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LU hosts JASON Project for Southeast Texas students

DemonstrationSoutheast Texas students are engaging in fun and educational activities to foster their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields until Jan. 24 with the help of the JASON Project at Lamar University.

“The JASON Project brings the subject to life,” said Margaret Vershel, 5th grade reading and language teacher at Sallie Curtis Elementary. “We come every year because the kids get more hands on experience. It’s great to see different experts across a variety of fields teach the information.”

Students are shown a JASON video, produced by Lamar’s Department of Communications, and are introduced to this year’s JASON Project subject, “The Climate: Seas of Change.” JASON host researchers and national Argonauts teach students about nature and the importance of the earth’s oceans, while investigating how energy flow influences climate, and how scientists work to predict earth’s climate future.

Lab example“I learned from the video about how water can change bodies of land and how sea levels are rising because temperatures are rising,” said Grayson DeMoss, a 5th grader at Sallie Curtis Elementary. “I like the experiments we’ve done so far. They’re fun and I learn a lot.”

After learning from presentations from scientists, engineers, mathematicians, oceanographers, and other professionals in the STEM fields, students attend interactive sessions with STEM activities.

“We teach about water conservation and its importance to the students,” said Emilee Bean, Ag & Natural Resources County Extension Agent. “It’s great to encourage future generations to conserve and to start teaching them early on how conservation impacts them.”

Funded by grants, as well as donations, Southeast Texas regional schools have participated in the JASON Project since 2001 and are provided curriculum to use in their own classrooms.

To learn more about the program, visit www.jason.org.