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Time Warner Cable Addresses Student Attitudes Toward Math and Science Education

Release Date: 11/17/2010

  • Local Town Hall Discussion included Panelists Discovery Education’s Philippe Cousteau, New York Academy of Sciences Dr. Meghan Groome and Former Astronaut Dr. Charles Camarda with Moderator NY1 News’ Adam Balkin
  • Prior to Local Town Hall, Students Viewed and Participated in Global Online Town Hall “Math, Science and the Future of Our Nation” moderated by former Vice President Al Gore
  • NEST+m Student Stephen Koh Represents New York City at These Events


New York, NY – Today, Time Warner Cable’s East Region/NYC presented a town hall where over 100 students and several science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) luminaries/panelists gathered to discuss student attitudes toward math and science.  The event was held in partnership with New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math (NEST+m), a K-12 school in lower Manhattan.  New York City STEM luminaries/panelists included Philippe Cousteau, Chief Spokesperson for Environmental Education for Discovery Education; Dr. Meghan Groome, Manager of K12 Education Initiatives at the New York Academy of Sciences; and Dr. Charles Camarda, former astronaut and NASA’s Senior Advisor for Innovation.  NY1 News’ Technology Reporter Adam Balkin served as the event moderator.  Discussion focused on the need for solutions in generating better student outcomes in STEM subjects, ways to address the crisis in our community and how STEM skills will play a role in solving the global problems of today and tomorrow.

Prior to the local town hall, the students viewed an unprecedented live interactive global online town hall entitled “Math, Science and the Future of Our Nation,” moderated by former Vice President Al Gore.  This initiative connected kids from the U.S. with students globally, and with internationally known science and technology leaders including U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, inventor Dean Kamen, astronaut Sally Ride and hosts of the Discovery Channel’s MythBusters, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage.  All members of the community and participants spanning the globe were able to view the global online town hall event at, where – using a new online broadcasting platform from Vokle – viewers submitted live video questions and comments from anywhere in the world in real time. 

This unique two-part event spotlights Time Warner Cable’s Connect A Million Minds® initiative which was created to inspire young people to build the skills needed in science, technology, engineering and math to become the problem solvers of tomorrow.

“The U.S. ranks 35th in math and 29th in science worldwide – a stunning statistic.  Today’s town hall events bring insight into the pressing need for STEM skills in the future.  As parents, educators, community and business leaders, we need to light the spark to create a new level of interest among students to prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead,” said Harriet Novet, Regional Vice President of Public Affairs, Time Warner Cable’s East Region/NYC.  “Through these two unique town hall events, Time Warner Cable has started the conversation with students and will continue this important dialogue going forward,” added Novet.

To bring this important message beyond school participants, Time Warner Cable will make content available from the school event exclusively to customers in two ways: NY1 On Demand will feature special video segments on Channel 1110; and the entire school event will be captured on video and available free On Demand on Channel 1111 under the “CAMM” category starting November 29.  For those who missed the global online town hall event, this discussion can be viewed again at starting November 18.

"The students and young people I meet every day are hungry for ways to have a positive impact on the future," said Philippe Cousteau, Chief Spokesperson for Environmental Education, Discovery Education and CEO, EarthEcho International.  "Making STEM disciplines a priority in their education today is one of the best ways to acquire the critical skills they need to be the agents of change for tomorrow.  Time Warner Cable's Global Online Town Hall meeting provides students, educators, parents and community leaders with the opportunity to be part of this important conversation,” added Cousteau.

“STEM is about making the world a better place, exploring what is below the surface, and asking and answering the world or your neighborhood’s big questions.  By meeting people who do these things on a daily basis, you come to realize that being a scientist isn’t about being alone in a lab but being out in the world, working with others and following their passion, ideas, and creativity.  People use science to change the world every day, why not you?” said Dr. Meghan Groome, Manager of K12 Education Initiatives at the New York Academy of Sciences.

“Our future lies in the creativity and innovation of our children.  We need to show them how to be critical thinkers and nurture and reward their natural creative abilities to help solve the social and technical problems of the future,” said Dr. Charles Camarda, former astronaut and NASA’s Senior Advisor for Innovation.

“As someone who sees new, cutting-edge technology every day, it's rewarding to help encourage kids to invent the next great life-changing or world-altering innovation.  As a parent of three very young children, it's extremely gratifying for me to work for a company that sees the value in dedicating so many resources towards making sure all of our nation's kids are focusing their studies on the subjects that will be the most important to them if they want to be productive adults and help keep this nation the world power and leader that it is today,” said Adam Balkin, NY1 News’ Technology Reporter. 

Representing New York City in the global event was Stephen Koh, a sophomore from NEST+m.  Despite his young age, Koh has demonstrated a love and passion for math and science that set him apart from so many of his peers.  Koh completed a summer Robotics programs at Johns Hopkins University, is an active member of the student government, writes for the school newspaper and will be a charter member of the FIRST Robotics club at NEST+m.

“We’re honored that Time Warner Cable chose NEST+m to hold the local town hall to discuss the significance of math and science studies, and motivate students so they will be better positioned for future success in a competitive environment.  This discussion has a tremendous impact on our students who have an interest in STEM and we’re proud to have Stephen Koh represent the New York City area in the global online town hall,” said Dr. Olga Livanis, Principal at New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math. 

Koh is also the New York City representative part of the Connect A Million Minds® Correspondents Program. This is a key component of the initiative which pairs a student engaged in STEM activities with a local journalist to help create a dialogue within the community about the need to make STEM programs more accessible to students and to document his overall experience and participation in the global online town hall.  The goal of this program is to showcase the talents and hard work of students like Koh from all across the country by working with local media to share their experiences.  Koh was mentored by Richard Huff, Television Editor and Writer for the New York Daily News.

For more information about Time Warner Cable’s Connect A Million Minds® program or the global online town hall event, please visit

About Time Warner Cable’s East Region/NYC
Time Warner Cable’s New York City footprint serves over 1.4 million customers in four NYC boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn), Mt. Vernon, Hudson Valley (Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and parts of Dutchess, Greene and Delaware Counties) and Bergen and Hudson Counties, New Jersey.

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 (including New York City), the Carolinas, Ohio, Southern California (including Los Angeles) and Texas.  Time Warner Cable serves more than 14.7 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, 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 Current Media
Current Media is an award-winning media company committed to exploring the world’s most important, interesting, and entertaining stories. With a fully integrated television and online platform, Current connects its audience with what’s going on in their world through its blend of bold and unique original and acquired productions. Current has also been at the forefront of user-generated advertising, engaging its creative community to create authentic and effective ads, called VCAMs.  It has offices in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, London, Rome and Milan.

Current TV is now viewed in the U.S., U.K., Italy and Ireland in 70 million households through distribution partners Comcast (channel 107 nationwide), Time Warner (nationwide), DirecTV (channel 358 nationwide), Dish Network (channel 196 nationwide), Verizon, AT&T, BSkyB (channel 183), Virgin Media (channel 155) and Sky Italia (channel 130). also reaches more than 10 million people per month via its online and mobile platforms.

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