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News 14 Carolina and Carolina On Demand Premiere Science and Technology Documentary, ‘Make It or Break It: FIRST Robotics in NC’

Cameras follow two North Carolina teams through intensive 4-month competition

Release Date: 07/08/2010

Raleigh, NC (July 8, 2010)- Using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), two North Carolina high school teams put their skills to the test to design robots for a statewide competition.   Now, you can watch these amazing North Carolina students as their robots come to life for the NC FIRST Robotics competition.

In a Connect A Million Minds® Documentary: Make It or Break It: Robotics in NC, follow their every move as they create and build robots with STEM skills. This special documentary debuts Saturday, July 10th at 11am on News 14 Carolina and then can be seen on Carolina On Demand, channels 199 and 1047.

Make It or Break It: Robotics in NC follows teams from Pine Lake Preparatory in Mooresville and from the Durham School of Math and Science in Durham.   Over four months, the high school teams competed in robot building challenges at the local and regional levels. “Many times, you turn on the news and hear about teenagers in trouble.  This is an opportunity to highlight great kids making a difference through learning, competing and achieving,” says Alan Mason, vice president and general manager, News 14 Carolina.  “Just like a sports competition, we follow these teams from the playoffs to the championship match.”  

Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds is a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math.  This puts children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy.   Of the $100 million, $11 million is designated for North Carolina. Time Warner Cable is a national partner with FIRST as part of the Connect A Million Minds effort. 

The FIRST Robotics Competition helps young adults learn about and experience engineering and research. It tests problem solving and teaches team building skills. The teams are judged on design excellence, team spirit, professionalism and overcoming obstacles.

Along with this documentary, News 14 Carolina highlights STEM activities in North Carolina communities in a special segment airing every Sunday. For more information about Connect A Million Minds, go to www.connectamillionminds.com.

About Time Warner Cable & News 14 Carolina
News 14 Carolina is a 24-hour state and local news and weather network only available to Time Warner Cable customers on channel 14.   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.

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