Club Members Nate Hoffman, Ben Johnson, David Heacock and Joe Johnson accept one of five awards they captured
COURT HOUSE - For the second consecutive year, The Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program fielded a rookie team to the Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch Challenge, and captured top awards. The Cyber Explorers 4-H Club High School team, comprised of David Heacock, Nate Hoffman and Ben and Joe Johnson captured the award for overall winner in the High School Division. Avid Star Wars fans, the team of four constructed an underwater ROV they dubbed “The Depth Star” to compete in the annual challenge held at Drexel University. “The force was with them.” laughs Cape May County 4-H Agent, Julie Karavan.
The High School team also received second place for poster presentation, third place for pool performance and an honorable mention for their engineering design notebook. The team’s impressive performance marks the first time in the competition’s 8 year history that the award for overall champion and Design Process was awarded to the same team. “These kids own this honor,” explained Karavan. “These boys stepped up, persevered and achieved.”
The Cyber Explorers fielded an expanded Middle School team including returning members Solomon Griffith and Luke Karavan. Griffith and Karavan were joined by new members Spencer Hoffman, Joshua Zozzarro, Josiah Zozzarro, Kaylee Todd, Johnathan Todd, and the club’s young intern; Caleb Todd. The Middle School team received a third place award for their engineering design notebook and an honorable mention for their poster presentation.
CyberExplorers 4-H Club thanks Mike Marano from Montego Bay Resort in North Wildwood for generously providing pool time for practice with the underwater ROVS, as well as 4-H Program Advisory Council for their grant to the club and club parents and leaders for their support and guidance.
Cape May County 4-H Agent Julie Karavan founded the CyberExplorers 4-H Club in 2010. Now a member of the Rutgers faculty, Karavan hopes to develop additional marine science and technology programs in Cape May. In partnership with Rutger’s Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences and the University of Delaware, Cape May County 4-H is offering an Aquatic Robotics day camp for 6th – 8th grade students at the Nature Center of Cape May. The camp will be held August 5th – 9th from 9 am - 2 pm daily. Registration is $300 with a $50 discount for registered 4-H members and members of NJ Audubon/ Nature Center of Cape May. The camp will include engineering challenges and exploration of marine technology used to collect data. For more information about 4-H programs, call 465-5115, x605, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.