Students plumb the oceans deep with explorer Fabien Cousteau and Skype

Students from Willard Elementary School in New Jersey Skyped recently with Fabien Cousteau, who is 63 feet below the water’s surface in the Aquarius marine research lab. Photo by Cecily Healy.

Oceanographic explorer Fabien Cousteau is making history with Mission 31, which celebrates the 50thanniversary of his grandfather Jacques Cousteau’s mission of living 30 days underwater. Mission 31, now underway in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, adds one extra day to the journey.

From his underwater home in the Aquarius marine research lab, Cousteau is using Skype to reach out to young students to show them both the tight quarters inside a real working lab and the beauty of the marine life around him.

In addition to Skype, Cousteau’s team is using Instagram, Twitter chats and classroom sessions via streaming video at mission-31.com to give millions of people a rare glimpse into the intense life of living below sea level.

If you’re a teacher and want to get your students involved, visit Exploring Oceans on the Skype in the classroom site, and to learn more, head over to the Skype Social Good blog.

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· Winners of Mission 31 Lumia photo competition join aquanauts off Key Largo
· Skype helps students around the world explore remote region of the Arctic
· Work Wonders Project is already starting to do just that using Office 365

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff