Starting June 1, Mission 31 will offer free general-interest oceanography courses online, powered by Cerego. The two teams have been collaborating since March to create a groundbreaking online experience for anyone inspired to learn more about Cousteau’s journey, and the science and technology behind the mission.
Mission 31’s online courses will be accompanied by flexible lesson plans for ongoing use. Teachers will be able to access and download the full curriculum for free. Additionally, Cousteau and his team will conduct Skype video calls with classrooms around the world to bring discoveries to life.
The relationship with Mission 31 is the latest in a long list of platform deals for Cerego, including integrations with Harvard and MIT’s massive open online course EdX; the K-12 curriculum of award-winning national charter school network Academica; a new adaptive study application for health professionals developed with world-leading scientific publisher Elsevier; and the “Quantified Brain” project with neuroscientific technology company Interaxon and Professor Jan Plass of New York University.
The overarching theme for Mission 31 is the human-ocean connection within the lens of exploration and discovery. Cerego, a digitally-savvy advocacy organization, sought a way to engage the Mission 31 community worldwide, not only during the mission, but long after it is complete.
"Cerego’s technology is exciting and will help us meet our education goals for the mission,” said Cousteau. "The platform is a unique way for us to generate more STEM content beyond the traditional classroom through an intuitive learning system.”
Mission 31’s courses will focus on building foundational knowledge about factors impacting climate change, ocean pollution, overconsumption and the decline of biodiversity. Each course will be enhanced by Cerego’s patented learning algorithms, which track performance on an item-by-item level, measuring pace, speed of response, and accuracy to predict the best time to review.
The result will be an experience optimized for each individual that leads to long-term retention, and a core learning engine that gets more effective the more students use it. More on the science behind Cerego can be found here.
“Mission 31 is an opportunity for parents, teachers and students to dive deep into the fascinating world of underwater life. We’re delighted to collaborate with Fabien Cousteau and his team at Mission 31 to help educate students around the world about the importance of the oceans we share,” said Andrew Smith Lewis, co-founder and executive chairman of Cerego. “Together we are going to inspire the next generation of aquanauts with an unforgettable educational experience.”
Mission 31 begins on June 1st. While underwater, they will live and work in Aquarius, the world’s only underwater research lab. This will be the first time a mission of this length has ever taken place in the history of Aquarius, which is deployed 63 feet beneath the sea off the coast of Key Largo, Florida, operated by Florida International University.
Cousteau and his team will emerge from the mission, after 31 days, on July 2. This will be Fabien Cousteau’s first saturation dive, making him the first Cousteau of his generation to become an aquanaut. His grandfather and oceanic pioneer Jacques-Yves Cousteau originally proved the viability of saturation diving with a 30-day journey more than 50 years ago.
To learn more about Cerego and Mission 31, visit the Research and Education page here.
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About Fabien Cousteau:
Fabien Cousteau is an oceanographic explorer, conservationist and documentary filmmaker. As the first grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Fabien spent his early years aboard his famous grandfather’s ships, Calypso and Alcyone; and learned how to scuba dive on his fourth birthday. Today, Fabien continues to fulfill his family’s legacy to protect and preserve the planet’s extensive and endangered marine inhabitants and habitats (www.fabiencousteau.org). Fabien’s nonprofit organization, Plant A Fish is designed to empower communities and children to help restore local water ecosystems through the healthy “replanting” of key marine species with the ultimate goal of planting 1 billion “fish” worldwide (www.plantafish.org). Fabien’s Mission 31 expedition, commencing June 1, 2014, will break new ground in ocean exploration and also coincides with the 50th anniversary of a monumental legacy left by his grandfather, who is also credited with creating the first underwater habitats for humans and leading a team of ocean explorers on the first attempt to live and work underwater. Mission 31 will go deeper, longer and further while broadcasting each moment on multiple channels exposing the world to the adventure, risk and mystique of what lies beneath (www.mission-31.com).