US Cellular joins forces with nonprofit to expand K-12 STEM education

US Cellular is announcing its new nonprofit relationship with JASON Learning, an education-focused organization with headquarters based in Virginia, the company said.

As part of its commitment to advancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, US Cellular worked with JASON Learning to create a custom STEM-focused design thinking challenge targeted to students in its markets.

This “Storm Sanctuary” challenge, referred to as a “mission”, inspires students to create a connected space for communities facing natural disasters. The mission will launch in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Milwaukee, Wisconsin school districts for the 2018-2019 school year. JASON Learning will host the mission on its website where it will be accessible to all free of charge.

Founded by Dr. Robert Ballard — the famed explorer and oceanographer who discovered the Titanic in 1985 — JASON Learning develops engaging, real, and rigorous award-winning curriculum for students from kindergarten through high school. Studies have shown that students who participate in these missions significantly improve academic achievement and attitudes toward STEM careers.

US Cellular is the fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier offers coverage where the other carriers don´t and a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers´ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations.

JASON is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1989 by Dr. Robert D. Ballard. JASON provides curriculum and learning experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for K-12 students, and high-quality professional development for teachers. JASON has been used successfully in a wide variety of formal and informal education environments. Available online at jason.org, JASON´s award-winning curricula place students in challenging, real-world situations where they are connected with and mentored by STEM professionals. Learn more at www.JASON.org