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URI Narragansett Bay Classroom to Host
JASON Project 2003 Teacher Training Sessions

Narragansett, RI -- June 21, 2002 -- The 2003 JASON Project: From Sea to Shore, which will take place from January 27 to February 7, will explore the terrestrial and marine ecosystems that extend from California’s coast to the Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary to discover how such systems affect life on Earth.

To prepare teachers and group leaders to participate in JASON XIV, they are encouraged to attend one of two training sessions hosted by the URI Office of Marine Programs. Teacher training will take place on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, September 28. Each training session will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Coastal Institute Visitor Center on the URI Narragansett Bay Campus.

Teachers or group leaders who attend a training session will receive a JASON Project video, a copy of the 2003 JASON curriculum, supplementary materials, and an access code for the Team JASON online interactive learning components.

Trainees will learn to tailor JASON activities and exercises to fit classroom settings, and explore how to use these activities to meet state and national science standards. They will review JASON topics, learn how to adapt JASON activities for different age levels, and discover new ways to view the live expedition broadcasts via Internet-based interactive videoconferencing in the classroom. The fee for the workshop is $20 for Rhode Island teachers and group leaders and $50 for others. Preregistration is required.

JASON XIV, led by JASON Project founder and URI Graduate School of Oceanography faculty member Dr. Robert Ballard, will engage students and teachers in an exciting journey to explore the unique Channel Islands region of California. This area includes the Channel Islands National Park, the waters of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and the densely populated California coastline, and will serve as a "laboratory" for studying nature's dynamic systems. More information about the 2003 JASON Project can be found at

For information or to sign up for a training session, register a class or group, or purchase individual tickets, call the URI Office of Marine Programs at 401-874-6211.

Contact: Lisa Cugini, 874-6642,

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