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FROM MARS TO THE DEEP SEA FOR FIFE BUSINESS

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September 10, 2021

A Fife start-up business has launched a new online interactive experience at the long-standing and pioneering Orkney International Science Festival.

The ‘Dive Into the Deep’ challenge experience, was created by Cerebral Ape and launched during a virtual science festival event on Saturday (4th September). The experience allows participants to navigate a deep sea robot over a realistic ocean floor model, and complete objectives whilst learning about the secrets of the deep sea.

Stuart Rogers, who started Cerebral Ape last year, after being made redundant, created this second experience in a bid to draw attention to what’s going on under the sea, as well as highlight how we can play a part in looking after the marine landscape. His first experience, ‘Mission to Mars’, enables participants to control a robotic rover to perform tasks on a realistic Martian landscape.

Stuart Rogers of Cerebral Ape commented:

“I’m really excited to launch ‘Dive Into the Deep’, a new interactive experience, which I showcased at the 31st Orkney International Science Festival on Saturday. It was a great platform to showcase my work, whilst also providing an educational insight about the marine environment.

“I’m fascinated by the world’s oceans and their offering. The deeper you descend, the more compelling the mysteries! It is this that ‘Dive Into the Deep’ delivers.”

Stuart, who lives in Wormit, has a degree in Marine Ecology, and it was always his plan to create a second experience, this time focusing on marine life.

The launch of ‘Dive Into the Deep’ follows the successful roll-out of ‘Mission to Mars’, which Stuart has been able to demonstrate to young participants of Raytheon’s Quadcopter Challenge in partnership with Fife Council’s Culture of Enterprise. Stuart has become actively engaged with the Culture of Enterprise Programme, having been a Raytheon Quadcopter Challenge judge, and supporting the delivery of the Coding Academy, which has just been launched to P6-7 pupils.

Stuart added:

"It was great to participate as a judge in the 2021 Quadcopter challenge run by Raytheon, and see it invest in the STEM professionals of the future by delivering such a dynamic project. In addition, it was inspiring to the see the technical ability, diversity, and enthusiasm of all the participants. I’m really keen to develop that relationship and work closely with Fife Council’s Culture of Enterprise Framework, as I develop and grow Cerebral Ape.”

Stuart has also been extremely supportive of other Culture of Enterprise STEM initiatives, including its 3D printing programmes by supporting video content, to help explain the process to pupils.

Ann Camus, Enterprise and Business Development Manager at Fife Council, commented:

“Stuart is an important addition to our Culture of Enterprise Programme. His involvement ensures that young people working on several of our programmes, such as the Virtual Coding Academy and Raytheon’s Quadcopter Challenge, can get first-hand insight and experiences from a business owner and a specialist in his field. This is invaluable for inspiring future entrepreneurs.”

Ann added:

“The Culture of Enterprise Framework is an important link between education and industry. Without it, children will miss out on gaining key skills, such as commercial awareness, problem solving, communication and decision making. It’s vital that we continue to engage with primary and secondary schools as well as businesses in Fife to ensure that together we can inspire our future generation.”

For more information on Fife Council’s Culture of Enterprise Programme, email: fifemeansbusiness@fife.gov.uk.

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