON’s curriculum helps students grasp a deeper understanding of complex science concepts. JASON’s mission is to improve the way science is taught by allowing students to learn directly from leading scientists. Through partnerships with agencies such as NASA and NOAA, JASON immerses students in cutting-edge science with a technology-rich, multimedia curriculum.

“Our goal is to create a community in which every student feels like he or she has an important role on a real science mission. As students become inspired by scientist role models, they begin to draw on their own capacities and self-motivation to explore the answers on their own. This opens the door to real learning. It is a life-changing experience and we see it at JASON every day.” — Caleb M. Schutz, President, The JASON Project

For more information on The JASON Project, visit

The JASON Project would like to thank The University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix and The Arizona STEM Education Center at Science Foundation Arizona for helping make this event possible.