Explore 2000 Renews Ties to PSEG SPARK Program with HCSTF Support

December 1, 2014 (North Bergen, N.J.) – The HCST Foundation (HCSTF) is pleased to announce the renewal of the PSEG SPARK science grant for Aquatic Adventures, a program that utilizes underwater vehicles to explore local marine biology, announced Linda J. Quentzel, Executive Direct of the HCST Foundation.

This grant continues last year’s endeavor to include 25 middle-grade science students in a week-long program to utilize remotely operated underwater vehicles to explore local marine biology. This summer’s second voyage will once again take place at the James J. Braddock North Hudson County Park in North Bergen, NJ.

A result of collaboration between Explore2000 staff, the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, PSEG and the HCST Foundation, the 2014 SPARK grant totals over $14,000. Explore2000 Assistant Principal Amy Lin-Rodriguez says, “We are fortunate to have the continued support of the HCST Foundation. This funding will help our facilitators with professional development for maintaining successful program implementation and enhancing our existing STEM programs.”

Daniel Gans, HCSTF Board President, applauds the collaboration. Gans says, “We are excited to be a part of PSEG SPARK, which gives students hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology that will be used in the jobs of tomorrow. This program is another example of the Foundation continuing to meet the Mission of experiential learning and achieving greater goals.”

HCSTF Executive Director Quentzel adds, “To have the PSEG SPARK science grant renewed is a boon to our mission.” She continues, “This year’s iteration will allow educators to build on their previous knowledge while allowing a new group of students to participate in this singular experience.”