Student Keilah South and educator Sean Doyle had an adventure of a lifetime. They along with a select group of JASON Learning Argonauts from Idaho and Virginia traveled to the Bahamas where they spent a week at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) and surrounding area.
The Argos took part in hands-on research with resident and visiting scientists. Researchers at the institute engaged students in diverse projects. These ranged from marine environments to sustainable systems.
During the 12-hour days, Argos experienced outdoor excursions. They also took part in interactive educational lessons out in the field where they immersed themselves in marine ecology, conservation, and ‘green’ energy.
The Argos explored Cape Eleuthera Island’s scenic bodies of water and observed the coral reef ecology. They learned about sustainability, aquaponics farming systems and other ecosystems.
The Argos took part in green sea turtle research as well as got to collect seagrass to study epiphytes at the CEI lab. The group also collected some of the hydrophones that had been put out in November to collect data on bull sharks. They had to find them, then duck dive down with screwdrivers, clippers and more to release the hydrophones from their anchors.
The team also visited other parts of the island. The Argos visited a cave created by water dissolving limestone, which now has bats, a beach, the Banyan tree and Ocean Hole.
Aldine ISD has had a team take part in the National Argonauts program since 2013 (click on the links at end of the story to view images).
Each year, JASON Learning selects students and teachers across the country. Selection is a competitive application process.
The JASON Argonauts program is part of a collaborative public-private partnership underwritten by Chevron, which has made a financial commitment to STEM education. The acronym stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Chevron-JASON Learning partnership began when the energy corporation selected Aldine ISD in 2012 to take part in the award-winning program. JASON Learning engages and motivates students while they learn. The goal is to inspire and motivate students to pursue careers in STEM.
The Argonauts program is a great opportunity for students and teachers. They become the eyes and ears for their peers back home, experiencing firsthand what it’s like to pursue a STEM career, sharing that knowledge when they return to their local communities, and making critical real-world connections to the STEM topics they’ve learned about in the JASON classroom curricula.
Visit the JASON Learning Argonaut webpages (click here) for criteria to qualify. JASON Learning accepts Argonaut applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. Applications submitted by March 15th are guaranteed to be considered for summer and fall expeditions in that calendar year.
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