Cumberland County 4-H Presents at National Marine Educators Conference

CUMBERLAND COUNTY - Cumberland County 4-H Agent Julie Karavan was awarded the Expanding Audiences Scholarship to attend the National Marine Educators Association Conference in Newport Rhode Island, held from Monday, June 29th through Thursday, July 2nd.
Karavan was invited to present two professional development workshops related to her extension teaching and practice in Cumberland County.
Aquatic Robotics was designed to offer educators information and hands-on experience with two marine robotics platforms Karavan has taught: SeaPerch and Waterbotics. Karavan adapted the waterbotics curriculum for younger audiences at the Millville Schools Club 21st Century Program in July of 2014. A shortened version of the program was offered at the 4-H Center to 20 Bridgeton Pathways 21st Century summer camp students.
While serving as County 4-H Agent in Cape May, Karavan fielded three award winning teams to the Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch Challenge and utilized the underwater robots in school enrichment programs.
“It’s pretty amazing to talk with educators from all over the country about replicating a program that started with just a handful of kids in one of New Jersey’s poorest counties” said Karavan. “I’m grateful to folks like Cindy Angelo of the Cumberland Empowerment Zone and Nancy Quay at Millville’s Club 21 for being ready and willing to innovate with our students.”
Karavan also presented All Hands on Deck, an experiential learning workshop on marine debris and video assessment with Jessica Servis of US Sailing.

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