Time Warner Cable Connects Students Across Texas with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

December 8, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ — Research shows the next generation of Texas youth is not prepared to take on the challenges of the 21st century. Eighty percent of jobs created in the next decade will require math and science skills. However, today’s students show declining interest in the subjects, with 84 percent of middle school students saying they would rather clean their room, eat their vegetables, go to the dentist or take out the garbage than learn math or science.

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This is an issue that threatens the United States’ and the state of Texas’ ability to compete in the global marketplace as a leader in innovation. Which is why Time Warner Cable has launched Connect a Million Minds, a $100 million initiative over five years to address America’s continuing decline in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

With launch events in Waco, San Antonio and Austin the company is kicking off the initiative by giving students opportunities for hands-on learning about science and technology in their own backyards.

Middle school students in Austin toured Darrel K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium to learn about the science, technology and engineering behind the 134-foot jumbotron, the recent stadium expansion and the technologically-advanced field turf.

“This initiative is all about instilling a passion in our young people for science, math, technology and engineering,” said DeLoss Dodds, Athletic Director at the University of Texas at Austin and participant in the Austin Connect a Million Minds launch.

Students from the Girls Inc. program in San Antonio attended a three-day STEM camp sponsored by Time Warner Cable that included a range of hands-on learning activities. Students learned about the chemical reaction needed to make ice cream, toured Time Warner Cable to learn the engineering behind television and participated in a variety of other tasks to grow their interest in and passion for science, technology, engineering and math.

“The more than 4.5 million students in Texas all have the potential to be the next great scientist or engineer if they receive support and opportunities,” said Jon Gary Herrera, Time Warner Cable regional vice president of communication in Texas. “This is why Time Warner Cable is dedicating its resources toward instilling in students across Texas a passion for the science and math skills that will make them the problem solvers of tomorrow.”

Students in Waco had the opportunity to learn first-hand about the future of environmentally-sensitive construction when touring the Waco Chamber of Commerce Building, the first “green” chamber building in the U.S. The group also learned about the engineering behind the city’s more-than 100-year-old suspension bridge and the television studio all while on a tour of Waco.

The city’s mayor, Virginia DuPuy, proclaimed the day Connect a Million Minds Day, stating, “As we all strive to be a positive influence in the lives of young people, the Citizens of Waco express their appreciation to Time Warner Cable for its public commitment to making a true difference in the lives of children in Waco and across Texas and the United States.”

Connect a Million Minds is intended to inspire youth to pursue STEM by connecting them to out-of-school learning opportunities in their community. Through a dedicated Web site, local video on-demand content, public service announcements and more, Time Warner Cable is raising awareness among youth and parents that the pursuit of out-of-school science, technology, engineering and math education can be fun and engaging.

ConnectAMillionMinds.com is the first-of-its-kind national aggregator of afterschool opportunities for youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This tool will provide parents in the community with a free and easy way to find fun, hands-on learning opportunities for their kids. Organizations have the ability to register their programs to help get the word out to parents and students in a simple way.

The tour of Texas will continue in the coming months with stops in El Paso, Dallas and the Rio Grande Valley.

SOURCE Time Warner Cable

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