More than 50% of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S. require math or science skills. Yet, the majority of middle-school students say they would rather take out the garbage than do their math homework.* We need today’s youth to develop skills in science, technology, engineering and math. Their future—and the future of our nation—depends on it.
Connect a Million Minds is Time Warner Cable’s five-year $100 million cash and in-kind commitment to inspire young people to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Launched in November 2009 in conjunction with President Obama’s Educate to Innovate campaign, Connect a Million Minds engages Time Warner Cable employees, customers and community leaders in addressing the growing need for a STEM-skilled workforce.
We are changing the common perception of STEM fields as “boring” and “not for me”—to show young people and their parents that these subjects can be interesting, creative and a path to a brighter future. Here’s how we’re doing it:
Original public service announcements and programming
Millions of dollars in grants to support non-profit organizations that introduce students to STEM in fun and informal settings
The Connectory, a one-of-a-kind resource that allows parents to find kid-centric STEM learning opportunities in their backyard
Time Warner Cable employees, over 50,00 strong, who volunteer at science fairs, robotics competitions and local Connect a Million Minds events
Preparing today’s youth to solve tomorrow’s greatest problems is not something that any one person, community or corporation can do alone. Our national partners, FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and Coalition for Science After School, lead the way in providing hands-on learning opportunities that spark a life-long interest in STEM.
We're always looking for exciting, new organizations that we can engage in our efforts. To find out if your organization is eligible to receive cash grants or in-kind support, visit our Request Support page on connectamillionminds.com.
What You Can Do
Visit connectamillionminds.com to pledge your commitment to introduce a young person to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math. Then, find cool STEM opportunities for kids in your area by visiting The Connectory, a zip code-searchable database filled with local programs.
*U.S. Department of Labor and 2009 Raytheon U.S. Middle School Students Math Habits Study