JASON Project
55 Coogan Blvd.
Mystic CT 06355-1927
Contact Information
Address 55 Coogan Blvd.
Mystic, CT 06355-1927
Telephone (860) 572-5955 x553
Fax 860-572-4734
E-mail kgarofano@searesearch.org
Web and Social Media

JASON Learning connects students with life-long, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning experiences enriched with mentors and role models to foster long-term academic and career success.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1989
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
CEO/Executive Director Stephen Coan
Board Chair Dr. Robert D. Ballard
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ocean Exploration Trust
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years

JASON Learning connects students with life-long, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning experiences enriched with mentors and role models to foster long-term academic and career success.


Founded in 1989 by Dr. Robert D. Ballard, famed discoverer of the sunken RMS Titanic, JASON Learning provides STEM curricular experiences for K-12 students and professional development for educators in a wide variety of formal and informal educational environments, including classrooms, after-school programs, and summer camps. JASON's effective standards-based curricula have won more than a dozen national awards for inspiring and motivating students in STEM. The flexible instructional materials are easy to use and empowering for science teachers and youth service providers alike. Each comprehensive JASON program includes reading selections, hands-on activities, videos, and online games for students, and detailed lesson plans, implementation tips, and a powerful digital platform for educators and youth service providers. JASON's multimedia curricula covers core content areas and can be used as a replacement for traditional textbooks or as enriching supplemental materials.

JASON values its strong partnerships with premier public and private organizations such as NOAA, NASA, National Geographic Society, U.S. Department of Energy, Smithsonian Institution, Battelle, and Chevron. JASON reaches over two million students and educators annually. Its programs are used in every state in the United States and internationally in over 150 countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. An independent 3-year evaluation concluded that JASON not only engages diverse students in ways that are more powerful than the typical science classroom activities, but also teaches students critical 21st century skills.

In 2010, Sea Research Foundation, based in Mystic, CT and the parent organization of Mystic Aquarium, assumed management of JASON Learning. Although the two organizations are separate nonprofit entities, they each lend their distinct resources and partnerships to create a unique synergy for serving Connecticut youth.


2013 Accomplishments:

1. Received a federal multistate mentoring award from the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to implement Immersion Mentoring within 35 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide (Oct. 2013 – Sept. 2015)

2. Developed print and online multimedia middle school curriculum on oceanography and climate entitled: Climate: Seas of Change.

3. Conducted over 50 professional development workshops with educators, trained hundreds of teachers, impacted hundreds of thousands of students.


2014 Goals:

1. Develop online multimedia middle school curriculum on Wetlands entitled: Wetlands: Race to Restore.

2. Formalize partnership with AASA (Association of School Board Administrators) to dramatically expand reach and impact of JASON.

3. Increase impact / reach through educators by 10%


In today’s increasingly global world, the importance of STEM has never been greater. Employment in STEM occupations is expected to grow significantly over the next decade.

Sadly as STEM education is becoming more critical to our continued economic growth, the U.S. is becoming less competitive. STEM fields accounted for just 18% of bachelor’s degrees in 2009, as opposed to 24% in 1985. Mexico, Canada, and many European nations graduate more STEM students as a share of all degrees than the U.S. does. Also in 2009, fifteen-year-old American students ranked 25th in math and 17th in science in the Program for International Student Assessment, an international study which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide.

JASON Learning seeks to be a part of this solution. JASON’s proven, comprehensive programming combines professional development for formal and informal educators, printed and electronic curricula, a robust digital learning platform, and live interaction with scientists and other career role models.

JASON’s primary needs are to find support to 1) deliver all of its program pieces to educators and students such that participants are provided with a comprehensive, wraparound STEM education, and 2) develop new curricula, technology-driven games, and other supporting resources.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Areas Served
East Haven
Lower Naugatuck Valley
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
State wide
West Haven

JASON Learning is a nonprofit organization managed by Sea Research Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the National Geographic Society. Each comprehensive JASON program includes reading selections, hands-on activities, videos, and online games for students, and lesson plans, implementation tips, and a powerful digital platform for educators. Live, interactive events throughout the year connect participants with inspirational STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) role models. JASON’s in-school curricula cover core content areas and can be used as replacements for traditional textbooks or as enriching supplemental materials. JASON’s after-school offerings, which include the popular Immersion Learning program, bring the thrill of scientific discovery to students in Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, 21st Century Learning Centers, and other out-of-school settings.

Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

Extensive third-party evaluations have shown that JASON:

• Increases students' science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) engagement and academic achievement; and
• Improves teacher efficacy while enabling educators without a science background to teach the subject.

These outcomes are sought for every community that JASON is brought to.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

Through complementary in-school and after-school offerings, JASON offers the unique opportunity to “double dose” participating youth in STEM content, providing a comprehensive, wrap-around approach to learning critical 21st century skills. In providing these resources, JASON seeks to empower educators and transform the way in which STEM education is delivered to students.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

JASON’s innovative in- and out-of-school programming seeks to enhance the capacity of Connecticut educators to offer hands-on, technology-rich, in-school programming as a means to engage youth in STEM. To gauge program success, JASON:

• Tracks evidence of program effect on student performance, progress, engagement, and usage
• Tracks evidence of program effect on teacher content knowledge, instructional practice, and usage

Evaluation activities encompass both qualitative and quantitative methods, and include teacher and student surveys and student content knowledge assessments. Data is used to assess JASON’s degree of success and also address program challenges as needed.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

In the 2013-14 school year, JASON implemented its proven out-of-school program in an extended learning program in Connecticut. JASON has worked with the district for three years, providing programming about a variety of STEM topics. As youth learned about the underwater technology used to explore the deep oceans, and then construct and test their own model Remotely Operating Vehicle (ROV), one student was particularly affected. His interest was piqued with the Titanic curriculum and then bolstered with a subsequent curriculum about the exploration vessel Nautilus. Building a working ROV was quite an accomplishment for this student, who had struggled with behavior issues, was disconnected from his peers, and struggling academically. Through his participation in this program, extended learning staff were able to connect with him, and he has extended his learning into his home, sharing his interests with staff and families alike.

CEO/Executive Director
Stephen Coan
Term Start Sept 2010
Email ntreadway@searesearch.org
Number of Full Time Staff 12
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 0
Staff Retention Rate 75%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 1 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Chair
Dr. Robert D. Ballard
Company Affiliation Ocean Exploration Trust
Term June 1989 to Dec 2014
Board of Directors
Stephen M. Coan
John Fahey
Terry Garcia
Jerrold T. Lundquist
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 0
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue $5,500,000.00
Projected Expenses $4,700,000.00
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Form 990s
Form 9902012
Form 9902011
Form 9902010
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
501c3 letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201220112010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$3,528,398$6,440,864$7,034,963
Administration Expense$2,006,239$842,079$2,159,485
Fundraising Expense----$4,516
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.810.570.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses64%88%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%16%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$1,770,240$569,307$2,782,208
Current Assets$1,729,626$366,662$2,322,147
Long-Term Liabilities$4,000,000$2,192,545$1,812,545
Current Liabilities$1,419,006$959,690$424,888
Total Net Assets($3,648,766)($2,582,928)$544,775
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201220112010
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountClaude Moore Foundation $25,000 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEdvisors $12,500 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.220.385.47
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets226%385%65%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address 55 Coogan Blvd.
Mystic, CT 063551927
Primary Phone 860 572-5955 553
CEO/Executive Director Stephen Coan
Board Chair Dr. Robert D. Ballard
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ocean Exploration Trust


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