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The JASON Project was started by Dr. Robert D. Ballard in 1989, and its primary goal is to connect "students with scientists and researchers in real-and near-real time, virtually and physically, to provide mentored, authentic and enriching science learning experiences." Visitors will need to create a free profile to get started here, but the process only takes a couple of minutes. The Curriculum area includes science education packages that cover subjects such as physics ("Terminal Velocity") and volcanic activity ("Tectonic Fury"). Also, the JASON Live! area is quite a bit of fun, as it features interactive events that can be viewed via the website. Some of these activities include Q&A sessions with Dr. Ballard, reports from the deep sea adventures of NOAA's Okeanos Explorer, and conversations with marine biologists. Finally, the site also includes several science contests and updates about the activities at JASON.
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