Fearless is excited to announce that we have been awarded a contract supporting the Curriculum + Community Enterprise for Restoration Science program. The Billion Oyster Project Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science (BOP-CCERS) aims to improve STEM education in public schools by linking teaching and learning to ecosystem restoration and engaging students in hands-on environmental field science during their regular school day. The project also strongly emphasizes the use of computer science and digital tools for environmental monitoring, citizen science, stewardship, and advocacy.

BOP-CCERS is a research-based partnership initiative between New York Harbor FoundationPace UniversityNew York City Department of EducationColumbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth ObservatoryNew York Academy of SciencesUniversity of Maryland Center for Environmental ScienceNew York AquariumThe River Project, and Good Shepherd Services. The group is a diverse community of students and teachers, professional scientists and citizen scientist volunteers, schools, universities, businesses, and community organizations, all working together to conduct oyster restoration-based scientific research in New York Harbor.

We will be supporting the program by developing an integrated unique online learning and field science digital platform for real time data collection and research.   

“We feel very fortunate to be welcomed into the CCERS family as the provider of the Billion Oyster Project CCERS Digital Platform that will serve much of NYCDOE, the largest public school system in the country. Science and environmental restoration education, saving the harbor, saving the oysters, getting students excited about STEM…..and we get to do all of our development open source? This project was a huge no-brainer.  This is the type of stuff we live for!”

– Delali Dzirasa, President, Fearless


CCERS- Logo FINAL 10.2015About CCERS

CCERS is a collaborative community of students and teachers, professional scientists and citizen scientist volunteers, schools, universities, businesses, and community organizations, all working together to conduct oyster restoration-based scientific research in New York Harbor. Our work is premised on a fundamental principle that schools and communities can and should play direct, active, and authentic roles in the ecological restoration and stewardship of the planet, especially in places where local habitats and species have been severely degraded by human development. Our theory of change is that school is made more meaningful and student learning enhanced when curricula are aligned to a local restoration ecology project that requires students to conduct authentic problem solving, data collection, experimentation, and research. Our work is funded through a three-year educational research grant from the National Science Foundation, Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings. The NSF funded research consortium has articulated an educational model known as “Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science” (CCERS). BOP Schools and Citizen Science serves as the local anchor project of CCERS. CCERS is led by principal investigators and senior personnel from Pace University School of Education, New York Harbor Foundation, New York City Department of Education’s Office of STEM, Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, New York Academy of Sciences, and the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science. Local implementing partners include Good Shepherd Services, New York Aquarium-WCS, The River Project, and Cell Motion Labs/BioBase. In total, our ten core partners are collectively responsible for development of the CCERS model, its five programmatic pillars, and for helping to chart the course of the BOP Schools and Citizen Science Program, the long-term anchor project of the model. Contact information; Lauren Birney lbirney@pace.edu and Sam Janis sj@nyharbor.org.

bop_200pxAbout The Billion Oyster Project

BOP is an ecosystem restoration and education project aimed at restoring one billion live oysters to New York Harbor and engaging hundreds of thousands of school children through restoration based STEM education programs.  Students at New York Harbor School have been growing and restoring oysters in New York Harbor for the last six years.  They have learned to SCUBA dive safely, raise oyster larvae, operate and maintain vessels, build and operate commercial-scaled oyster nurseries, design underwater monitoring equipment and conduct long-term authentic research projects all in the murky, contaminated, fast moving waters of one of the busiest ports in the country.  Together and with the help of many partners these students have restored over eleven million oysters. Thirty-six public schools have partnered with the project to provide authentic, place-based science and math lessons through the lens of oyster restoration.  Each year, thousands of students participate in these learning opportunities.

logo_symbolAbout Fearless

Fearless is a software shop that builds presentations while maximizing performance. We turn complex data or processes into creative applications that are intuitive and beneficial to the user. To ensure maximum software performance, we streamline and automate developer, operation, security, and testing processes to drastically increase their efficiency.

Our team comprises designers and developers who have a deep understanding of cutting edge technology and trends, and leverage this knowledge to solve problems. Our developers are experienced enough to know the ins and outs of the industry, but inventive enough not to be bound by convention and to seek out the most creative solution to a problem. We are passionate about being surprisingly different by the work we do, problems we solve, and difference we make.


This work was supported by the National Science Foundation through NSF DRL1440869.