Jason Project Explores Volcanoes

A unique science project is giving hundreds of coast students a close-up look at Hawaiian volcanoes.

The annual "Jason Project" involves a "live" satellite broadcast from Hawaii. Students at the J-L Scott Marine Education Center will be able to watch the special science broadcast.

The interactive opportunity allows the kids to ask questions over the Internet and use computer simulations to create their own "virtual volcanoes".

The Navy's Oceanography command is among the program's partners.

"And unless you're fortunate enough to own a boat or to go to sea you can't get to that environment. So through the Jason Project he brings it into the classroom. And that's the next best thing to being there," said Admiral Tom Donaldson with the Naval Oceanography Command.

The Jason Project includes five daily satellite broadcasts through February 9th.