Charlotte, NC – More than 300 Girls Scouts from six area counties demonstrated their interest in science Tuesday night at Time Warner Cable’s 1st annual Scout Out event at Discovery Place.
The event was the first major local project in support of Time Warner Cable’s Connect A Million Minds initiative launched in November 2009. Connect A Million Minds is the company’s new philanthropic focus designed to raise awareness and visibility for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and to inspire young people to build the skills they need in STEM to become the problem solvers of tomorrow.
“According to surveys we have seen, 84% of middle school students would prefer to do a host of things including going to the dentist and take out the garbage rather than learn math or science,” said Mike Smith, Area Vice President of Time Warner Cable’s Charlotte operations. “Based on the turnout for Scout Out, I’m not sure that is the case in Charlotte!”
Students participated in hands-on learning activities throughout Discovery Place, including the new Cool Stuff exhibit sponsored by Time Warner Cable. Katie Bossi from Troop 2563 (Tega Cay) said she had a great time at Scout Out. “All of the new exhibits at Discovery Place are fun. Since my career choice will be in the science field, I know what I’m learning will help me,” said Bossi.
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx provided words of encouragement to the Girl Scouts and declared Tuesday, April 20th as Connect A Million Minds Day in the city. Foxx told the girls that “science, technology, engineering and math are the subjects you should focus on in school so that you can get a good job after you graduate from college.” He added that “in the next decade, 80% of all jobs will require science and math skills.”
Smith, made a surprise “pay it forward” style donation to Troop 599 from the Beatties Ford area of Charlotte. Earlier this year, the troop donated their cookie sales money to Haitian earthquake relief efforts. Smith told the crowd of more than 500 “when we heard about this very admirable good deed, we thought these girls should be acknowledged and rewarded for their generosity and caring. We wanted to make sure that after all of their hard work selling cookies, they should be able to go to Disney World,” said Smith.
Nationwide, Time Warner Cable has made a $100 million, five-year commitment of cash and in-kind support. Of that, $11 million dollars is designated for North Carolina. The company is in a unique position to use its products and technology to bring more attention to STEM opportunities. “Connect A Million Minds is driven by Time Warner Cable’s heritage as a technology company,” says Smith. “With 80 percent of jobs in the next decade requiring STEM skills, building excitement in STEM areas is critical to helping students of today succeed in the future.”
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable’s Carolina Region provides video, Internet and telephone services to more than 2.1 million residential and business customers in more than 400 cities and towns across North and South Carolina. Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with technologically advanced, well-clustered systems located in five geographic areas-New York State, the Carolinas, Ohio, southern California 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 sales, 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.twcmediasales.com.