Time Warner Cable (TWC) today announced that Neils Hansen, a Groveport resident and coach to a Groveport-based First Lego League team, has been named a finalist in the company’s national Super Connector Search contest.
Hansen will star in a public service announcement appearing on TWC’s Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) Web site where he will compete for online votes against 20 other finalists. The finalist with the most votes will earn a $10,000 grant to be awarded to a local not-for-profit STEM organization of their choice. Hansen has selected COSI as the grant recipient if he wins. As a finalist in the contest, he has already earned COSI a $5000 grant from Time Warner Cable.
Time Warner Cable launched its Super Connector Search contest in October as part of its CAMM initiative – a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to inspire kids to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The contest asked customers to share how they’ve connected young people to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math.
“We’re very excited to name Neils Hansen as the Time Warner Cable Super Connector finalist from Central Ohio,” said Alison Barret, Community Relations Manager. “Customers like Neils are introducing young people to STEM experiences that are inspiring them to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. We are happy to recognize this commitment with a grant to COSI, a valuable resource in our community.”
Hansen has contributed to Time Warner Cable’s goal of connecting a million young minds as coach and mentor for the past seven years to Groveport FIRST Lego League (FLL), in which his children participate. The team competes with other kids, 9-14 years of age, by building robots out of Lego Mindstorms and creating science projects and inventions. He believes his son and daughter’s lives have been shaped by the STEM experiences, allowing them to pursue their passions of inventing, building, presenting and helping others.
Hansen’s FLL team is an ambassador team that travels around Ohio teaching and encouraging students and teachers to get involved with FLL and STEM education. This past year, Hansen was honored as the Adult Mentor of the Year at the FLL state tournament in Dayton, with his team also winning the prestigious Founder's Award for their work as an ambassador team. Hansen also volunteers as a judge of the FLL tournaments at the regional, state and world levels.
From November 28 through December 11, central Ohioans can vote for Neils Hansen by going to connectamillionminds.com.
About Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds
Time Warner Cable’s (TWC) Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which puts our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy. Using its media assets, TWC creates awareness of the issue and inspires students to develop the STEM skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. Program highlights include: original PSAs that challenge public perceptions of STEM; a unique website, www.connectamillionminds.com, where parents and community members can pledge to connect young people with the wonders of science; “The Connectory”, a one-of-a-kind online resource that makes it simple and easy for parents and students to find informal science and technology learning opportunities in their communities; grants to support non-profit organizations that bring stimulating, high-quality and affordable after-school STEM learning to students; TWC employees, over 47,000 strong, who volunteer their time at community events like science fairs and robotics competitions, and share their passion for engineering and technology with students at CAMM career days. TWC’s national CAMM partners are CSAS (Coalition for Science After School) and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Local TWC markets are activating CAMM across the country with community-specific programs and partnerships.
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and phone services in the United States, connecting more than 14 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and phone services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers, and through its NaviSite subsidiary, enterprise-class hosting, managed application, messaging and cloud services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com, www.navisite.com, and www.twcmedia.com.