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REF NO.: 53

SUBJECT: Cupids 400 Inc. Empowering Youth through Education Legacy Project
DATE: Nov. 1, 2010

At a media conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 2 at The Battery Hotel and Suites, St. John’s, NL, the board of directors of Cupids 400 Inc. will unveil an education initiative meant to be a lasting legacy to the youth of Newfoundland and Labrador. This technology-based project, developed over a two-year period, is a partnership with Memorial University’s Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT) – the university’s online and distance education provider. 
            Andrew Mercer, who spearheaded the initiative for Cupids 400 Inc. says, “Empowering our youth with robust knowledge and appreciation of their past can ensure the legacy of their culture and heritage. Cupids 400 Inc. recognized this fact and has facilitated the creation of several education initiatives designed to raise awareness of the historical events surrounding the settling of Cupids in 1610 and its national significance as the Birthplace of English Canada.”
The Education Legacy Initiative facilitated by Cupids 400 Inc. encompasses three exciting areas; virtual world technology, mobile learning, and multimedia curriculum resources.
Through expert technological resources provided by DELT, the settlement of 1612 Cupids was created using the cutting edge virtual world of
Second Life. In this virtual world visitors can link arm-in-arm with John Guy as he gives a tour or take part in a video game-like learning activity as they explore every nook and cranny of the 17th century English settlement.  
Ann Marie Vaughan, director of DELT, is honoured to be the educational partner in a project that is so important to the community.
“Community development is a vital part of our advancement and value as an organization here at DELT,” says Ms. Vaughan. “We believe wholeheartedly in preserving history so that present and future generations continue to have a solid sense of where they came from, through the rich storytelling culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. We feel enriched to have had the opportunity to work with the Town of Cupids, to ensure that their historical tales remain current through the use of educational technology.”
Mobile learning offers exciting new opportunities for learners to explore historical content. Cupids 400 Inc. and Memorial University developed a free Cupids 400 iPhone app that takes advantage of this new educational medium.
Through consultation with the provincial Department of Education, Cupids 400 Inc. has created multimedia learning resources to supplement existing provincial curricula in numerous grade levels. The resources, comprised of thought provoking activities centered on John Guy and the Cupids legacy, are available to teachers and students throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

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