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Jonas Diño                                                                                                                                                                                     Jan. 24, 2003

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Phone: 650/604-5612 or 650/604-9000

E-mail: jonas.g.dino@nasa.gov


RELEASE: 03-07 AR

 

NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: Media representatives are invited to cover JASON XIV "From Shore to Sea" activities at NASA Ames Research enter, Moffett Field Calif., Jan. 27 through Feb. 7, 2003. This year's event will focus on the unique habitat in and around California's Channel Islands. Students will begin each day with an interactive one-hour broadcast from the Channel Islands and culminate with hands-on activities at 'JASON City' located in Hangar 211. Broadcasts start at 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., PST. To arrange an interview with Bay Area Argonaut, Lauren Dunec, contact JASON Public Affairs at 703/276-2772 ext. 13 or pr@jason.org. To reach NASA Ames, from San Francisco, Take US 101 south; from San Jose take US 101 north to Moffett Field exit. Please call Jonas Diño to confirm attendance at 650/604-5612. U.S. media must bring valid picture ID. Foreign media must call ahead to request clearance.

 

JASON AND JUNIOR ARGONAUTS TO 'COME ASHORE' AT NASA AMES

 

Using NASA's unique capabilities, approximately 12,000 students from more than 200 Bay Area schools will soon have an exceptional opportunity to explore California's coast as few have.

 

From Jan. 23 through Feb. 7, 2003, NASA Ames Research Center, in California's Silicon Valley will be hosting JASON XIV. Entitled "From Shore to Sea," this year's expedition will focus on the unique habitats in and around the Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif.

 

"The JASON Project is an example of NASA's commitment to inspire the next generation of explorers. By joining together with the JASON Project, NASA is connecting teachers and students with real science in a way that both infuses the classroom with the excitement of discovery and provides students with a significant high-energy educational experience. This is one of the best demonstrations of how technology can be used to revolutionize education," said Tom Clausen of NASA Ames' education office.

 

Students attending JASON XIV will be participating in one of 40 live, one-hour broadcasts from the Channel Islands, where they will be interacting with a premier research team led by Dr. Robert Ballard and specially trained student and teacher Argonauts. During the broad, Ballard and the Argonauts will be answering questions, conducting interactive quizzes and showing the students the habitats they have been studying in the classroom. After the broadcast, students will participate in a variety of hands-on activities in NASA Ames' Hangar N211.

 

"All of us here at NASA Ames are excited and proud to support the JASON project. It will be great to welcome the students and watch their faces light up with excitement as they put to use what they have learned in the classroom at the live broadcasts and JASON City," said Will Shaw, NASA Ames JASON coordinator.

 

This year, Castilleja School 9th grader, Lauren Dunec from Palo Alto, was selected to participate as one of the 28 student Argonauts. She was chosen from a pool of thousands of applicants because of her interest in underwater research and her initiative to become a certified diver so she could fully participate in the research. She will be sharing her Channel Island adventure with over one million students worldwide through her daily journals; live Web casts and chats, one-hour digital labs and a Web photo gallery.

 

As part of NASA's mission to 'understand and protect the home planet,' NASA will be assisting Dr. Ballard and the Argonauts by collecting environmental data using the Terra and Aqua satellites. NASA engineers will also be using small-uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAV) to collect additional data. Part of the data collected will help Ballard's team to determine the health of the region's vegetation including the Channel's famed kelp forests.

 

The Channel Islands were chosen as a research site because of its unique and diverse habitats and culturally rich past. The area of study includes the Channel Islands National Pak, the waters of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and the densely populated California coastline.

 

 The JASON Project is a multi-disciplinary program that sparks the imagination of students and enhances the classroom experience. From oceans to rain forests, from polar regions to volcanoes, the JASON Project explores planet Earth and exposes students to leading scientists who work with them to examine its biological and geological development.

 

For more information about JASON XIV broadcasts and activities, visit:

 

http://amesnews.arc.nasa.gov/releases/2003/jason/jason.html

 

More information about the JASON Project can be found at:

 

http://www.jason.org/jason14/home

 

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