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Cerego Teams Up with Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31 to Introduce Free Online Oceanography Courses
|By Business Wire
|May 30, 2014 12:01 PM EDT
the essential memory management tool, today announced that they are
teaming up with Mission
31, led by oceanic explorer Fabien Cousteau.
Starting June 1, Mission 31 will offer free general-interest
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
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
To learn more about Cerego and Mission 31, visit the Research and
Education page here.
Cerego is the essential memory management tool. We partner with great
teachers, administrators and institutions to amplify growing minds
Our team is comprised of experts in adaptive learning and memory
science. Through our core adaptive learning platform, web application
and full suite of mobile applications, we have been helping students to
enrich their lives, by learning and retaining knowledge more effectively
for over a decade.
Cerego is located in San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan. For more
information, visit: http://cerego.com/.
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).
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