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Time Warner Cable's Connect A Million Minds Brings FIRST® Robotics to Boys & Girls Clubs in the Carolinas

Release Date: 10/24/2012

Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable announced today that four Boys & Girls Clubs in the Carolinas have been selected as participants for a new pilot program, in partnership with FIRST® robotics and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).

Earlier this year, FIRST and BGCA entered into a strategic alliance to bring robotics to Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. Through its Connect a Million Minds program, Time Warner Cable will fund the pilot of this initiative at 20 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide, introducing new students to FIRST in communities throughout its footprint.

“We are proud to bring together two fantastic CAMM partners with this program, both of which are committed to connecting young people to the wonders of science and technology,” said Darrel Hegar, regional vice president of operations, Time Warner Cable Carolinas. “This is yet another way in which Time Warner Cable is showing kids that technology and engineering can be fun by introducing them to exciting, informal learning opportunities outside the classroom.”

The selected clubs are:

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Boys & Girls Club of the Grand Strand
Union County, North Carolina: The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte, Union County Club
Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Salvation Army International Corps Boys & Girls
Raleigh, North Carolina: Raleigh Boys Club

“We are pleased to pilot the robotics program thanks to support from Time Warner Cable,” said Sylvia Adams, executive director, Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs in Winston-Salem.
“The partnership supports Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s initiative to provide young people access to programming in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, which are critical for enabling them to achieve great futures. And, our Club members are excited about the opportunity to participate in the innovative and fun program.”

Time Warner Cable is supporting two different programs, introductory curriculum and actual teams:

  • BGCA’s RoboTech curriculum uses the LEGO Mindstorms® robotics kit. Members build and program several different robots that interact with the environment in numerous ways. In building and programming these robots, Club members learn engineering and computer programming skills in fun and engaging projects. In addition, the grant will allow students to attend a FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) competition this fall, where they can see their peers’ robots in action.
  • FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) robotics teams where Club members work together to build a LEGO Mindstorms robot that can meet this year’s “Super SeniorsSM” challenge to improve the quality of life for seniors by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities. At the end of the season, the team will compete in its first FLL competition.

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). 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 the public can pledge to connect young people with the wonders of science; “The Connectory”, an online resource for parents to find informal STEM learning opportunities in their communities; grants to non-profit organizations that bring after-school STEM learning to students; TWC employees, over 50,000 strong, who volunteer their time at events like science fairs and robotics competitions. National partners include 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 find out more and to take the CAMM pledge, visit www.connectamillionminds.com.

About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and phone services in the United States, connecting more than 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and phone services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers, and through its NaviSite subsidiary, enterprise-class hosting, managed application, messaging 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 Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, some 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve nearly 4 million children and teens through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. Clubs provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at bgca.org/facebook and bgca.org/twitter.

About FIRST®
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and nearly $15 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC® ) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high-school students, FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada) and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism™ is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.

Contact:
Melissa Buscher
VP, Communications
Time Warner Cable Carolinas
919-654-4618

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