Teacher, student to join study group in Bahamas this summer

Pictured at McAuliffe Middle School are (from left): Jodi Barber-Harris, Secondary Science Coordinator; Shanee Rolling, Joran Rolling’s mother; Joran Rolling, 2016 FBISD Jason Student Argonaut; Mary Brewster, McAuliffe Middle School Principal; Patrick Watson, AVID Teacher; and Katherine Harris, Secondary Science Helping Teacher.

Pictured at McAuliffe Middle School are (from left): Jodi Barber-Harris, Secondary Science Coordinator; Shanee Rolling, Joran Rolling’s mother; Joran Rolling, 2016 FBISD Jason Student Argonaut; Mary Brewster, McAuliffe Middle School Principal; Patrick Watson, AVID Teacher; and Katherine Harris, Secondary Science Helping Teacher.

Fort Bend ISD administrators recently led a “Prize Patrol” to two district middle schools to surprise one teacher and one student with the news of their selection as 2016 Jason Argonauts and to present them with gifts (including a giant-sized passport, certificates, flowers and balloons).

Honored as the 2016 FBISD Jason Educator Argonaut is Julia Dolive, a science teacher at Dulles Middle School; and recognized as the 2016 FBISD Jason Student Argonaut is Joran Rolling, an eighth-grade student at McAuliffe Middle School. The two will represent FBISD as they travel to the Cape Eleuthera Institute on the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas July 15-21.

JASON Learning, a world-renowned science education organization, in partnership with 12 Houston-area school districts and with generous support from Chevron, will lead scientific expeditions to the Bahamas and Alaska in the summer. Dolive and Rolling are among 22 groups of students and educators from the Houston area to join the research team as “Student and Educator Argonauts.” The Argonauts were selected through a competitive application process in the winter of the current school year.

“I am super excited and honored that I was chosen as the Jason Educator Argonaut,” said Dolive. “I kept telling my students, ‘You have to apply,’ and now I am living proof that a wish can come true. I am so thankful that Chevron is supporting this experience for educators and students, and can’t wait to join the research teams in the Bahamas.”

Rolling was also thrilled to receive the news of his selection as FBISD’s Jason Student Argonaut. “It’s really a shock to me. I didn’t know I would get picked,” he said. “I’m honored to be a part of the program, and am excited about all the things I’ll learn this summer.”

As “Student and Educator Argonauts,” Dolive and Rolling will participate in an intensive hands-on research experience with resident and visiting scientists engaged in a diversity of marine and environmental science projects and sustainability.

“Our Argonaut program connects students and educators with real scientists to teach and inspire a love of exploration and inquiry, promote self-confidence, and develop leadership skills,” said Dr. Eleanor Smalley, Chief Operating Officer of JASON.

Funding provided by Chevron assures that all travel, lodging, food, programming and equipment costs related to the Houston-area Argonauts activities will be covered in full.

Since 1990, JASON’s National Argonaut Program has provided hands-on, scientific field work to more than 480 competitively selected students and educators worldwide. Many of them have gone on to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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