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South Houston Intermediate Student, Thompson Intermediate teacher selected for JASON National Argonaut Exploration in Bahamas

South Houston Intermediate Student, Thompson Intermediate teacher selected for JASON National Argonaut Exploration in Bahamas
Posted on 05/29/2015
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South Houston Intermediate eighth grader Daniel Leon and Thompson Intermediate eighth grade teacher Carol Waters have been selected to experience the opportunity of a lifetime. They will participate in a week-long exploratory adventure at the Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas with world renowned explorers, scientists and engineers as part of the JASON National Argonaut program.

Argonauts 2015
Thompson Intermediate teacher Carol Waters and South Houston Intermediate students Daniel Leon will travel to the Bahamas this summer with the JASON National Argonaut program.

JASON Learning is a national science organization that partners with NOAA, NASA, National Geographic and others to help science come alive in the classroom and inspire students to pursue careers in STEM careers.

As part of a grant from Chevron, students and educators from 12 districts were able to join the Jason Argonaut Exploration. The process to be accepted into the program is highly rigorous and requires students and teachers to submit a video and write essays explaining why they are the best candidates.

When Leon and Waters begin their journey, they will participate in hands-on research at Cape Eleuthera collecting samples and studying aquaculture and sea life.

“This will be a new experience that I will remember for the rest of my life,” Leon said. “This is going to be a really fun experience and I know it will be a good opportunity for me.”

Leon and Waters were honored at the 2015 JASON National Argonaut Reception last Thursday in Spring Branch along with the other Argonaut explorers. They were also honored at this week’s May board meeting where the 2014 JASON Argonaut explorers student Helios Trevino, now a student at Pasadena Early College High School and educator Jessica McCoy, now a teacher at the Lewis Career and Technical High School shared their experiences.

 “This is an honor to be chosen out of all of the educators who applied. It’s going to be amazing to work with students and guide them through this process,” Waters said. “Some of the cool things about the JASON program is the passionate staff and that students get to embark on a scientific adventure and learn in the real world instead of typical classroom learning. I’m looking forward to taking a step back and seeing students flourish in that kind of environment.”

The JASON Argonaut program was made possible through a generous donation from Chevron. The district partnered with Chevron to provide JASON curriculum for middle and intermediate school students throughout the school year.

“Chevron is proud to invest in JASON Learning, which is our flagship Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program in Houston,” said Joni Baird, Chevron public affairs manager. “The program connects students with real-world science and exploration experience to inspire and motivate them to study and pursue STEM careers. With the number of STEM jobs continuing to grow in Houston, creating a strong STEM foundation in our public schools is critical to U.S. global competitiveness to our ability to create good jobs and to the overall economic strength of our great community.”

Daniel Leon

Student Daniel Leon (center in green shirt) was honored at a pep rally for being chosen to join the JASON Argonaut program for 2015. Top Row l-r: South Houston Intermediate Principal Laura Gomez, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kirk Lewis, South Houston Intermediate Assistant Principal Kristen Still and Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Richard Yoes. Bottom Row l-r: South Houston Intermediate teacher Hilary Weaver, Deputy Superintendent of Campus Development Dr. DeeAnn Powell, Daniel Leon, Daniel’s mother and sister, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Rebecca Benner and Instructional Specialist for Intermediate Science Holly Yoes.