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DOE Collaboration with National Geographic's JASON Project Yields Three CODiE Awards

July 28, 2010 - 1:00pm

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Washington, DC - The JASON Project's multimedia energy curriculum has earned three CODiE Awards from the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). Developed with assistance from the Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Operation: Infinite Potential explores past, current, and future challenges of energy generation, storage, and consumption.

NETL was one of four host sites used in developing the JASON Project's energy curriculum Operation: Infinite Potential. Visiting students learned about energy challenges and conducted research alongside NETL scientists.

A pool of educators and technology experts named Operation: Infinite Potential the nation's Best K-12 Instructional Solution, Best Online Instructional Solution, and Best Education Game or Simulation for 2010. The CODiE Awards are the industry's sole peer-recognition awards program, designed to celebrate excellence and vision in educational technology, digital content, and software.

The JASON Project, a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Geographic, develops multimedia science curricula for 5th - 9th grade classrooms. The curricula are designed to motivate and inspire students to pursue interests and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

To develop each unit, JASON selects a small number of teachers and student "Argonauts" to conduct fieldwork with host researchers. Interactions among teachers, students, and researchers are photographed and videotaped, and become part of the resulting curriculum.

NETL was one of four host sites used in the making of Operation: Infinite Potential. Students and teachers were also hosted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

This summer, JASON will release its geology unit, Operation: Tectonic Fury, another JASON/NETL collaboration. JASON and NETL are discussing a third collaboration, on Forces & Motion, to be released in 2011.

JASON Project website

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