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LOCAL BOYS & GIRLS CLUB STUDENTS TAKE TRIP TO SHACKLEFORD BANKS TO STUDY SHACKLEFORD HORSES

Science Discovery Trip Engages Students and Sparks Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Careers

Release Date: 06/16/2011

Wilmington, NC (June 16, 2011) – Time Warner Cable is sponsoring a science discovery trip for 10 members from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina to explore one of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) wonders in their own backyard -- The horses of Shackleford Banks.

A partnership with Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds initiative makes the trip to see wild horses possible for the local middle school students. 

“Time Warner Cable is proud to provide this hands-on, exciting STEM experience for students.  Our hope is that seeing and learning about the horses close-up will spark an interest in students to pursue STEM careers,” said Christine Whitaker, Eastern North Carolina area vice president of operations, Time Warner Cable.

The mission of Connect a Million Minds is to provide students with meaningful, quality experiences that expose them to STEM education and careers.  The trip is just one example of how Time Warner Cable sponsors and coordinates local resources to engage and attract youth to seek out more STEM learning opportunities.

Club members will travel to the island at 10 a.m. and participate in three hours of guided nature discovery activities with local biologist, Lasha Halsey, a former National Park Services at Cape Lookout employee.    Club members will observe the wild horses of Shackleford and learn about their feral behaviors.  Members will also learn about the concept of “wilderness management” during the day-long field trip. 

“Most of these club members would never have the chance to visit Shackelford Banks let alone research and study wild horses with a trained wildlife biologist if it weren’t for the coordination and sponsorship of Time Warner Cable,” said Cynthia Barber, director of marketing and special events, Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina.

At the close of the trip, club members will receive an educational book as a gift from Time Warner Cable.

Media wishing to attend should arrive at 9:30 at Outer Banks Ferry Service on 326 Front Street, Beaufort.  Time Warner Cable representatives, Boys & Girls Club staff and members will also be available for interviews at the close of the trip at 1 p.m. on the Beaufort waterfront.

About TWC 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’s East Region provides technologically advanced video, Internet and telephone services to more than 5.9 million residential and business customers.  Time Warner Cable’s East Region serves more than 1,300 cities in nine states, including Alabama, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.  The East Region has more than 17,000 employees focused on delivering the company’s mission every day by connecting people and businesses with information, entertainment and each other. 

Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with well-clustered systems located mainly in five geographic areas — New York State (including New York City), the Carolinas, Ohio, southern California (including Los Angeles) and Texas.  Time Warner Cable serves more than 14 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data and voice services.  Time Warner Cable Business Class offers a suite of phone, Internet, Ethernet and cable television services to businesses of all sizes. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions that are targeted and affordable.  More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com and www.twcmedia.com.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina (BGCCC) has played an integral role in the Carteret & Craven County Community for over 11 years.  The clubs provide daily programs and services to over 1,200 young people.  The Clubs are open Monday – Friday 6-7pm and 7am-7pm during the summer.  The clubs provide structured programs that emphasize character and leadership development, education and career enhancement, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation.  Three clubs make up the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina, the original club located in Beaufort, one in Morehead City and in Havelock. 

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