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New Triangle Area Summer Science Camp Series Shoots for the Stars

Time Warner Cable’s Minds On! Summer Science Program will feature Morehead Planetarium’s mobile planetarium

Release Date: 06/20/2011

Raleigh, NC (June 20, 2011) – More than 400 students from across the Triangle area will have the opportunity to participate in a new summer science camp program thanks to Time Warner Cable.

The Minds On! Summer Science Program, developed in partnership with the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill, is being funded as part of Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) program, a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to connect youth to ideas, people and opportunities that will inspire them to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The Minds On! Summer Science Program will feature high-quality science education content centered around Morehead’s portable planetarium program. The camps will be hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County, the John Avery Boys & Girls Club in Durham and the Kerr Family YMCA in Wake Forest. Camps will be held at six different Wake County Boys & Girls Clubs, as well as the John Avery Boys & Girls Club and Kerr Family YMCA’s Camp High Hopes.

The camps?a combination of week-long and single-day camps?begin June 27 and run through Aug. 5. Campers from the Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA will learn about everything from space travel, planets, constellations and meteors to how ancient cultures viewed and interpreted the night sky.

“We are very excited to partner with the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center to bring this unique program to so many kids across the Triangle,” said Christine Whitaker, area vice president of operations, Eastern North Carolina. “One of the goals of Connect a Million Minds is to expose students to science in fun and engaging ways and we believe these camps will accomplish that and much more. What we hope to achieve with all of the programs we support is to engage young people to see what’s possible and what they can accomplish.”

“We are thrilled that our kids will have an opportunity to participate in hands-on science activities provided by these wonderful camps,” said Shelia Ryba, executive director, John Avery Boys & Girls Club. “It really is a special opportunity for our kids, many of whom have never visited Morehead Planetarium, to see the portable planetarium right here in the club. Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds will impact nearly 50 campers with these enriching science activities here at John Avery.”

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, and

About 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,, 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 Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center offers an informal learning environment for science education that serves nearly 170,000 visitors every year (including 80,000 K-12 students). Located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Morehead has the largest fulldome digital planetarium in the southeastern United States. Its programs include summer science camps, science cafes, family science activities and statewide outreach, featuring the DESTINY mobile science lab and PLANETS portable planetarium. Morehead is also the founder and coordinator of the North Carolina Science Festival. For more information on Morehead programs, visit or call 919-962-1236.

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