Chevron presents Cy-Fair ISD with funding for Jason Project

A representative from Chevron Corporation presented Cypress-Fairbanks ISD with a check during the regularly scheduled Board meeting to support the district’s future participation in the Jason Project.

Sponsored by Chevron, the Jason Project connects students to real science and exploration to inspire and motivate them to pursue careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

Cy-Fair ISD middle school curriculum coaches and science teachers have begun training for the Jason Project, which will be unveiled at all 17 middle school campuses in the 2013-2014 school year. Chevron Houston public affairs manager Joni Baird presented a check worth $247,600 to fund the yearlong initiative.

“We are very excited about the Jason Project and honored to have been selected to participate in this initiative,” says Dr. Linda Macias, associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction and accountability. “We anticipate impactful long-term effects on our students as they participate in engaging lessons regarding science and technology, which hopefully carry over as they make course selections for high school.”

Named for the mythological Greek explorer, Jason’s inquiry-based science modules place students in challenging, real-world situations where they connect with renowned scientists. Jason involves students in hands-on labs and assignments that complement descriptions, vocabulary and the standards on which students are tested for earth, physical and life science topics. Scientific partners include NASA, NOAA and National Geographic.

The Jason Project is an independent 501(c)(3) operated in association with National Geographic Society and managed by Sea Research Foundation. For details, visit www.jason.org.

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Chevron Houston public affairs manager Joni Baird, center,
presents Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools, and Bob Covey, Board president