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Project AquaStar Kicks Off in Columbus

Project addresses the food insecurity epidemic prevailing in the Linden community while educating youth on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Release Date: 06/11/2014

What:
Ribbon-cutting Celebrating Project AquaStar

Who:
Michelle Mills – Columbus City Council & President/CEO at St. Stephen's Community House
Board of Trustees
Elected officials
TWC officials

When:
June 12, 2014, 3p.m.

Where:
St. Stephen's Community House- 1500 E. 17th Avenue- Columbus, Ohio 43219

Details:

Project AquaStar is St. Stephen's Community House’s commitment to addressing the food insecurity epidemic prevailing in the Linden community while simultaneously educating youth on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) principles and how to positively impact their communities. Project AquaStar is an eight-week program designed to engage Central Ohio students ages 5-13 students and includes hands-on inquiry based STEM principals utilizing Aquaponics and urban farming, at St. Stephen’s Community House, a sustainable method used to produce herbs, fruits and vegetables in synergistic elements that use 70-90 percent less energy than traditional farming practices.

Aquaponics is one of the fastest growing areas of interest due to its high productivity, sustainability, conservation of water and reduction of the environmental impact. The process is simple; run-off water taken from fish growing in tanks is used as a food source for plants. Plants then act as natural filters to produce clean water, which is returned back to the thriving fish.

Time Warner Cable is one of the main sponsors of this project through its Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) initiative, a five-year, $100 million cash and in-kind philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology and math (STEM), which puts our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy. The White House recently announced that TWC through its CAMM initiative reached its goal of connecting one million young people to hands-on STEM learning opportunities and resources.

 

About Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high‐speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and, through its NaviSite subsidiary, managed and outsourced information technology solutions 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.

 

About Connect a Million Minds

Time Warner Cable’s (TWC) Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is a five-year, $100 million cash and in-kind philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology 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. 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. To learn more about Connect a Million Minds, visit www.connectamillionminds.com.

 

About St. Stephen’s Community House

St. Stephen’s Community House is touted as providing “womb to tomb care” in five core service areas all of which has earned national accreditation from the Council on Accreditation and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The mission driven organization provides:

  • Family Services supporting families to self-sufficiency
  • Youth Services that shapes at-risk youth into becoming responsible, educated and productive healthy citizens
  • Community & Emergency Services that focuses on stabilizing and improving the overall quality of life in our service areas
  • Senior Services which supports older adults for a healthy and enhanced quality of life
  • Childcare that ensures children are prepared with the skills to achieve and have academic success from cradle to career.

St. Stephen's is seen as a point of pride for the Greater Linden area of Columbus and is a stabilizing force in a transitional neighborhood, serving more than 30,000 residents annually. To learn more, visit www.saintstephensch.org.

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