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By Mary HightowerU of A System Division of Agriculture
(Newsrooms: With file images at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmgg1ypy )
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LITTLE ROCK – Fifteen 4-H teams from six counties across Arkansas will be engaging
in an underwater battle of sorts on March 31 as part of the SeaPerch Challenge to
be contested in the pool at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center.
The SeaPerch is a remotely operated submersible built from more three dozen parts
including PVC pipe, pool noodles, three 12-volt motors and batteries. During the contest,
teams must sail their SeaPerch through obstacle courses and complete other tasks such
as moving plastic rings from one part of the course and successfully place them in
another part. The idea is to ignite youth interest in science, technology, engineering
and math, or STEM.
“The great thing about SeaPerch is that 4-H members can build their interest in STEM
from the ground up, using parts that are readily available in hardware and electronics
stores,” said Lori Canada, 4-H development coordinator for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture. “Then, there’s the satisfaction of learning to use
the submersible, fine tune it, and work as a team to hone their skills for competition.
“The skills that go into this are so important for these young people to see that
STEM isn’t just theory, it has practical, and most importantly, fun, applications,”
Canada said. “And that reflects the larger mission for 4-H – to learn by doing.”
The competition has junior and senior sections. The winners of each section can advance
to the nationals to be held in June 1-3 at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.
This year’s teams are:
More than 100 people are registered to participate, volunteer or watch the event.
Spectators are welcome and a $20 fee will cover lunch at the center.
The SeaPerch competition is sponsored by the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.
“The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas are long-time supporters of Arkansas 4-H and
the many programs it offers to the youth in our state,” said Rob Roedel, manager-corporate
communications for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. “We believe that great STEM
programs like SeaPerch are essential in preparing 4-Hers for the future.”
To learn more about the SeaPerch initiative, visit www.seaperch.org.
The Arkansas 4-H program is operated by the Cooperative Extension Service. To learn
more about 4-H in Arkansas, contact your county extension office or visit www.uaex.uada.edu.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org